Cloning of Drosophila MCM homologs and analysis of their requirement during embryogenesis

Gene. 1997 Jun 19;192(2):283-9. doi: 10.1016/s0378-1119(97)00107-8.


MCM (minichromosome maintenance) gene family of Saccharomyces cerevisiae encodes essential DNA replication factors that participate in the initiation of DNA replication. In addition, their localization to the nucleus in a mitosis-dependent manner fueled the hypothesis that MCMs also act to couple DNA replication to mitosis. We report the identification of a Drosophila gene family with extensive sequence identity to the MCM genes. Results from antibody injection experiments suggest that MCMs play an essential role in DNA replication during embryogenesis. Evolutionary conservation of MCM sequences and function in Drosophila could potentially facilitate studies of how initiation of DNA replication is regulated and coupled to mitosis during metazoan development.

Publication types

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

MeSH terms

  • Amino Acid Sequence
  • Animals
  • Cell Cycle Proteins / genetics*
  • Cloning, Molecular
  • DNA Replication*
  • Drosophila Proteins*
  • Drosophila melanogaster / genetics*
  • Genes, Insect*
  • Immunologic Techniques
  • Molecular Sequence Data
  • Sequence Alignment
  • Sequence Homology, Amino Acid


  • Cell Cycle Proteins
  • Drosophila Proteins
  • Mcm5 protein, Drosophila

Associated data

  • GENBANK/U83491
  • GENBANK/U83492
  • GENBANK/U83493