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Mol Cell Biol. 1995 Feb;15(2):883-91.

Cell cycle-dependent phosphorylation and dephosphorylation of the yeast DNA polymerase alpha-primase B subunit.

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Dipartimento di Genetica e di Biologia dei Microrganismi, Università degli Studi di Milano, Italy.


The yeast DNA polymerase alpha-primase B subunit functions in initiation of DNA replication. This protein is present in two forms, of 86 and 91 kDa, and the p91 polypeptide results from cell cycle-regulated phosphorylation of p86. The B subunit present in G1 arises by dephosphorylation of p91 while cells are exiting from mitosis, becomes phosphorylated in early S phase, and is competent and sufficient to initiate DNA replication. The B subunit transiently synthesized as a consequence of periodic transcription of the POL12 gene is phosphorylated no earlier than G2. Phosphorylation of the B subunit does not require execution of the CDC7-dependent step and ongoing DNA synthesis. We suggest that posttranslational modifications of the B subunit might modulate the role of DNA polymerase alpha-primase in DNA replication.

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