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Mol Cell. 2013 Sep 26;51(6):829-39. doi: 10.1016/j.molcel.2013.08.019. Epub 2013 Sep 12.

TORC2 signaling pathway guarantees genome stability in the face of DNA strand breaks.

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Friedrich Miescher Institute for Biomedical Research, Maulbeerstrasse 66, 4058 Basel, Switzerland.


A chemicogenetic screen was performed in budding yeast mutants that have a weakened replication stress response. This identified an inhibitor of target of rapamycin (TOR) complexes 1 and 2 that selectively enhances the sensitivity of sgs1Δ cells to hydroxyurea and camptothecin. More importantly, the inhibitor has strong synthetic lethality in combination with either the break-inducing antibiotic Zeocin or ionizing radiation, independent of the strain background. Lethality correlates with a rapid fragmentation of chromosomes that occurs only when TORC2, but not TORC1, is repressed. Genetic inhibition of Tor2 kinase, or its downstream effector kinases Ypk1/Ypk2, conferred similar synergistic effects in the presence of Zeocin. Given that Ypk1/Ypk2 controls the actin cytoskeleton, we tested the effects of actin modulators latrunculin A and jasplakinolide. These phenocopy TORC2 inhibition on Zeocin, although modulation of calcineurin-sensitive transcription does not. These results implicate TORC2-mediated actin filament regulation in the survival of low levels of DNA damage.

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