The role of catalase and superoxide dismutase (SOD) in response of the yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae to oxidative stress induced by hydrogen peroxide in the middle-exponential phase has been investigated. It was shown that cell survival is significantly decreased after yeast exposure to hydrogen peroxide in the strains defective in cytosolic or peroxisomal catalases. Treatment of the wild-type cells with 0.5 mM H2O2 for 30 min causes an increase in the activity of catalase and superoxide dismutase, but the effect was not observed in all strains investigated. It was also shown that hydrogen peroxide leads to an increase in the activities of both catalases and Cu,Zn-containing SOD. The effect was cancelled by cycloheximide, an inhibitor of protein synthesis.