Nuclear pores protect genome integrity by assembling a premitotic and mad1-dependent anaphase inhibitor

Veronica Rodriguez-Bravo, John Maciejowski, Jennifer Corona, Håkon Kirkeby Buch, Philippe Collin, Masato T. Kanemaki, Jagesh V. Shah, Prasad V. Jallepalli

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The spindle assembly checkpoint (SAC) delays anaphase until all chromosomes are bioriented on the mitotic spindle. Under current models, unattached kinetochores transduce the SAC by catalyzing the intramitotic production of a diffusible inhibitor of APC/CCdc20 (the anaphase-promoting complex/cyclosome and its coactivator Cdc20, a large ubiquitin ligase). Here we show that nuclear pore complexes (NPCs) in interphase cells also function as scaffolds for anaphase-inhibitory signaling. This role is mediated by Mad1-Mad2 complexes tethered to the nuclear basket, which activate soluble Mad2 as a binding partner and inhibitor of Cdc20 in the cytoplasm. Displacing Mad1-Mad2 from nuclear pores accelerated anaphase onset, prevented effective correction of merotelic errors, and increased the threshold of kinetochore-dependent signaling needed to halt mitosis in response to spindle poisons. A heterologous Mad1-NPC tether restored Cdc20 inhibitor production and normal M phase control. We conclude that nuclear pores and kinetochores both emit "wait anaphase" signals that preserve genome integrity.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1017-1031
Number of pages15
Issue number5
StatePublished - 27 Feb 2014
Externally publishedYes


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