Underexpression of a novel gene, dia2, impairs the transition of Dictyostelium cells from growth to differentiation.


In Dictyostelium discoideum Ax-2 cells, a specific point (PS-point) in the cell cycle from which they initiate differentiation in response to starvation has been specified. Using synchronized Ax-2 cells and the differential display method, a novel gene (differentiation-associated gene 2; dia2) was isolated as one of the genes expressed specifically during… (More)