Slk1 is a meiosis-specific Sid2-related kinase that coordinates meiotic nuclear division with growth of the forespore membrane

J Cell Sci. 2008 May 1;121(Pt 9):1383-92. doi: 10.1242/jcs.023812. Epub 2008 Apr 8.


Septation and spore formation in fission yeast are compartmentalization processes that occur during the mitotic and meiotic cycles, and that are regulated by the septation initiation network (SIN). In mitosis, activation of Sid2 protein kinase transduces the signal from the spindle pole body (SPB) to the middle of the cell in order to promote the constriction of the actomyosin ring. Concomitant with ring contraction, membrane vesicles are added at the cleavage site to enable the necessary expansion of the cell membrane. In meiosis, the forespore membrane is synthesized from the outer layers of the SPB by vesicle fusion. This membrane grows and eventually engulfs each of the four haploid nuclei. The molecular mechanism that connects the SIN pathway with synthesis of the forespore membrane is poorly understood. Here, we describe a meiosis-specific Sid2-like kinase (Slk1), which is important for the coordination of the growth of the forespore membrane with the meiotic nuclear divisions. Slk1 and Sid2 are required for forespore membrane biosynthesis and seem to be the final output of the SIN pathway in meiosis.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Alleles
  • Amino Acid Sequence
  • Cell Membrane / enzymology
  • Cell Nucleus / enzymology*
  • Green Fluorescent Proteins / metabolism
  • Meiosis*
  • Molecular Sequence Data
  • Mutation / genetics
  • Phenotype
  • Protein Kinases / chemistry*
  • Protein Transport
  • Recombinant Fusion Proteins / metabolism
  • Schizosaccharomyces / cytology*
  • Schizosaccharomyces / enzymology*
  • Schizosaccharomyces pombe Proteins / chemistry
  • Schizosaccharomyces pombe Proteins / metabolism*
  • Sequence Homology, Amino Acid
  • Spindle Apparatus / metabolism
  • Spores, Fungal / cytology
  • Spores, Fungal / enzymology
  • Spores, Fungal / growth & development*


  • Recombinant Fusion Proteins
  • Schizosaccharomyces pombe Proteins
  • Green Fluorescent Proteins
  • Protein Kinases
  • Sid2 protein, S pombe