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J Biol Chem. 1991 Aug 15;266(23):14889-92.

Platelet-activating factor- and thrombin-induced stimulation of p34cdc2-cyclin histone H1 kinase activity in platelets.

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Biomedical Research Centre, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada.


Numerous studies of cell cycle control in dividing cells have pointed to the central role of a 34-kDa histone H1 kinase (p34cdc2) complexed with regulatory subunits known as cyclins. We now report that p34cdc2-cyclin may also participate in signal transduction in nonproliferating, terminally differentiated cells, in this instance during sheep platelet activation. Immunological evidence for the presence of a p34cdc2 cognant in sheep platelet cytosol was obtained with antipeptide antibodies raised against peptide sequences in the conserved PSTAIRE and C-terminus regions of murine cdc2. The immunoreactive 32-kDa protein was adsorbed onto p13suc1-Sepharose, which selectively binds p34cdc2. A 58-kDa protein that also bound to p13suc1-Sepharose was identified as cyclin A on the basis of its size and immunoreactivity with two different anticyclin peptide antibodies. The p34cdc2-cyclin A complex was regulated during platelet activation. Its histone H1 phosphorylating activity was stimulated 2-fold in p13suc1-Sepharose extracts from platelets that had been exposed to platelet-activating factor or thrombin for 1 min prior to harvesting. Our findings imply that the p34cdc2-cyclin complex may serve alternative functions besides control of cell division.

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