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Cell. 2001 Dec 14;107(6):739-50.

Yeast Cbk1 and Mob2 activate daughter-specific genetic programs to induce asymmetric cell fates.

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  • 1The Molecular Sciences Institute, 2168 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94704, USA.


In Saccharomyces cerevisiae, mothers and daughters have distinct fates. We show that Cbk1 kinase and its interacting protein Mob2 regulate this asymmetry by inducing daughter-specific genetic programs. Daughter-specific expression is due to Cbk1/Mob2-dependent activation and localization of the Ace2 transcription factor to the daughter nucleus. Ectopic localization of active Ace2 to mother nuclei is sufficient to activate daughter-specific genes in mothers. Eight genes are daughter-specific under the tested conditions, while two are daughter-specific only in saturated cultures. Some daughter-specific gene products contribute to cell separation by degrading the cell wall. These experiments define programs of gene expression specific to daughters and describe how those programs are controlled.

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