A two-component histidine kinase gene that functions in Dictyostelium development

EMBO J. 1996 Aug 1;15(15):3890-8.


A mutant which failed to complete development was isolated from a population of cells that had been subjected to insertional mutagenesis using restriction enzyme-mediated integration. The disrupted gene, dhkA, encodes the conserved motifs of a histidine kinase as well as the response regulator domain. It is likely that the histidine in DhkA is autophosphorylated and the phosphate passed to one or more response regulators. Such two-component systems function in a variety of bacterial signal transduction pathways and have been characterized recently in yeast and Arabidopsis. In Dictyostelium, we found that DhkA functions both in the regulation of prestalk gene expression and in the control of the terminal differentiation of prespore cells.

Publication types

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

MeSH terms

  • 8-Bromo Cyclic Adenosine Monophosphate / pharmacology
  • Amino Acid Sequence
  • Animals
  • Base Sequence
  • Dictyostelium / enzymology*
  • Dictyostelium / genetics
  • Dictyostelium / growth & development
  • Gene Expression Regulation, Fungal
  • Genes, Recessive
  • Histidine Kinase
  • In Situ Hybridization
  • Molecular Sequence Data
  • Mutation
  • Phenotype
  • Phosphorylation
  • Plasmids / metabolism
  • Protein Kinases / genetics*


  • 8-Bromo Cyclic Adenosine Monophosphate
  • Protein Kinases
  • Histidine Kinase
  • DhkA protein, Dictyostelium discoideum

Associated data

  • GENBANK/U42597