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Effect of cell cycle arrest on intermediate metabolism in the marine diatom Phaeodactylum tricornutum [Cell Biology]

Effect of cell cycle arrest on intermediate metabolism in the marine diatom Phaeodactylum tricornutum [Cell Biology]
Elizabeth H. Burrows, Min Kyung Kim, Joomi Kim, Paul G. Falkowski, Stephane Bach, Desmond S. Lun, Christopher M. Brown

The inhibitor NU 2058 [6-(cyclohexylmethoxy)-9H-purin-2-amine] leads to G1-phase cell cycle arrest in the marine diatom, Phaeodactylum tricornutum, by binding to two cyclin-dependent kinases, CDKA1 and CDKA2. NU 2058 has no effect on photosynthetic attributes, such as Fv/Fm, chlorophyll a/cell, levels of D2 PSII subunits, or RbcL; however, cell cycle arrest leads to unbalanced growth whereby photosynthetic products that can no longer be used for cell division are redirected toward carbohydrates and triacylglycerols (TAGs). Arrested cells up-regulate most genes involved in fatty acid synthesis, including acetyl-CoA carboxylase, and three out of five putative type II diglyceride acyltransferases (DGATs), the enzymes that catalyze TAG production. Correlation of transcriptomes in arrested cells with a flux balance model for P. tricornutum predicts that reactions in the mitochondrion that supply glycerate may support TAG synthesis. Our results reveal that sources of intermediate metabolites and macromolecular sinks are tightly coupled to the cell cycle in a marine diatom, and that arresting cells in the G1 phase leads to remodeling of intermediate metabolism and unbalanced growth.

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