The dbl oncogene was originally identified by transfection of NIH3T3 cells with DNA from a human diffuse B-cell lymphoma. The dbl oncogene product is a cytoplasmic phosphoprotein distributed between the cytosolic and cytoskeletal matrix-associated membrane fractions. Nucleotide sequence analysis has indicated that the predicted dbl product is very hydrophilic with no detectable similarity to known oncogene products. We have more recently discovered that a region of dbl essential for its transforming activity shows significant sequence similarity to a yeast cell cycle gene, CDC24, which is involved in cell polarity and bud formation in the division cycle of Saccharomyces cerevisiae. This sequence similarity suggests a possible role for dbl in cell division. We report here that the dbl oncogene product is able to induce maturation of Xenopus oocytes. Germinal vesicle breakdown (GVBD) was observed when oocytes were microinjected with the soluble fraction of SF9 insect cells infected with a dbl recombinant baculovirus as well as with the in vitro-transcribed dbl mRNA. Moreover, extracts of oocytes microinjected with dbl mRNA showed activation of H1 histone kinase activity. These findings define a new biologic activity of the dbl product and provide the opportunity to analyse dbl interactions with other components of signalling pathways involved in oocyte maturation.
|Number of pages||7|
|Publication status||Published - 1992|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Cancer Research
- Molecular Biology