A panel screening using cdc mutants of Schizosaccharomyces pombe identified radicicol as a potent growth inhibitor of certain mutants at the permissive temperature. The strains sensitive to radicicol were cdc7, cdc11, and cdc14, all of which are defective in early septum formation. Cytokinesis but not nuclear division of these mutants was inhibited by radicicol, but that of cells with the wild-type background was not. A biologically active derivative of radicicol with a biotin moiety at the C-11 position bound Swol, an Hsp90 homologue in S. pombe. Increased Swol expression partially suppressed radicicol sensitivity of cdc14 and almost completely rescued morphological abnormalities in cdc14 and cdc7 cells induced by radicicol at the permissive temperature. On the other hand, the increased Swo1 expression did not restore septum formation at the nonpermissive temperature. These results suggest that Swo1, as a molecular chaperone, plays a role in stabilizing these temperature-sensitive proteins at the permissive temperature or in activating the cytokinesis signaling cascade.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Analytical Chemistry
- Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
- Molecular Biology
- Organic Chemistry