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Front Biosci. 1999 Dec 1;4:D834-40.

CDC7 kinase complex as a molecular switch for DNA replication.

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Department of Molecular and Developmental Biology, Institute of Medical Science, University of Tokyo, 4-6-1 Shirokanedai, Minato-ku, Tokyo 108-8639, Japan and CREST, Japan Science Technology. hisao@ims.u-tokyo.ac.jp

Abstract

Cdc7 kinase and its activator Dbf4 protein, originally identified in budding yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae, are widely conserved in eukaryotes including fission yeast and human. Dbf4-related activators bind and stimulate kinase activity of Cdc7-like catalytic subunit. Its kinase activity is cell cycle-regulated, mainly through availability of the activation subunit whose level increases at G1/S boundary and is maintained at a high level throughout S phase. MCM2 protein is among physiologically important substrates. Genetic studies in fission yeast indicate that Cdc7-related kinase complex also functions in meiosis, uninduced mutagenesis, DNA replication checkpoint signaling and maintenance of chromatin structures during S phase.

PMID:
10577390
DOI:
10.2741/masai
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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