Alfalfa cyclins: Differential expression during the cell cycle and in plant organs

Heribert Hirt*, Mátyás Mink, Martin Pfosser, Laszlo Bögre, János Györgyey, Claudia Jonak, Anton Gartner, Dénes Dudits, Erwin Heberle-Bors

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Cell division in eukaryotes is mediated by the action of the mitosis promoting factor, which is composed of the CDC2 protein kinase and one of the various mitotic cyclins. We have recently isolated a cdc2 gene from alfalfa. Here, we report the isolation of two cyclin genes, cycMs1 and cycMs2, from alfalfa. The cycMs2 gene shows highest similarity to type B cyclins. In contrast, the predicted amino acid sequence of the cycMs1 gene shows similar homology scores to cyclins of all types (25 to 35%). Both genes are expressed in dividing suspension cultured cells but cease to be expressed when the cells enter stationary phase. In synchronized alfalfa suspension cultured cells, the mRNAs of cycMs1 and cycMs2 show maximal expression in the G2 and M phases. Transcripts of cycMs2 are found only in late G2 and M phase cells, an expression pattern typical for cyclin B genes, whereas cycMs1 appears with the onset of G2. This pattern indicates that alfalfa cycMs1 and cycMs2 belong to different classes of cyclins. In young leaves, expression of both genes is high, whereas in mature leaves no transcripts can be detected, indicating that the two cyclin genes are true cell division markers at the mRNA level. In other organs, a more complex expression pattern of the two cyclin genes was found.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1531-1538
Number of pages8
JournalPlant Cell
Issue number12
StatePublished - Dec 1992
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Plant Science
  • Cell Biology


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