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The S.pombe mei2 gene encoding a crucial molecule for commitment to meiosis is under the regulation of cAMP.

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The complete nucleotide sequence of the mei2 gene of Schizosaccharomyces pombe, which is essential for initiation of meiosis, is presented and four transcriptional start sites assigned. Transcription of mei2 and other genes involved in life cycle control of S. pombe, which is inducible by nitrogen starvation, is inhibited by addition of cAMP, suggesting that cAMP can mediate the signal of nitrogen supply in S.pombe. mei2 is the furthest downstream among target genes regulated by cAMP and genetic or physiological factors so far shown to block uncontrolled meiosis in S.pombe, which is provoked by inactivation of the part1 gene product, are either mutations at the mei2 locus or inhibitors of its expression. Cooperation of two regulatory pathways, one leading to the inactivation of pat1 activity and the other to the supply of the mei2 product, appears to commit cells to meiosis in S.pombe.

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