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Reorientation of mispositioned spindles in short astral microtubule mutant spc72Delta is dependent on spindle pole body outer plaque and Kar3 motor protein.

Nuclear migration and positioning in Saccharomyces cerevisiae depend on long astral microtubules emanating from the spindle pole bodies (SPBs). Herein, we show by in vivo fluorescence microscopy that cells lacking Spc72, the SPB receptor of the cytoplasmic gamma-tubulin complex, can only generate very short (<1 microm) and unstable astral microtubules. Consequently, nuclear migration to the bud neck and orientation of the anaphase spindle along the mother-bud axis are absent in these cells. However, SPC72 deletion is not lethal because elongated but misaligned spindles can frequently reorient in mother cells, permitting delayed but otherwise correct nuclear segregation. High-resolution time-lapse sequences revealed that this spindle reorientation was most likely accomplished by cortex interactions of the very short astral microtubules. In addition, a set of double mutants suggested that reorientation was dependent on the SPB outer plaque and the astral microtubule motor function of Kar3 but not Kip2/Kip3/Dhc1, or the cortex components Kar9/Num1. Our observations suggest that Spc72 is required for astral microtubule formation at the SPB half-bridge and for stabilization of astral microtubules at the SPB outer plaque. In addition, our data exclude involvement of Spc72 in spindle formation and elongation functions.

Pubmed ID: 11950945

Authors

  • Hoepfner D
  • Schaerer F
  • Brachat A
  • Wach A
  • Philippsen P

Journal

Molecular biology of the cell

Publication Data

April 12, 2002

Associated Grants

None

Mesh Terms

  • Active Transport, Cell Nucleus
  • Alleles
  • Anaphase
  • Cell Movement
  • Cell Nucleus
  • Cytoskeletal Proteins
  • DNA
  • Fungal Proteins
  • Gene Deletion
  • Green Fluorescent Proteins
  • Kinetics
  • Luminescent Proteins
  • Microscopy, Fluorescence
  • Microtubule-Associated Proteins
  • Microtubules
  • Mutation
  • Oligonucleotide Array Sequence Analysis
  • Phenotype
  • Saccharomyces cerevisiae
  • Saccharomyces cerevisiae Proteins
  • Time Factors