Cell cycle specificity of certain antimicrotubular drugs in Schizosaccharomyces pombe

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Abstract

Of the seven antimicrotubular drugs tested, nocodazole, mebendazole and trifluralin at saturable concentrations failed to inhibit cell division in Schizosaccharomyces pombe, while carbendazim, thiabendazole and chloropropham each at 50 μg ml-1 and amiprophos methyl at 200 μg ml-1 completely arrested cell division. This inhibition was associated with striking morphological changes in which carbendazim- and thiabendazole-treated cells became elongated and pseudohyphal, whereas chloropropham- and amiprophos methyl-treated cells appeared small and rounded with occasional V-shaped pairs. Lomofungin staining revealed that nuclear division was also arrested by these drugs. Suspected blockage of defined cell cycle stages was confirmed by pulse-induction experiments which revealed that cells could be synchronized into division using exposure to a drug for one generation. Further experiments with synchronous cultures prepared by size selection showed that different drugs possessed different transition points; for example, carbendazim and thiabendazole were effective in blocking a late stage of the cell cycle just prior to division, whereas amiprophos methyl affected a very early stage. The results suggest that some of the drugs used exert cell cycle specificity in S. pombe either by impairing microtubule assembly mechanisms (as with carbendazim and thiabendazole) or by inhibiting synthesis of tubulin subunits (as with amiprophos methyl). These drugs could prove useful in studies of microtubule biogenesis during the cell cycle in yeast.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)61-71
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of General Microbiology
Volume128
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 1982

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Schizosaccharomyces
Thiabendazole
Cell Cycle
Pharmaceutical Preparations
Microtubules
Cell Division
Trifluralin
Mebendazole
Cell Nucleus Division
Nocodazole
Tubulin
Yeasts
Staining and Labeling
amiprophos methyl
carbendazim

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