Reference: Ahn J, et al. (2012) Small heat-shock protein Hsp9 has dual functions in stress adaptation and stress-induced G2-M checkpoint regulation via Cdc25 inactivation in Schizosaccharomyces pombe. Biochem Biophys Res Commun 417(1):613-8

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The small heat-shock protein Hsp9 from Schizosaccharomyces pombe was previously reported to be a homologue of Saccharomyces cerevisiae HSP12. Although Hsp9 is expressed in response to heat shock and nutritional limitation, its function is still not completely understood. Here, we explored the biological function of Hsp9 in S. pombe. The hsp9 gene might play a role in stress adaptation; hsp9 deletion caused heat sensitivity and overexpression induced heat tolerance. In addition, Hsp9 also contribute to cell cycle regulation in the nucleus. ?hsp9 cells grew more quickly and were shorter in length than wild-type cells. Moreover, ?hsp9 cells did not achieve checkpoint arrest under stress conditions, leading to cell death, and exhibited a short doubling time and short G2 phase. Overexpression of hsp9 induced cell cycle delay, increased the population of G2 phase cells, and rescued the phenotypes of cdc2-33, cdc25-22, ?rad24, and ?rad25 mutants, suggesting that Hsp9 probably regulates Cdc2 phosphorylation by modulating the Cdc25 activity. Indeed, immunoprecipitation experiments revealed that Hsp9 is associated with 14-3-3 and Cdc25. In ?hsp9 cells, the association of 14-3-3 with Cdc25 was weakened and Cdc2 phosphorylaton was reduced. Together, our data suggest that Hsp9 has dual functions in stress adaptation and regulating a G2-M checkpoint by the Cdc25 inactivation; this differs from S. cerevisiae HSP12, which maintains cell membrane stability under stress conditions.

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Ahn J, Won M, Choi JH, Kyun ML, Cho HS, Park HM, Kang CM, Chung KS
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