Mio depletion links mTOR regulation to Aurora A and Plk1 activation at mitotic centrosomes.
Bottom Line: In this study, we report that Mio, a highly conserved member of the SEACAT/GATOR2 complex necessary for the activation of mTORC1 kinase, plays a critical role in mitotic spindle formation and subsequent chromosome segregation by regulating the proper concentration of active key mitotic kinases Plk1 and Aurora A at centrosomes and spindle poles.Mio-depleted cells showed reduced activation of Plk1 and Aurora A kinase at spindle poles and an impaired localization of MCAK and HURP, two key regulators of mitotic spindle formation and known substrates of Aurora A kinase, resulting in spindle assembly and cytokinesis defects.Our results indicate that a major function of Mio in mitosis is to regulate the activation/deactivation of Plk1 and Aurora A, possibly by linking them to mTOR signaling in a pathway to promote faithful mitotic progression.
Affiliation: Wellcome Trust Centre for Cell Biology, Institute of Cell Biology, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh EH9 3BF, Scotland, UK email@example.com Bill.Earnshaw@ed.ac.uk.Show MeSH
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Mentions: Closer inspection of the distribution of α-tubulin and the centrosomal markers γ-tubulin and pericentrin in Mio-depleted cells revealed an increase in several spindle defects. These included abnormal tilt of the spindle axis, disrupted or unfocused spindle poles, monopolar spindles, displacement of the spindle from the cell center toward the cell cortex, and failure of centrosomes to localize at both spindle poles (Fig. 3 A). Most depleted cells showed one or a combination of the aforementioned phenotypes.
Affiliation: Wellcome Trust Centre for Cell Biology, Institute of Cell Biology, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh EH9 3BF, Scotland, UK firstname.lastname@example.org Bill.Earnshaw@ed.ac.uk.