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FEMS Yeast Res. 2004 Dec;5(3):205-11.

Ability of human CDC25B phosphatase splice variants to replace the function of the fission yeast Cdc25 cell cycle regulator.

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  • 1Institut d'Exploration Fonctionnelle des GĂ©nomes, UniversitĂ© Paul Sabatier, LBCMCP-CNRS UMR5088, IFR109 118 route de Narbonne, 31077 Toulouse, France.


CDC25 phosphatases are essential and evolutionary-conserved actors of the eukaryotic cell cycle control. To examine and compare the properties of three splicing variants of human CDC25B, recombinant fission yeast strains expressing the human proteins in place of the endogenous Cdc25 were generated and characterized. We report, that the three CDC25B variants: (i) efficiently replace the yeast counterpart in vegetative growth, (ii) partly restore the gamma and UV radiation DNA damage-activated checkpoint, (iii) fail to restore the DNA replication checkpoint activated by hydroxyurea. Although these yeast strains do not reveal the specific functions of the human CDC25B variants, they should provide useful screening tools for the identification of new cell cycle regulators and pharmacological inhibitors of CDC25 phosphatase.

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