A Role for Casein Kinase 2 in the Mechanism Underlying Circadian Temperature Compensation

Department of Genetics, Dartmouth Medical School, Hanover, NH 03755, USA.
Cell (Impact Factor: 32.24). 06/2009; 137(4):749-60. DOI: 10.1016/j.cell.2009.03.019
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ABSTRACT Temperature compensation of circadian clocks is an unsolved problem with relevance to the general phenomenon of biological compensation. We identify casein kinase 2 (CK2) as a key regulator of temperature compensation of the Neurospora clock by determining that two long-standing clock mutants, chrono and period-3, displaying distinctive alterations in compensation encode the beta1 and alpha subunits of CK2, respectively. Reducing the dose of these subunits, particularly beta1, significantly alters temperature compensation without altering the enzyme's Q(10). By contrast, other kinases and phosphatases implicated in clock function do not play appreciable roles in temperature compensation. CK2 exerts its effects on the clock by directly phosphorylating FREQUENCY (FRQ), and this phosphorylation is compromised in CK2 hypomorphs. Finally, mutation of certain putative CK2 phosphosites on FRQ, shown to be phosphorylated in vivo, predictably alters temperature compensation profiles effectively phenocopying CK2 mutants.

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    • "In A. thaliana, CK2 phosphorylates Circadian Clock-Associated 1(CCA1) and Late Elongated Hypocotyl (LHY) and over-expression of the CK2 regulatory subunit CKB3 shortens the period of these clock genes, accelerating plant flowering time [115, 116]. CK2 is involved in temperature compensation of the clock in fungi and plants, which allows for robust timekeeping [117, 118]. Within O. tauri we have identified CK2 motifs in CCA1 which are conserved (Figure 9, Additional file 4: Figure S3E) with the observed A. thaliana sites [115, 116], which indicate that this interaction may be retained. "
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    ABSTRACT: Background The current knowledge of eukaryote signalling originates from phenotypically diverse organisms. There is a pressing need to identify conserved signalling components among eukaryotes, which will lead to the transfer of knowledge across kingdoms. Two useful properties of a eukaryote model for signalling are (1) reduced signalling complexity, and (2) conservation of signalling components. The alga Ostreococcus tauri is described as the smallest free-living eukaryote. With less than 8,000 genes, it represents a highly constrained genomic palette. Results Our survey revealed 133 protein kinases and 34 protein phosphatases (1.7% and 0.4% of the proteome). We conducted phosphoproteomic experiments and constructed domain structures and phylogenies for the catalytic protein-kinases. For each of the major kinases families we review the completeness and divergence of O. tauri representatives in comparison to the well-studied kinomes of the laboratory models Arabidopsis thaliana and Saccharomyces cerevisiae, and of Homo sapiens. Many kinase clades in O. tauri were reduced to a single member, in preference to the loss of family diversity, whereas TKL and ABC1 clades were expanded. We also identified kinases that have been lost in A. thaliana but retained in O. tauri. For three, contrasting eukaryotic pathways – TOR, MAPK, and the circadian clock – we established the subset of conserved components and demonstrate conserved sites of substrate phosphorylation and kinase motifs. Conclusions We conclude that O. tauri satisfies our two central requirements. Several of its kinases are more closely related to H. sapiens orthologs than S. cerevisiae is to H. sapiens. The greatly reduced kinome of O. tauri is therefore a suitable model for signalling in free-living eukaryotes. Electronic supplementary material The online version of this article (doi:10.1186/1471-2164-15-640) contains supplementary material, which is available to authorized users.
    BMC Genomics 08/2014; 15(1):640. DOI:10.1186/1471-2164-15-640 · 3.99 Impact Factor
    • "e l s e v i e r . c o m / l o c a t e / y f g b i the regulation of circadian clock (Mehra et al., 2009). CK2 catalytic subunit was also shown to play a critical role in maintaining normal growth and conidiation in Neurospora crassa (Yang et al., 2003, 2002), but the underlying mechanisms are not clear so far. "
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    ABSTRACT: Casein kinase CK2 is a ubiquitous and conserved phosphate transferase that is critical for the growth and development of eukaryotic cells. In Penicillium oxalicum, one catalytic subunit (CK2A) and two regulatory subunits (CK2B1 and CK2B2) of CK2 were annotated. In this study, CK2 regulatory subunit-defective mutants Δck2B1 and Δck2B2 were constructed to investigate the biological function of CK2 in P. oxalicum. The Δck2B1 strain exhibited minimal changes in morphogenesis and conidiation, whereas the Δck2B2 strain showed delayed conidial germination and drastically reduced conidiation compared with the parent strain. The defect in conidiation in Δck2B2 could be attributed to the reduced expression of transcription factor BrlA. Both Δck2B1 and Δck2B2 showed delayed autolysis in carbon-starvation medium compared with the parent strain. Cellulase and amylase production were decreased considerably in both mutants. The transcript abundances of the main extracellular glycoside hydrolase genes cel7A-2, bgl1, and amy15A, as well as those of three related transcriptional activators (i.e., ClrB, XlnR, and AmyR), were reduced or delayed in the mutants. Epistasis analysis suggested that CK2B1 and CK2B2 might function upstream of transcription factor CreA by inhibiting its repressing activity. In summary, CK2 plays important roles in development and extracellular enzyme production in P. oxalicum, with both unique and overlapping functions performed by the two regulatory subunits.
    Fungal Genetics and Biology 05/2014; 66. DOI:10.1016/j.fgb.2014.02.007 · 2.59 Impact Factor
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    • "In addition to CKIδ/ε, Casein Kinase 2 (CK2) has recently also been implicated in circadian clock regulation using genome-wide RNAi screening studies [8], [20]. In species other than mammals, CK2 has been revealed to play an essential role for circadian rhythm maintenance [21], [22]. However, detailed genetic analysis of CK2 has been hampered in mammals by embryonic lethality in CK2 knockout mice. "
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    ABSTRACT: We previously reported emergence and disappearance of circadian molecular oscillations during differentiation of mouse embryonic stem (ES) cells and reprogramming of differentiated cells, respectively. Here we present a robust and stringent in vitro circadian clock formation assay that recapitulates in vivo circadian phenotypes. This assay system first confirmed that a mutant ES cell line lacking Casein Kinase I delta (CKIδ) induced ∼3 hours longer period-length of circadian rhythm than the wild type, which was compatible with recently reported results using CKIδ null mice. In addition, this assay system also revealed that a Casein Kinase 2 alpha subunit (CK2α) homozygous mutant ES cell line developed significantly longer (about 2.5 hours) periods of circadian clock oscillations after in vitro or in vivo differentiation. Moreover, revertant ES cell lines in which mutagenic vector sequences were deleted showed nearly wild type periods after differentiation, indicating that the abnormal circadian period of the mutant ES cell line originated from the mutation in the CK2α gene. Since CK2α deficient mice are embryonic lethal, this in vitro assay system represents the genetic evidence showing an essential role of CK2α in the mammalian circadian clock. This assay was successfully applied for the phenotype analysis of homozygous mutant ES cells, demonstrating that an ES cell-based in vitro assay is available for circadian genetic screening.
    PLoS ONE 06/2013; 8(6):e67241. DOI:10.1371/journal.pone.0067241 · 3.23 Impact Factor
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