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Trends Cell Biol. 1993 Feb;3(2):60-5.

Signal transduction during mating and meiosis in S. pombe.

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Institute of Genetics, University of Copenhagen, Ă˜ster Farimagsgade 2A, DK-1353 Copenhagen K, Denmark.


When starved, the fission yeast Schizosaccharomyces pombe responds by producing mating factors or pheromones that signal to cells of the opposite sex to initiate mating. Like its distant relative Saccharomyces cerevisiae, cells of the two mating types of S. pombe each produce a distinct pheromone that binds to receptors on the opposite cell type to induce the morphological changes required for mating. While the pathways are basically very similar in the two yeasts, pheromone signalling in S. pombe differs in several important ways from that of the more familiar budding yeast. In this article, Olaf Nielsen describes the pheromones and their effects in S. pombe, and compares the signalling pathways of the two yeasts.


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