DNA replication times the cell cycle and contributes to the mid-blastula transition in Drosophila embryos

submitted by: JCB
We examined the contribution of S phase in timing cell cycle progression during Drosophila embryogenesis using an approach that deletes S phase rather than arresting its progress. Injection of Drosophila Geminin, an inhibitor of replication licensing, prevented subsequent replication so that the following mitosis occurred with uninemic chromosomes, which failed to align. The effect of S phase deletion on interphase length changed with development. During the maternally regulated syncytial...
Authors: Ml Mccleland, Aw Shermoen, Ph O'farrell