Mcs2 and a novel CAK subunit Pmh1 associate with Skp1 in fission yeast

Sophie Bamps, Thomas Westerling, Arno Pihlak, Lionel Tafforeau, Jean Vandenhaute, Tomi P Mäkelä, Damien Hermand

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle


The Mcs6 CDK together with its cognate cyclin Mcs2 represents the CDK-activating kinase (CAK) of fission yeast Cdc2. We have attempted to determine complexes in which Mcs6 and Mcs2 mediate this and possible other functions. Here we characterize a novel interaction between Mcs2 and Skp1, a component of the SCF (Skp1-Cullin-F box protein) ubiquitin ligase. Furthermore, we identify a novel protein termed Pmh1 through its association with Skp1. Pmh1 associates with the Mcs6-Mcs2 complex, enhancing its kinase activity, and represents the apparent homolog of metazoan Mat1. Association of Mcs2 or Pmh1 with Skp1 does not appear to be involved in proteolytic degradation, as these complexes do not contain Pcu1, and levels of Mcs2 or Pmh1 are not sensitive to inhibition of SCF and the 26S proteasome. The identified interactions between Skp1 and two regulatory CAK subunits may reflect a novel mechanism to modulate activity and specificity of the Mcs6 kinase.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1424-32
Number of pages9
JournalBiochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2004


Cite this