Complementation of a yeast cell cycle mutant by an alfalfa cDNA encoding a protein kinase homologous to p34cdc2

Heribert Hirt*, Anikó Páy, János Györgyey, László Bakó, Kinga Németh, László Bögre, Rudolf J. Schweyen, Erwin Heberle-Bors, Dénes Dudits

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The cdc2 protein kinase plays a central role in control of the eukaryotic cell cycle of animals and yeasts. We have isolated a cDNA clone (cdc2Ms) from alfalfa (Medicago sativa L.) that is homologous to the yeast cdc2/CDC28 genes. The encoded protein is 64% identical to the yeast and mammalian counterparts and shows all the prominent structural features known from these organisms. Antibody raised against a 16-amino acid synthetic peptide with crossreactivity against p34 proteins recognized a 34-kilodalton protein in extracts of alfalfa cells. When transferred into a fission yeast, the plant cdc2 homolog can complement a temperature-sensitive cdc2 mutant. Northern analysis revealed higher transcript levels in shoots and suspension cultures than in roots. In addition to the dominant transcript of 1.4 kilobases detected in the poly(A)+ fraction, 2.5- and 1.2-kilobase transcripts were detected in total RNA preparations from shoots or somatic embryos. Suspension cultures that were induced to form somatic embryos by an auxin (2,4-dichlorophenoxyacetic acid) showed fluctuations in transcription pattern during the induction period and embryogenesis.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1636-1640
Number of pages5
JournalProceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
Issue number5
StatePublished - 1991


  • 2,4-dichlorophenoxyacetic acid
  • Medicago saliva L
  • Plant cell culture
  • Plant cell cycle
  • Somatic embryogenesis

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