A mammalian somatic “cell cycle” mutant defective in G1

R. Michael Liskay

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Variants or “mutants” temperature‐sensitive (ts) for growth have been isolated by selection from a near‐diploid mouse cell line. Thus far. 10 ts mutants which grow normally at 33° C, but not at 39° C, have been isolated. These ts mutants were then studied to determine if any manifested their defect at a unique point or stage in the cell cycle. This type of ts mutant is termed a “cell cycle” mutant. The first screen involves observing individual cells of an asynchronous culture for residual division after a shift from 33° C (permissive temperature) to 39° (nonpermissive temperature). A cell cycle mutant should show some fraction of the cells dividing only once at a normal rate after the shift. The ts variant B54 met this first criterion for a cell cycle mutant (i.e., 50% residual division) and was further analyzed. The second screening technique monitors (1) the rate of entry into S, (2) the length of G2, and (3) the rate and duration of cells entering mitosis after a shift of an asynchronous culture to 39°. This experiment with B54 revealed that cells in G1 at the time of the shift to 39° failed to enter S while cells already into S completed the cycle at 39°. These results suggest that B54 is defective in a G1 function which is required for entry into S, but which is no longer needed once cells have entered S. Other results are presented which also support this hypothesis. In addition the ts function of B54 is apparently required for recovery from a “high density” G1 arrest.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)49-55
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Cellular Physiology
Issue number1
StatePublished - Aug 1974

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physiology
  • Clinical Biochemistry
  • Cell Biology


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