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We have investigated the usefulness of the fission yeast Schizosaccharomyces pombe as a model organism for the discovery of novel modes of drug resistance in human cells. In fission yeast, overexpression of the essential pad1(+) gene confers pleiotropic drug resistance through a pathway involving an AP-1 transcription factor encoded by pap1(+). We have identified POH1, a human pad1 homologue that can substitute fully for pad1(+) and induce AP-1-dependent drug resistance in fission yeast. POH1 also confers P-glycoprotein-independent resistance to taxol (paclitaxel), doxorubicin, 7-hydroxystaurosporine, and ultraviolet light when transiently overexpressed in mammalian cells. Poh1 is a previously unidentified component of the human 26 S proteasome, a multiprotein complex that degrades proteins targeted for destruction by the ubiquitin pathway. Hence, Poh1 is part of a conserved mechanism that determines cellular susceptibility to cytotoxic agents, perhaps by influencing the ubiquitin-dependent proteolysis of transcription factors.

Type

Journal article

Journal

J Biol Chem

Publication Date

28/11/1997

Volume

272

Pages

30470 - 30475

Keywords

Amino Acid Sequence, Animals, COS Cells, Cloning, Molecular, Cysteine Endopeptidases, Doxorubicin, Drug Resistance, Multiple, Genes, Fungal, Humans, Molecular Sequence Data, Multienzyme Complexes, Pancreatitis-Associated Proteins, Proteasome Endopeptidase Complex, Schizosaccharomyces, Schizosaccharomyces pombe Proteins, Sequence Alignment, Sequence Homology, Amino Acid, Trans-Activators, Transcription Factor AP-1