Parallel activation of the NIMA and p34cdc2 cell cycle-regulated protein kinases is required to initiate mitosis in A. nidulans

Cell. 1991 Oct 18;67(2):283-91. doi: 10.1016/0092-8674(91)90180-7.


We show that in Aspergillus nidulans, p34cdc2 tyrosine dephosphorylation accompanies activation of p34cdc2 as an H1 kinase at mitosis. However, the nimA5 mutation arrests cells in G2 with p34cdc2 tyrosine dephosphorylated and fully active as an H1 kinase. Activation of NIMA is therefore not required for p34cdc2 activation. Furthermore, mutation of nimT, which encodes a protein with 50% similarity to fission yeast cdc25, causes a G2 arrest and prevents tyrosine dephosphorylation of p34cdc2 but does not prevent full activation of the NIMA protein kinase. Mitotic activation of p34cdc2 by tyrosine dephosphorylation is therefore not required for activation of NIMA. These data suggest that activation of either the p34cdc2 protein kinase or the NIMA protein kinase alone is not sufficient to initiate mitosis. Parallel activation of both cell cycle-regulated protein kinases is required to trigger mitosis.

Publication types

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

MeSH terms

  • Aspergillus nidulans / cytology
  • Aspergillus nidulans / drug effects
  • Aspergillus nidulans / enzymology*
  • Aspergillus nidulans / genetics
  • Benomyl / pharmacology
  • Blotting, Western
  • CDC2 Protein Kinase / genetics
  • CDC2 Protein Kinase / metabolism*
  • Enzyme Activation
  • Kinetics
  • Mitosis / genetics
  • Mitosis / physiology*
  • Mutation / genetics
  • Phosphorylation
  • Protein Kinases / genetics
  • Protein Kinases / metabolism*
  • Temperature
  • Tyrosine / metabolism


  • Tyrosine
  • Protein Kinases
  • CDC2 Protein Kinase
  • Benomyl