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Fission yeast cells divide at a similar cell length with little variation about the mean. This is thought to be the result of a control mechanism that senses size and corrects for any deviations by advancing or delaying onset of mitosis. Gene deletions that advance cells into mitosis at a smaller size or delay cells entering mitosis have led to the identification of genes potentially involved in this mechanism. However, the molecular basis of this control is still not understood. In this work, we have screened for genes that when deleted increase the variability in size of dividing cells. The strongest candidate identified in this screen was mga2 The mga2 deletion strain shows a greater variation in cell length at division, with a coefficient of variation (CV) of 15-24%, while the wild-type strain has a CV of 5-8%. Furthermore, unlike wild-type cells, the mga2 deletion cells are unable to correct cell size deviations within one cell cycle. We show that the mga2 gene genetically interacts with nem1 and influences the nuclear membrane and the nuclear-cytoplasmic transport of CDK regulators. © 2021. Published by The Company of Biologists Ltd.


Elizabeth Scotchman, Kazunori Kume, Francisco J Navarro, Paul Nurse. Identification of mutants with increased variation in cell size at onset of mitosis in fission yeast. Journal of cell science. 2021 Feb 11;134(3)

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