Ccp1 Homodimer Mediates Chromatin Integrity by Antagonizing CENP-A Loading

Qianhua Dong, Feng Xiang Yin, Feng Gao, Yuan Shen, Faben Zhang, Yang Li, Haijin He, Marlyn Gonzalez, Jinpu Yang, Shu Zhang, Min Su, Yu Hang Chen, Fei Li

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CENP-A is a centromere-specific histone 3 variant essential for centromere specification. CENP-A partially replaces canonical histone H3 at the centromeres. How the particular CENP-A/H3 ratio at centromeres is precisely maintained is unknown. It also remains unclear how CENP-A is excluded from non-centromeric chromatin. Here, we identify Ccp1, an uncharacterized NAP family protein in fission yeast that antagonizes CENP-A loading at both centromeric and non-centromeric regions. Like the CENP-A loading factor HJURP, Ccp1 interacts with CENP-A and is recruited to centromeres at the end of mitosis in a Mis16-dependent manner. These data indicate that factors with opposing CENP-A loading activities are recruited to centromeres. Furthermore, Ccp1 also cooperates with H2A.Z to evict CENP-A assembled in euchromatin. Structural analyses indicate that Ccp1 forms a homodimer that is required for its anti-CENP-A loading activity. Our study establishes mechanisms for maintenance of CENP-A homeostasis at centromeres and the prevention of ectopic assembly of centromeres.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)79-91
Number of pages13
JournalMolecular Cell
Issue number1
StatePublished - Oct 6 2016

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Molecular Biology
  • Cell Biology


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