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EMBO J. 1994 Dec 15;13(24):6099-106.

A role for Hsp90 in cell cycle control: Wee1 tyrosine kinase activity requires interaction with Hsp90.

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Department of Molecular Biology, Scripps Research Institute, La Jolla, CA 92037.


Wee1 protein kinase regulates the length of G2 phase by carrying out the inhibitory tyrosyl phosphorylation of Cdc2-cyclin B kinase. Mutations were isolated that suppressed the G2 cell cycle arrest caused by overproduction of Wee1. One class of swo (suppressor of wee1 overproduction) mutation, exemplified by swo1-26, also caused a temperature sensitive lethal phenotype in a wee1+ background. The swo1+ gene encodes a member of the Hsp90 family of stress proteins. Swo1 is essential for viability at all temperatures. Swo1 coimmunoprecipitates with Wee1, showing that the two proteins interact. The swo1-26 mutant undergoes premature mitosis when grown at a semi-permissive temperature. These data strongly indicate that formation of active Wee1 tyrosine kinase requires interaction with Swo1, perhaps in a manner analogous to the previously demonstrated interaction between Hsp90 and v-src tyrosine kinase. These observations demonstrate a unexpected role for Hsp90 in cell cycle control.

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