The Arabidopsis Cks1At protein binds the cyclin-dependent kinases Cdc2aAt and Cdc2bAt

FEBS Lett. 1997 Aug 4;412(3):446-52. doi: 10.1016/s0014-5793(97)00822-3.


In Arabidopsis, two cyclin-dependent kinases (CDK), Cdc2aAt and Cdc2bAt, have been described. Here, we have used the yeast two-hybrid system to identify Arabidopsis proteins interacting with Cdc2aAt. Three different clones were isolated, one of which encodes a Suc1/Cks1 homologue. The functionality of the Arabidopsis Suc1/Cks1 homologue, designed Cks1At, was demonstrated by its ability to rescue the temperature-sensitive cdc2-L7 strain of fission yeast at low and intermediate expression levels. In contrast, high cks1At expression levels inhibited cell division in both mutant and wild-type yeast strains. Cks1At binds both Cdc2aAt and Cdc2bAt in vivo and in vitro. Furthermore, we demonstrate that the fission yeast Suc1 binds Cdc2aAt but only weakly Cdc2bAt, whereas the human CksHs1 associated exclusively with Cdc2aAt.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adaptor Proteins, Signal Transducing
  • Amino Acid Sequence
  • Animals
  • Arabidopsis / enzymology*
  • Arabidopsis / genetics
  • Arabidopsis / metabolism*
  • CDC2 Protein Kinase / genetics
  • CDC2 Protein Kinase / metabolism*
  • Cell Cycle Proteins*
  • Cloning, Molecular
  • Fungal Proteins / genetics
  • Fungal Proteins / metabolism
  • Genes, Plant
  • Humans
  • Molecular Sequence Data
  • Plant Proteins / genetics
  • Plant Proteins / metabolism*
  • Protein Binding / genetics
  • Saccharomyces cerevisiae Proteins*
  • Schizosaccharomyces / genetics
  • Temperature


  • Adaptor Proteins, Signal Transducing
  • CKS1 protein, S cerevisiae
  • Cell Cycle Proteins
  • Fungal Proteins
  • Plant Proteins
  • Saccharomyces cerevisiae Proteins
  • CDC2 Protein Kinase

Associated data

  • GENBANK/AJ000016