The cdc7 protein kinase is a dosage dependent regulator of septum formation in fission yeast

EMBO J. 1994 Jul 1;13(13):3011-9.


Mutation of the Schizosaccharomyces pombe cdc7 gene prevents formation of the division septum and cytokinesis. We have cloned the cdc7 gene and show that it encodes a protein kinase which is essential for cell division. In the absence of cdc7 function, spore germination, DNA synthesis and mitosis are unaffected, but cells are unable to initiate formation of the division septum. Overexpression of p120cdc7 causes cell cycle arrest; cells complete mitosis and then undergo multiple rounds of septum formation without cell cleavage. This phenotype, which is similar to that resulting from inactivation of cdc16 protein, requires the kinase activity of p120cdc7. Mutations inactivating the early septation gene, cdc11, suppress the formation of multiple septa and allow cells to proliferate normally. If formation of the division septum is prevented by inactivation of either cdc14 or cdc15, p120cdc7 overproduction does not interfere with other events in the mitotic cell cycle. Septation is not induced by overexpression of p120cdc7 in G2 arrested cells, indicating that it does not bypass the normal dependency of septation upon initiation of mitosis. These findings indicate that the p120cdc7 protein kinase plays a key role in initiation of septum formation and cytokinesis in fission yeast and suggest that p120cdc7 interacts with the cdc11 protein in the control of septation.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Amino Acid Sequence
  • Cell Cycle Proteins*
  • Cell Division / genetics
  • Cloning, Molecular
  • Fungal Proteins / genetics
  • Fungal Proteins / physiology
  • Gene Expression Regulation, Fungal
  • Genes, Fungal / genetics
  • Molecular Sequence Data
  • Mutation
  • Phenotype
  • Protein Kinases / genetics
  • Protein Kinases / physiology*
  • Protein-Serine-Threonine Kinases*
  • Restriction Mapping
  • Schizosaccharomyces / cytology
  • Schizosaccharomyces / enzymology*
  • Schizosaccharomyces / genetics
  • Schizosaccharomyces pombe Proteins*
  • Sequence Homology, Amino Acid


  • Cell Cycle Proteins
  • Fungal Proteins
  • Schizosaccharomyces pombe Proteins
  • Protein Kinases
  • cdc7 protein, S pombe
  • Protein-Serine-Threonine Kinases

Associated data

  • GENBANK/X78799