Ca2+/calmodulin and p85 cooperatively regulate an initiation of cytokinesis in Tetrahymena

Kohsuke Gonda, Mariko Katoh, Kazuko Hanyu, Yoshio Watanabe, Osamu Numata

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Tetrahymena p85 differs in mobility in two-dimensional SDS-polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis between wild-type and temperature-sensitive cell-division-arrest mutant cdaA1 cell extracts, and is localized to the presumptive division plane before the formation of the division furrow. The p85 contained three identical sequences which show homology to the calmodulin binding site Ca2+/calmodulin dependent protein kinase Type II Saccharomyces cerevisiae. We found the p85 directly interacts with Tetrahymena calmodulin in a Ca2+-dependent manner, using a co-sedimentation assay. We next examined the localization of p85 and calmodulin during cytokinesis using indirect immunofluorescence. The results showed that both proteins colocalize in the division furrow. This is the first observation that calmodulin is localized in the division furrow. Moreover, the direct interaction between p85 and Ca2+/calmodulin was inhibited by Ca2+/calmodulin inhibitor N-(6-aminohexyl)5-chloro-1-naphthalenesulfonamide HCl. When the cells were treated with the drug just before the beginning of cytokinesis, the drug also inhibited the localization of p85 and calmodulin to the division plane, and the formation of the contractile ring and division furrow. Therefore, we propose that the Ca2+/calmodulin signal and its target protein p85 cooperatively regulate an initiation of cytokinesis and may be also concerned with the progression of cytokinesis in Tetrahymena.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3619-3626
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Cell Science
Issue number21
Publication statusPublished - 1999


  • Calmodulin
  • Cytokinesis
  • Division furrow
  • Tetrahymena
  • W7
  • p85


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