Fission yeast Int6 is not essential for global translation initiation, but deletion of int6+ causes hypersensitivity to caffeine and affects spore formation

A. Bandyopadhyay, T. Matsumoto, U. Maitra

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Mammalian INT6 protein has been considered to be a subunit of the eukaryotic translation initiation factor, eIF3. The Int6 locus is also known as a common integration site of mouse mammary tumor virus (MMTV). However, the function of Int6 in translation initiation and the mechanism of Int6-mediated tumor induction are yet to be explored. In this study, the fission yeast, Schizosaccharomyces pombe, int6+, which is 43% identical to the mammalian counterpart, was deleted. Despite the evidence that the majority of Int6 protein was associated with 40S particles in this organism, strains lacking int6+ (Δint6) were viable and showed only moderate inhibition in the rate of in vivo global protein synthesis. Polysome profile analysis showed no apparent defects in translation initiation. Δint6 exhibited a hypersensitivity to caffeine, which could be suppressed by the addition of sorbitol to the growth medium. This and other phenotypes would imply that int6+ is required for the integrity of cell membrane. In meiosis, Δint6 produced incomplete tetrads frequently. High dosage expression of a truncated mutant of int6+ conferred a hypersensitivity to caffeine, but did not cause the defect in meiosis. A possible link between the function of int6+ and the Δint6-phenotypes is discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)4005-4018
Number of pages14
JournalMolecular biology of the cell
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2000


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  • Molecular Biology
  • Cell Biology

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