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Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 1996 Nov 12;93(23):13371-6.

A cdc5+ homolog of a higher plant, Arabidopsis thaliana.

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  • 1Laboratory of Plant Molecular Biology, Tsukuba Life Science Center, Institute of Physical and Chemical Research (RIKEN), Ibaraki, Japan.


We cloned and characterized a cDNA corresponding to a cdc5+ homolog of the higher plant, Arabidopsis thaliana. The cDNA, named AtCDC5 cDNA, encodes a polypeptide of 844 amino acid residues. The amino acid sequence of N-terminal one-fourth region of the predicted protein bears significant similarity to that of Schizosaccharomyces pombe Cdc5 and Myb-related proteins. Overexpression of the AtCDC5 cDNA in S. pombe cells is able to complement the growth defective phenotype of a cdc5 temperature-sensitive mutant. These results indicate that the AtCDC5 gene is a plant counterpart of S. pombe cdc5+. This is the first report of a cdc5(+)-like gene in a multicellular organism. We also demonstrated that a recombinant AtCDC5 protein possesses a sequence specific DNA binding activity (CTCAGCG) and the AtCDC5 gene is expressed extensively in shoot and root meristems. In addition, we cloned a PCR fragment corresponding to the DNA binding domain of human Cdc5-like protein. These results strongly suggest that Cdc5-like protein exists in all eukaryotes and may function in cell cycle regulation.

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