Title

Mob2p interacts with the protein kinase Orb6p to promote coordination of cell polarity with cell cycle progression

GSBS Program

Biochemistry & Molecular Pharmacology

UMMS Affiliation

Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences; Department of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology

Date

11-29-2002

Document Type

Article

Medical Subject Headings

Actins; Cell Cycle; Cell Cycle Proteins; Cell Polarity; Cells, Cultured; Cytoskeleton; Genes, Lethal; Mitosis; Mutation; Myosins; Phosphoproteins; Protein-Serine-Threonine Kinases; Saccharomyces cerevisiae Proteins; Schizosaccharomyces; *Schizosaccharomyces pombe Proteins

Disciplines

Life Sciences | Medicine and Health Sciences

Abstract

The molecular mechanisms that temporally and spatially coordinate cell morphogenesis with the cell cycle remain poorly understood. Here we describe the characterization of fission yeast Mob2p, a novel protein required for regulating cell polarity and cell cycle control. Deletion of mob2 is lethal and causes cells to become spherical, with depolarized actin and microtubule cytoskeletons. A decrease in Mob2p protein level results in a defect in the activation of bipolar growth. This phenotype is identical to that of mutants defective in the orb6 protein kinase gene, and we find that Mob2p physically interacts with Orb6p. In addition, overexpression of Mob2p, like that of Orb6p, results in a delay in the onset of mitosis. Mob2p localizes to the cell periphery and cytoplasm throughout the cell cycle and to the division site during late anaphase and telophase. Mob2p is unable to localize to the cell middle in mutants defective in actomyosin ring and septum formation. Our results suggest that Mob2p, along with Orb6p, is required for coordinating polarized cell growth during interphase with the onset of mitosis.

Rights and Permissions

Citation: J Cell Sci. 2003 Jan 1;116(Pt 1):125-35.

Related Resources

Link to article in PubMed

PubMed ID

12456722