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Chromosome movement in mitosis requires microtubule anchorage at spindle poles.

Gordon MB, Howard L, Compton DA - J. Cell Biol. (2001)

Bottom Line: Perturbation of NuMA alone disrupts spindle pole organization and delays anaphase onset, but does not alter the velocity of oscillatory chromosome movement in prometaphase.Perturbation of HSET alone increases the duration of prometaphase, but does not alter the velocity of chromosome movement in prometaphase or anaphase.These results demonstrate that anchorage of microtubule minus ends at spindle poles mediated by overlapping mechanisms involving both NuMA and HSET is essential for chromosome movement during mitosis.

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Affiliation: Department of Biochemistry, Dartmouth Medical School, Hanover, New Hampshire 03755, USA.

ABSTRACT
Anchorage of microtubule minus ends at spindle poles has been proposed to bear the load of poleward forces exerted by kinetochore-associated motors so that chromosomes move toward the poles rather than the poles toward the chromosomes. To test this hypothesis, we monitored chromosome movement during mitosis after perturbation of nuclear mitotic apparatus protein (NuMA) and the human homologue of the KIN C motor family (HSET), two noncentrosomal proteins involved in spindle pole organization in animal cells. Perturbation of NuMA alone disrupts spindle pole organization and delays anaphase onset, but does not alter the velocity of oscillatory chromosome movement in prometaphase. Perturbation of HSET alone increases the duration of prometaphase, but does not alter the velocity of chromosome movement in prometaphase or anaphase. In contrast, simultaneous perturbation of both HSET and NuMA severely suppresses directed chromosome movement in prometaphase. Chromosomes coalesce near the center of these cells on bi-oriented spindles that lack organized poles. Immunofluorescence and electron microscopy verify microtubule attachment to sister kinetochores, but this attachment fails to generate proper tension across sister kinetochores. These results demonstrate that anchorage of microtubule minus ends at spindle poles mediated by overlapping mechanisms involving both NuMA and HSET is essential for chromosome movement during mitosis.

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Chromosome movement in a cell treated with nocodazole. (A) Selected DIC images from the video record of a mitotic cell cultured in the presence of 200 nM nocodazole. Times are indicated in hours:minutes:seconds. (B) The cell featured in A was fixed and processed for immunofluorescence microscopy using antibodies specific for tubulin and the DNA-specific dye DAPI, as indicated (see Video 4 in online supplement). Bar: 20 μm.
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Figure 4: Chromosome movement in a cell treated with nocodazole. (A) Selected DIC images from the video record of a mitotic cell cultured in the presence of 200 nM nocodazole. Times are indicated in hours:minutes:seconds. (B) The cell featured in A was fixed and processed for immunofluorescence microscopy using antibodies specific for tubulin and the DNA-specific dye DAPI, as indicated (see Video 4 in online supplement). Bar: 20 μm.

Mentions: Quicktime videos to accompany Fig. 1Fig. 2Fig. 3Fig. 4 are available at http//:www.jcb.org/cgi/content/full/152/3/425/DC1.


Chromosome movement in mitosis requires microtubule anchorage at spindle poles.

Gordon MB, Howard L, Compton DA - J. Cell Biol. (2001)

Chromosome movement in a cell treated with nocodazole. (A) Selected DIC images from the video record of a mitotic cell cultured in the presence of 200 nM nocodazole. Times are indicated in hours:minutes:seconds. (B) The cell featured in A was fixed and processed for immunofluorescence microscopy using antibodies specific for tubulin and the DNA-specific dye DAPI, as indicated (see Video 4 in online supplement). Bar: 20 μm.
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Figure 4: Chromosome movement in a cell treated with nocodazole. (A) Selected DIC images from the video record of a mitotic cell cultured in the presence of 200 nM nocodazole. Times are indicated in hours:minutes:seconds. (B) The cell featured in A was fixed and processed for immunofluorescence microscopy using antibodies specific for tubulin and the DNA-specific dye DAPI, as indicated (see Video 4 in online supplement). Bar: 20 μm.
Mentions: Quicktime videos to accompany Fig. 1Fig. 2Fig. 3Fig. 4 are available at http//:www.jcb.org/cgi/content/full/152/3/425/DC1.

Bottom Line: Perturbation of NuMA alone disrupts spindle pole organization and delays anaphase onset, but does not alter the velocity of oscillatory chromosome movement in prometaphase.Perturbation of HSET alone increases the duration of prometaphase, but does not alter the velocity of chromosome movement in prometaphase or anaphase.These results demonstrate that anchorage of microtubule minus ends at spindle poles mediated by overlapping mechanisms involving both NuMA and HSET is essential for chromosome movement during mitosis.

View Article: PubMed Central - PubMed

Affiliation: Department of Biochemistry, Dartmouth Medical School, Hanover, New Hampshire 03755, USA.

ABSTRACT
Anchorage of microtubule minus ends at spindle poles has been proposed to bear the load of poleward forces exerted by kinetochore-associated motors so that chromosomes move toward the poles rather than the poles toward the chromosomes. To test this hypothesis, we monitored chromosome movement during mitosis after perturbation of nuclear mitotic apparatus protein (NuMA) and the human homologue of the KIN C motor family (HSET), two noncentrosomal proteins involved in spindle pole organization in animal cells. Perturbation of NuMA alone disrupts spindle pole organization and delays anaphase onset, but does not alter the velocity of oscillatory chromosome movement in prometaphase. Perturbation of HSET alone increases the duration of prometaphase, but does not alter the velocity of chromosome movement in prometaphase or anaphase. In contrast, simultaneous perturbation of both HSET and NuMA severely suppresses directed chromosome movement in prometaphase. Chromosomes coalesce near the center of these cells on bi-oriented spindles that lack organized poles. Immunofluorescence and electron microscopy verify microtubule attachment to sister kinetochores, but this attachment fails to generate proper tension across sister kinetochores. These results demonstrate that anchorage of microtubule minus ends at spindle poles mediated by overlapping mechanisms involving both NuMA and HSET is essential for chromosome movement during mitosis.

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