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Exportin Crm1 is repurposed as a docking protein to generate microtubule organizing centers at the nuclear pore

  1. Xun X Bao
  2. Christos Spanos
  3. Tomoko Kojidani
  4. Eric M Lynch
  5. Juri Rappsilber
  6. Yasushi Hiraoka
  7. Tokuko Haraguchi
  8. Kenneth E Sawin  Is a corresponding author
  1. University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom
  2. National Institute of Information and Communications Technology, Japan
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Cite this article as: eLife 2018;7:e33465 doi: 10.7554/eLife.33465

Abstract

Non-centrosomal microtubule organizing centers (MTOCs) are important for microtubule organization in many cell types. In fission yeast Schizosaccharomyces pombe, the protein Mto1, together with partner protein Mto2 (Mto1/2 complex), recruits the g-tubulin complex to multiple non-centrosomal MTOCs, including the nuclear envelope (NE). Here, we develop a comparative-interactome mass spectrometry approach to determine how Mto1 localizes to the NE. Surprisingly, we find that Mto1, a constitutively cytoplasmic protein, docks at nuclear pore complexes (NPCs), via interaction with exportin Crm1 and cytoplasmic FG-nucleoporin Nup146. Although Mto1 is not a nuclear export cargo, it binds Crm1 via a nuclear export signal-like sequence, and docking requires both Ran in the GTP-bound state and Nup146 FG repeats. In addition to determining the mechanism of MTOC formation at the NE, our results reveal a novel role for Crm1 and the nuclear export machinery in the stable docking of a cytoplasmic protein complex at NPCs.

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  1. Xun X Bao

    Wellcome Centre for Cell Biology, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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    ORCID icon "This ORCID iD identifies the author of this article:" 0000-0003-4733-3550
  2. Christos Spanos

    Wellcome Trust Centre for Cell Biology, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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    ORCID icon "This ORCID iD identifies the author of this article:" 0000-0002-4376-8242
  3. Tomoko Kojidani

    Advanced ICT Research Institute, National Institute of Information and Communications Technology, Kobe, Japan
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  4. Eric M Lynch

    Wellcome Centre for Cell Biology, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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    ORCID icon "This ORCID iD identifies the author of this article:" 0000-0001-5897-5167
  5. Juri Rappsilber

    Wellcome Centre for Cell Biology, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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    ORCID icon "This ORCID iD identifies the author of this article:" 0000-0001-5999-1310
  6. Yasushi Hiraoka

    Advanced ICT Research Institute, National Institute of Information and Communications Technology, Kobe, Japan
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    ORCID icon "This ORCID iD identifies the author of this article:" 0000-0001-9407-8228
  7. Tokuko Haraguchi

    Advanced ICT Research Institute, National Institute of Information and Communications Technology, Kobe, Japan
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    ORCID icon "This ORCID iD identifies the author of this article:" 0000-0002-3813-6785
  8. Kenneth E Sawin

    Wellcome Centre for Cell Biology, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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    ken.sawin@ed.ac.uk
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    ORCID icon "This ORCID iD identifies the author of this article:" 0000-0002-2607-2219

Funding

Wellcome (94517)

  • Xun X Bao
  • Eric M Lynch
  • Kenneth E Sawin

Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JP25116006)

  • Tomoko Kojidani
  • Tokuko Haraguchi

The Darwin Trust of Edinburgh

  • Xun X Bao

Wellcome (108504)

  • Christos Spanos
  • Juri Rappsilber

Wellcome (91020)

  • Christos Spanos
  • Juri Rappsilber

Wellcome (203149)

  • Xun X Bao
  • Christos Spanos
  • Eric M Lynch
  • Juri Rappsilber
  • Kenneth E Sawin

Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JP17H03636)

  • Tomoko Kojidani
  • Tokuko Haraguchi

Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JP17H01444)

  • Yasushi Hiraoka

Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JP16H01309)

  • Yasushi Hiraoka

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

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  1. Karsten Weis, ETH Zurich, Switzerland

Publication history

  1. Received: November 9, 2017
  2. Accepted: May 21, 2018
  3. Accepted Manuscript published: May 29, 2018 (version 1)
  4. Version of Record published: June 19, 2018 (version 2)

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© 2018, Bao et al.

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