Fission yeast MO25 protein is localized at SPB and septum and is essential for cell morphogenesis

Muneyoshi Kanai, Kazunori Kume, Kohji Miyahara, Keisuke Sakai, Keigo Nakamura, Klaus Leonhard, David J. Wiley, Fulvia Verde, Takashi Toda, Dai Hirata

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Cell morphogenesis is of fundamental significance in all eukaryotes for development, differentiation, and cell proliferation. In fission yeast, Drosophila Furry-like Mor2 plays an essential role in cell morphogenesis in concert with the NDR/Tricornered kinase Orb6. Mutations of these genes result in the loss of cell polarity. Here we show that the conserved proteins, MO25-like Pmo25, GC kinase Nak1, Mor2, and Orb6, constitute a morphogenesis network that is important for polarity control and cell separation. Intriguingly, Pmo25 was localized at the mitotic spindle pole bodies (SPBs) and then underwent translocation to the dividing medial region upon cytokinesis. Pmo25 formed a complex with Nak1 and was required for both the localization and kinase activity of Nak1. Pmo25 and Nak1 in turn were essential for Orb6 kinase activity. Further, the Pmo25 localization at the SPBs and the Nak1-Orb6 kinase activities during interphase were under the control of the Cdc7 and Sid1 kinases in the septation initiation network (SIN), suggesting a functional linkage between SIN and the network for cell morphogenesis/separation following cytokinesis.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3012-3025
Number of pages14
JournalEMBO Journal
Issue number17
StatePublished - Sep 2005


  • Cell morphogenesis
  • MO25
  • Mor2
  • SIN
  • SPB

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Genetics
  • Cell Biology


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