Spindle pole bodies function as signal amplifiers in the Mitotic Exit Network

Ian W. Campbell, Xiaoxue Zhou, Angelika Amon

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The Mitotic Exit Network (MEN), a budding yeast Ras-like signal transduction cascade, translates nuclear position into a signal to exit from mitosis. Here we describe how scaffolding the MEN onto spindle pole bodies (SPB—centrosome equivalent) allows the MEN to couple the final stages of mitosis to spindle position. Through the quantitative analysis of the localization of MEN components, we determined the relative importance of MEN signaling from the SPB that is delivered into the daughter cell (dSPB) during anaphase and the SPB that remains in the mother cell. Movement of half of the nucleus into the bud during anaphase causes the active form of the MEN GTPase Tem1 to accumulate at the dSPB. In response to Tem1’s activity at the dSPB, the MEN kinase cascade, which functions downstream of Tem1, accumulates at both SPBs. This localization to both SPBs serves an important role in promoting efficient exit from mitosis. Cells that harbor only one SPB delay exit from mitosis. We propose that MEN signaling is initiated by Tem1 at the dSPB and that association of the downstream MEN kinases with both SPBs serves to amplify MEN signaling, enabling the timely exit from mitosis.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)906-916
Number of pages11
JournalMolecular biology of the cell
Issue number9
StatePublished - Apr 2020

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Molecular Biology
  • Cell Biology


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