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Dev Biol. 1992 May;151(1):105-10.

Activation of p34cdc2 kinase by cyclin is negatively regulated by cyclic amp-dependent protein kinase in Xenopus oocytes.

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Laboratoire de Physiologie de la Reproduction, UA-CNRS, INRA 1449, Université P. et M. Curie, Paris, France.


Microinjection of a bacterially expressed stable delta 90 sea urchin cyclin B into Xenopus prophase oocytes, in absence or presence of cycloheximide, provokes the activation of histone H1 kinase and the tyrosine dephosphorylation of p34cdc2. Unexpectedly, when prophase oocytes are submitted to a treatment known to elevate the intracellular cAMP level (3-isobutyl-1-methylxanthine and cholera toxin), delta 90 cyclin has no effect and the oocytes remain blocked in prophase. This inhibition is reverted by the microinjection of the inhibitor of cAMP-dependent protein kinase. When delta 90 cyclin is microinjected into oocytes depleted of endogenous cyclins (cycloheximide-treated metaphase I) and in the presence of a high intracellular concentration of cAMP, p34cdc2 kinase is tyrosine rephosphorylated. Altogether, our results indicate that in Xenopus oocyte, cAMP-dependent protein kinase (A-kinase) controls the formation of the cyclin B/p34cdc2 complex which remains inactive and tyrosine phosphorylated.

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