There may be a causal relationship between expression of the G2-specific gene nimA and mitotic regulation in Aspergillus. To test this relationship we have introduced extra inducible copies of nimA into Aspergillus and determined the effect of nimA overproduction on mitotic regulation. The results show that nimA overexpression causes mitotic induction in less than a cell cycle and maintains chromatin in a condensed state. These effects occur even if cells are first blocked in S phase. Sequence analysis shows that the nimA gene encodes a potential protein kinase. These data indicate that there is indeed a causal relationship between expression of nimA and the regulation of mitosis and further implicate protein phosphorylation in mitotic control.