The genes CDC36, CDC37, and CDC39, thought to function in the cell division control process in Saccharomyces cerevisiae, were isolated from a recombinant plasmid library prepared by partial digestion of S. cerevisiae genomic DNA with Sau3A and insertion into the S. cerevisiae-Escherichia coli shuttle vector YRp7. In each case, S. cerevisiae DNA sequences were identified which could complement mutant alleles of the gene in question and which could direct integration of a plasmid at the chromosomal location known to correspond to that gene. Complementing DNA segments were subcloned to remove extraneous coding regions. The coding regions corresponding to CDC36, CDC37, and CDC39 were then identified and localized by R-loop analysis. The estimated sizes of the three coding regions were 615, 1,400, and 2,700 base pairs, respectively. Transcriptional orientation of the coding regions was established by using M13 vectors to prepare strand-specific probes followed by hybridization to blots of electrophoresed S. cerevisiae mRNA. The intracellular steady-state abundance of the mRNA species corresponding to the genes was estimated by comparing hybridization signals on RNA blots to that of a previously determined standard, the cell cycle start gene CDC28. The quantities calculated for the three mRNA species were low, ranging from 1.5 +/- 1 copies per haploid cell for the CDC36 mRNA to 3.1 +/- 1.5 and 4.6 +/- 2 copies per haploid cell for the CDC37 and CDC39 mRNAs, respectively. The CDC28 mRNA had been previously estimated at 7.0 +/- 2 copies per cell.