A Kinesin-5, Cin8, Recruits Protein Phosphatase 1 to Kinetochores and Regulates Chromosome Segregation.

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Journal Article


Current biology : CB, Volume 28, Issue 17, p.2697-2704.e3 (2018)


Genomics Core Facility


Kinesin-5 is a highly conserved homo-tetrameric protein complex responsible for crosslinking microtubules and pushing spindle poles apart. The budding yeast Kinesin-5, Cin8, is highly concentrated at kinetochores in mitosis before anaphase, but its functions there are largely unsolved. Here, we show that Cin8 localizes to kinetochores in a cell-cycle-dependent manner and concentrates near the microtubule binding domains of Ndc80 at metaphase. Cin8's kinetochore localization depends on the Ndc80 complex, kinetochore microtubules, and the Dam1 complex. Consistent with its kinetochore localization, a Cin8 deletion induces a loss of tension at the Ndc80 microtubule binding domains and a major delay in mitotic progression. Cin8 associates with Protein Phosphatase 1 (PP1), and mutants that inhibit its PP1 binding also induce a loss of tension at the Ndc80 microtubule binding domains and delay mitotic progression. Taken together, our results suggest that Cin8-PP1 plays a critical role at kinetochores to promote accurate chromosome segregation by controlling Ndc80 attachment to microtubules.