In vitro cell cycle arrest induced by using artificial DNA templates.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

In cell extracts of Xenopus eggs which oscillate between S and M phases of the cell cycle, the onset of mitosis is blocked by the presence of incompletely replicated DNA. In this report, we show that several artificial DNA templates (M13 single-stranded DNA and double-stranded plasmid DNA) can trigger this feedback pathway, which inhibits mitosis. Single-stranded M13 DNA is much more effective than double-stranded plasmid DNA at inhibiting the onset of mitosis. Furthermore, we have shown that low levels of M13 single-stranded DNA and high levels of double-stranded plasmid DNA can elevate the tyrosine kinase activity responsible for phosphorylating p34cdc2, thereby inactivating maturation-promoting factor and inhibiting entry into mitosis. This constitutes a simplified system with which to study the signal transduction pathway from the DNA template to the tyrosine kinase responsible for inhibiting p34cdc2 activity.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Kornbluth, S; Smythe, C; Newport, JW

Published Date

  • July 1992

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 12 / 7

Start / End Page

  • 3216 - 3223

PubMed ID

  • 1320197

Pubmed Central ID

  • PMC364536

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1098-5549

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0270-7306

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1128/mcb.12.7.3216-3223.1992


  • eng