To analyze the role of protein kinase CK2 (CK2) during early embryogenesis in non-diapause and diapause of the silkworm, the distribution and localization of Bombyx mori CK2 (BmCK2) were investigated by an immunohistochemical technique using antibodies against the α- and β-subunits of BmCK2. Both were localized in blastoderm cells of non-diapause and diapause eggs until 24 h after oviposition. More than 24 h after oviposition, however, the distribution of BmCK2 was different in non-diapause and diapause eggs. In non-diapause eggs, BmCK2 was mainly localized in yolk cells. In contrast, in diapause eggs, the localization was mainly observed in germ-band cells. Furthermore, we confirmed that the RNA helicase-like protein that was localized together with BmCK2 in non-diapause eggs was phosphorylated by BmCK2 in vitro. These data suggest that the role of BmCK2 is different in non-diapause and diapause eggs.
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