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Title: The Yeast Polo Kinase Cdc5 Regulates the Shape of the Mitotic Nucleus

Abnormal nuclear size and shape are hallmarks of aging and cancer. However, the mechanisms regulating nuclear morphology and nuclear envelope (NE) expansion are poorly understood. In metazoans, the NE disassembles prior to chromosome segregation and reassembles at the end of mitosis. In budding yeast, the NE remains intact. The nucleus elongates as chromosomes segregate and then divides at the end of mitosis to form two daughter nuclei without NE disassembly. The budding yeast nucleus also undergoes remodeling during a mitotic arrest; the NE continues to expand despite the pause in chromosome segregation, forming a nuclear extension, or "flare," that encompasses the nucleolus. The distinct nucleolar localization of the mitotic flare indicates that the NE is compartmentalized and that there is a mechanism by which NE expansion is confined to the region adjacent to the nucleolus. Here we show that mitotic flare formation is dependent on the yeast polo kinase Cdc5. This function of Cdc5 is independent of its known mitotic roles, including rDNA condensation. High-resolution imaging revealed that following Cdc5 inactivation, nuclei expand isometrically rather than forming a flare, indicating that Cdc5 is needed for NE compartmentalization. Lastly, even in an uninterrupted cell cycle, a small NE expansion occurs adjacentmore » to the nucleolus prior to anaphase in a Cdc5-dependent manner. Our data provide the first evidence that polo kinase, a key regulator of mitosis, plays a role in regulating nuclear morphology and NE expansion.« less
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  1. National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, NIH, Bethesda, MD (United States). Lab. of Molecular and Cellular Biology
  2. Univ. of California, San Francisco, CA (United States); Lawrence Berkeley National Lab. (LBNL), Berkeley, CA (United States)
  3. Univ. of Montreal, Quebec (Canada)
Publication Date:
Grant/Contract Number:
AC02-05CH11231; MOP 82912; MOP 136788; P41GM103445
Published Article
Journal Name:
Current Biology
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 24; Journal Issue: 23; Journal ID: ISSN 0960-9822
Research Org:
Lawrence Berkeley National Lab. (LBNL), Berkeley, CA (United States)
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE Office of Science (SC), Biological and Environmental Research (BER) (SC-23)
Country of Publication:
United States
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Alternate Identifier(s):
OSTI ID: 1257828