Entry into and precise progression through the cell cycle depends on the sequential expression and activation of cyclin dependent kinases (CDK). In accord, CDK dysregulation is a hallmark of many cancers. The function of Cdk2 is still an enigma as in vitro studies revealed that it is required for S phase-entry, whereas in vivo studies showed that Cdk2 is not an essential gene. Moreover, unlike other Cdks, or its cyclin E regulator, Cdk2-overexpressing tumors were reported only in one type of tumor. In this report we used budding yeast as a tool to explore Cdk2 function. We showed that hCdk2 promoted S-phase in cells carrying a temperature-sensitive mutation in yCDK1, albeit, only when expressed at low or moderate levels. Overexpression of hCdk2 resulted in a defect in the G1 to S transition and a reduction in viability. The same phenotypes were observed in cells overexpressing its yeast functional homolog, Ime2, which is a meiosis-specific CDK-like kinase. A genetic interaction with the DNA damage checkpoint was demonstrated by showing an increased toxicity of hCdk2 and Ime2 in RAD53-deleted cells, and delayed Rad53 activation in response to MMS treatment in cells overexpressing hCdk2 or Ime2.
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