Jean-Pierre Tassan

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It is proposed that the CDK7-cyclin H complex functions in cell cycle progression, basal transcription and DNA repair. Here we report that in vitro reconstitution of an active CDK7-cyclin H complex requires stoichiometric amounts of a novel 36 kDa assembly factor termed MAT1 (ménage à trois 1). Sequencing of MAT1 reveals a putative zinc binding motif (a(More)
The activity of cyclin-dependent kinases (cdks) depends on the phosphorylation of a residue corresponding to threonine 161 in human p34cdc2. One enzyme responsible for phosphorylating this critical residue has recently been purified from Xenopus and starfish. It was termed CAK (for cdk-activating kinase), and it was shown to contain p40MO15 as its catalytic(More)
A protein kinase activity that phosphorylates the C-terminal domain (CTD) of RNA polymerase II and is associated with the basal transcription-repair factor TFIIH (also called BTF2) resides with MO15, a cyclin-dependent protein kinase that was first found to be involved in cell cycle regulation. Using in vivo and in vitro repair assays, we show that MO15 is(More)
One characteristic of oocyte maturation and embryogenesis in Xenopus laevis is the activation of translationally repressed (masked) maternal mRNAs by cytoplasmic poly(A) elongation. At maturation, poly(A) elongation is controlled by two cis-acting elements in the 3'-untranslated regions (UTRs) of responsive mRNAs, the hexanucleotide AAUAAA and the(More)
The kinase responsible for Thr161-Thr160 phosphorylation and activation of cdc2/cdk2 (CAK:cdk-activating kinase) has been shown previously to comprise at least two subunits, cdk7 and cyclin H. An additional protein co-purified with CAK in starfish oocytes, but its sequencing did not reveal any similarity with any known protein. In the present work, a cDNA(More)
MAT1, cyclin H and cdk7 are part of TFIIH, a class II transcription factor which possesses numerous subunits of which several have been shown to be involved in processes other than transcription. Two of them, XPD (ERCC2) and XPB (ERCC3), are helicases involved in nucleotide excision repair (NER), whereas cdk7, cyclin H and MAT1 are thought to participate in(More)
The eukaryotic cell cycle is regulated by the sequential activation of cyclin-dependent kinases (CDKs). CDK activation is dependent on cyclin binding and phosphorylation of a conserved threonine (T161 in Cdc2) mediated by the CDK-activating kinase CAK. A CDK-related kinase, MO15 (ref. 10), has been identified as the catalytic subunit of CAK (refs 11-13).(More)
A number of cyclins have been described, most of which act together with their catalytic partners, the cyclin-dependent kinases (Cdks), to regulate events in the eukaryotic cell cycle. Cyclin C was originally identified by a genetic screen for human and Drosophila cDNAs that complement a triple knock-out of the CLN genes in Saccharomyces cerevisiae. Unlike(More)
The pEg3 protein is a member of the evolutionarily conserved KIN1/PAR-1/MARK kinase family which is involved in cell polarity and microtubule dynamics. In Xenopus, pEg3 has been shown to be a cell cycle dependent kinase whose activity increases to a maximum level during mitosis of the first embryonic cell division. CDC25B is one of the three CDC25(More)
The protein kinase MO15/CDK7 has recently been shown to be associated with the general transcription factor TFIIH and to be capable of phosphorylating the RNA polymerase II carboxy-terminal domain. Here, we show that a monoclonal MO15/CDK7 antibody coimmunoprecipitates, from a rat liver nuclear extract, all components of the RNA polymerase II transcription(More)