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Polo-like kinase Cdc5 regulates Spc72 recruitment to spindle pole body in the methylotrophic yeast Ogataea polymorpha

  1. Hiromi Maekawa Is a corresponding author
  2. Annett Neuner
  3. Diana Rüthnick
  4. Elmar Schiebel
  5. Gislene Pereira
  6. Yoshinobu Kaneko
  1. Osaka University, Japan
  2. Universität Heidelberg, Germany
  3. University of Heidelberg, Germany
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Cite as: eLife 2017;6:e24340 doi: 10.7554/eLife.24340

Abstract

Cytoplasmic microtubules (cMT) control mitotic spindle positioning in many organisms, and are therefore pivotal for successful cell division. Despite its importance, the temporal control of cMT formation remains poorly understood. Here we show that unlike the best-studied yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae, position of pre-anaphase nucleus is not strongly biased toward bud neck in Ogataea polymorpha and the regulation of spindle positioning becomes active only shortly before anaphase. This is likely due to the unstable property of cMTs compared to those in S. cerevisiae. Furthermore, we show that cMT nucleation/anchoring is restricted at the level of recruitment of the γ-tubulin complex receptor, Spc72, to spindle pole body (SPB), which is regulated by the polo-like kinase Cdc5. Additionally, electron microscopy revealed that the cytoplasmic side of SPB is structurally different between G1 and anaphase. Thus, polo-like kinase dependent recruitment of γ-tubulin receptor to SPBs determines the timing of spindle orientation in O. polymorpha.

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  1. Hiromi Maekawa

    Graduate School of Engineering, Osaka University, Suita, Japan
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    ORCID icon 0000-0002-0175-1610
  2. Annett Neuner

    Zentrum für Molekulare Biologie (ZMBH), Universität Heidelberg, Heidelberg, Germany
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  3. Diana Rüthnick

    Zentrum für Molekulare Biologie (ZMBH), Universität Heidelberg, Heidelberg, Germany
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  4. Elmar Schiebel

    Zentrum für Molekulare Biologie (ZMBH), Universität Heidelberg, Heidelberg, Germany
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  5. Gislene Pereira

    Centre for Organismal Studies (COS), University of Heidelberg, Heidelberg, Germany
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    ORCID icon 0000-0002-6519-4737
  6. Yoshinobu Kaneko

    Graduate School of Engineering, Osaka University, Suita, Japan
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Funding

Institute for Fermentation, Osaka (the Endowed Chair Program)

  • Yoshinobu Kaneko

Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JP24570214)

  • Hiromi Maekawa

Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (PE1883)

  • Gislene Pereira

Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (SFB873)

  • Gislene Pereira

Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (SFB1036)

  • Gislene Pereira

The funders had no role in study design, data collection and interpretation, or the decision to submit the work for publication.

Reviewing Editor

  1. Anna Akhmanova, Reviewing Editor, Utrecht University, Netherlands

Publication history

  1. Received: December 19, 2016
  2. Accepted: August 17, 2017
  3. Accepted Manuscript published: August 30, 2017 (version 1)

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© 2017, Maekawa et al.

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