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Mol Gen Genet. 1994 Dec 1;245(5):654-7.

A Drosophila gene encoding a DEAD box RNA helicase can suppress loss of wee1/mik1 function in Schizosaccharomyces pombe.

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Department of Anatomy and Physiology, University of Dundee, Scotland.


We describe a screen to isolate cDNAs encoding Drosophila mitosis inhibitors capable of suppressing the mitotic catastrophe phenotype resulting in Schizosaccharomyces pombe from the combination of the wee1-50 mutation with either a deletion allele of mik1, or with overexpression of cdc25+. One plasmid was isolated which could suppress the temperature sensitive lethality of both these strains. The cDNA in this plasmid encodes a protein highly homologous to the DEAD-box family of ATP-dependent RNA helicases, rather than to protein kinases as might be expected. It is possible that the RNA helicase described here may regulate entry into mitosis by down regulating the expression of other genes whose activity may be rate-limiting for entry into mitosis.

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