Identification of a mouse B-type cyclin which exhibits developmentally regulated expression in the germ line

Mol Reprod Dev. 1992 Nov;33(3):259-69. doi: 10.1002/mrd.1080330305.


To begin to examine the function of cyclins in mammalian germ cells, we have screened an adult mouse testis cDNA library for the presence of B-type cyclins. We have isolated cDNAs that encode a murine B-type cyclin, which has been designated cycB1. cycB1 was shown to be expressed in several adult tissues and in the midgestation mouse embryo. In the adult tissues, the highest levels of cycB1 transcripts were seen in the testis and ovary, which contain germ cells at various stages of differentiation. The major transcripts corresponding to cycB1 are 1.7 and 2.5 kb, with the 1.7 kb species being the predominant testicular transcript and the 2.5 kb species more abundant in the ovary. Examination of cDNAs corresponding to the 2.5 kb and 1.7 kb mRNAs revealed that these transcripts encode identical proteins, differing only in the polyadenylation signal used and therefore in the length of their 3' untranslated regions. Northern blot and in situ hybridization analyses revealed that the predominant sites of cycB1 expression in the testis and ovary were in the germinal compartment, particularly in early round spermatids in the testis and growing oocytes in the ovary. Thus cycB1 is expressed in both meiotic and postmeiotic cells. This pattern of cycB1 expression further suggests that cycB1 may have different functions in the two cell types, only one of which correlates with progression of the cell cycle.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Amino Acid Sequence
  • Animals
  • Base Sequence
  • Cloning, Molecular
  • Cyclins / genetics*
  • DNA / genetics
  • Female
  • Gene Expression Regulation
  • In Situ Hybridization
  • Male
  • Mice
  • Molecular Sequence Data
  • Oocytes / metabolism*
  • Oogenesis / genetics
  • RNA / genetics
  • RNA / metabolism
  • Spermatogenesis / genetics
  • Spermatozoa / metabolism*
  • Testis / embryology
  • Testis / metabolism
  • Transcription, Genetic


  • Cyclins
  • RNA
  • DNA

Associated data

  • GENBANK/X64713