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Dev Biol. 2000 May 1;221(1):101-11.

Role of cAMP-dependent protein kinase during growth and early development of Dictyostelium discoideum.

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Zoologisches Institut, LMU M√ľnchen, Luisenstrasse 14, Munich, 80333, Germany.


cAMP-dependent protein kinase (PKA) is an essential regulator of gene expression and cell differentiation during multicellular development of Dictyostelium discoideum. Here we show that PKA activity also regulates gene expression during the growth phase and at the transition from growth to development. Overexpression of PKA leads to overexpression of the discoidinIgamma promoter, while expression of the discoidinIgamma promoter is reduced when PKA activity is reduced, either by expression of a dominant negative mutant of the regulatory subunit or by disruption of the gene for the catalytic subunit (PKA-C). The discoidin phenotype of PKA-C null cells is cell autonomous. In particular, normal secretion of discoidin-inducing factors was demonstrated. In addition, PKA-C null cells are able to respond to media conditioned by PSF and CMF. We conclude that PKA is a major activator of discoidin expression. However, it is not required for production or transduction of the inducing extracellular signals. Therefore, PKA-dependent and PKA-independent pathways regulate the expression of the discoidin genes.

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