Female meiosis and the rapid mitotic cycle of early embryos are two non-canonical cell cycles that occur sequentially in the same cell, the egg, and utilize the same pool of cell cycle proteins. Using a genetic approach to identify genes that are specifically required for these cell cycles in Drosophila, we found that a Drosophila Cks gene, Cks30A is required for spindle assembly and anaphase progression in both female meiosis and in the syncytial embryo. Cks30A interacts with Cdk1 to target cyclin A for destruction in the female germline, possibly through the activation of a novel germline specific CDC20 protein, Cortex. These results indicate that anaphase progression in female meiosis and the early embryo are under unique control in Drosophila.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Molecular Biology
- Developmental Biology
- Cell Biology
- Anaphase promoting complex