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Mol Gen Genet. 1999 Feb;261(1):177-83.

A Schizosaccharomyces pombe gene, ksg1, that shows structural homology to the human phosphoinositide-dependent protein kinase PDK1, is essential for growth, mating and sporulation.

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Institute of General Microbiology, University of Berne, Switzerland.


Fission yeast (Schizosaccharomyces pombe) requires inositol for growth, mating and sporulation. To define putative genes that are involved in the processing and transduction of the inositol signal, mutants that are temperature sensitive for growth and sporulation were selected on a medium containing non-limiting amounts of inositol. Two such mutants (ksg1-208 and ksg1-358) were analyzed, which are impaired in mating and sporulation at 30 degrees C and undergo growth arrest in the G2 phase of the cell cycle at 35 degrees C. The ksg1 gene was isolated by functional complementation. It maps on the left arm of chromosome II and encodes a putative 592-amino acid protein which exhibits good structural homology to a human 3-phosphoinositide-dependent protein kinase (PDK1) and its rat and Drosophila homologues. The two mutants have the same substitution at amino acid position 159: a glycine residue is replaced by glutamic acid. Deletion of the gene is lethal for haploid cells. We propose that ksg1 is involved in one or several phosphoinositide signalling processes that are responsible for control of the life cycle.

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