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Dbf2 is essential for cytokinesis and correct mitotic spindle formation in Candida albicans

AuthorsGonzález-Novo, Alberto ; Labrador, Leticia; Pablo Hernando, M.ª Evangelina ; Correa-Bordes, Jaime; Sánchez-Pérez, Miguel; Jiménez, Javier; Vázquez de Aldana, Carlos R.
Issue Date2009
PublisherBlackwell Publishing
CitationMolecular Microbiology 72(6): 1364-1378 (2009)
AbstractWe have characterized the DBF2 gene, encoding a protein kinase of the NDR family in Candida albicans, and demonstrate that this gene is essential for cell viability. Conditional mutants were constructed by using the MET3 promoter to analyse the phenotype of cells lacking this kinase. The absence of Dbf2 resulted in cells arrested as large-budded pairs that failed to contract the actomyosin ring, a function similar to that described for its Saccharomyces cerevisiae orthologue. In addition to its role in cytokinesis, Dbf2 regulates mitotic spindle organization and nuclear segregation as Dbf2-depleted cells have abnormal microtubules and severe defects in nuclear migration to the daughter cell, which results in a cell cycle block during mitosis. Taken together, these results imply that Dbf2 performs several functions during exit from mitosis and cytokinesis. Consistent with a role in spindle organization, the protein localizes to the mitotic spindle during anaphase, and it interacts physically with tubulin, as indicated by immunoprecipitation experiments. Finally, DBF2 depletion also resulted in impaired true hyphal growth. © 2009 Blackwell Publishing Ltd.
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Publisher version (URL)http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1365-2958.2009.06729.x
Identifiersdoi: 10.1111/j.1365-2958.2009.06729.x
issn: 0950-382X
e-issn: 1365-2958
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