CDC7 protein kinase activity is required for mitosis and meiosis in Saccharomyces cerevisiae

Mol Gen Genet. 1991 Jul;227(3):452-7. doi: 10.1007/BF00273937.


The product of the CDC7 gene of Saccharomyces cerevisiae has multiple cellular functions, being needed for the initiation of DNA synthesis during mitosis as well as for synaptonemal complex formation and commitment to recombination during meiosis. The CDC7 protein has protein kinase activity and contains the conserved residues characteristic of the protein kinase catalytic domain. To determine which of the cellular functions of CDC7 require this protein kinase activity, we have mutated some of the conserved residues within the CDC7 catalytic domain and have examined the ability of the mutant proteins to support mitosis and meiosis. The results indicate that the protein kinase activity of the CDC7 gene product is essential for its function in both mitosis and meiosis and that this activity is potentially regulated by phosphorylation of the CDC7 protein.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Alleles
  • Amino Acid Sequence
  • Base Sequence
  • Catalysis
  • Cell Cycle Proteins*
  • DNA, Fungal / biosynthesis
  • DNA, Fungal / genetics
  • Escherichia coli / genetics
  • Fungal Proteins / genetics*
  • Genes, Bacterial
  • Genes, Fungal
  • Meiosis*
  • Mitosis*
  • Molecular Sequence Data
  • Mutation
  • Protein Kinases / genetics*
  • Protein-Serine-Threonine Kinases*
  • Saccharomyces cerevisiae / enzymology
  • Saccharomyces cerevisiae / genetics*
  • Saccharomyces cerevisiae Proteins*


  • Cell Cycle Proteins
  • DNA, Fungal
  • Fungal Proteins
  • Saccharomyces cerevisiae Proteins
  • Protein Kinases
  • CDC7 protein, S cerevisiae
  • Protein-Serine-Threonine Kinases