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Yeast. 2003 Jul 30;20(10):845-55.

Characterization of vps33+, a gene required for vacuolar biogenesis and protein sorting in Schizosaccharomyces pombe.

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Department of Life Sciences, Faculty of Agriculture, Kagawa University, Miki-cho, Kagawa 761-0795, Japan.


From the fission yeast Schizosaccharomyces pombe we have identified and deleted vps33, a gene encoding a homologue of VPS33, which is required for vacuolar biogenesis in S. cerevisiae cells. When the vps33(+) gene is disrupted, Sz. pombe strains are temperature-sensitive for growth and contain numerous small vesicular structures stained with FM4-64 in the cells. Deletion of the Sz. pombe vps33(+) gene results in pleiotropic phenotypes consistent with the absence of normal vacuoles, including missorting of vacuolar carboxypeptidase Y, various ion- and drug-sensitivities, and sporulation defects. These results are consistent with Vps33p being necessary for the morphogenesis of vacuoles and subsequent expression of vacuolar functions in Sz. pombe cells.

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