Byr4p, a Possible Regulator of Mitosis and Cytokinesis in Fission Yeast, Localizes to the Spindle Pole Body by its C-Terminal Domains

Miri Jwa, Sejeong Shin, Charles F. Albright, Kiwon Song

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Cytokinesis and septation should be coordinated to nuclear division in the cell division cycle for precise transmission of the genome into daughter cells. byr4, an essential gene in fission yeast Schizosaccharomyces pombe, regulates the timing of cytokinesis and septation in a dosage-dependent manner. We examined the intracellular localization of the Byr4 protein by expressing byr4 as a fusion of green fluorescence protein (GFP). The Byr4 protein localizes as a single dot on the nuclear periphery of interphase cells, duplicates before mitosis, and the duplicated dots segregate with the nuclei in anaphase. The behavior of Byr4p throughout the cell cycle strongly suggests that Byr4p is localized to the spindle pole body (SPB), a microtubule organizing center (MTOC) in yeast. The presence of the Byr4 protein in the SPB is consistent with its function to coordinate mitosis and cytokinesis. We also mapped the domains of Byr4p for its proper localization to SPB by expressing various byr4 deletion mutants as GFP fusions. Analyses of the diverse byr4 deletion mutants suggest that the indirect repeats and the regions homologous to the open reading frame (ORF) YJR053W of S. cerevisiae in its C-terminus are essential for its localization to the SPB.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)92-97
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1999 Jan 31


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Biology

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