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Exp Cell Res. 2011 Apr 15;317(7):994-1004. doi: 10.1016/j.yexcr.2011.01.022. Epub 2011 Feb 1.

Human TopBP1 localization to the mitotic centrosome mediates mitotic progression.

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Department of Biological Sciences, and Institute for Molecular Biology and Genetics, Seoul National University, Seoul 151-742, Republic of Korea.


TopBP1 contains repeats of the BRCA1 C-terminal (BRCT) domain and plays important roles in DNA damage response, DNA replication, and other cellular regulatory functions during the interphase. In prometaphase, metaphase, and anaphase, TopBP1 localizes to the mitotic centrosomes, which function as spindle-poles for the bipolar separation of sister chromatids. The localization of TopBP1 to the mitotic centrosomes is mediated by amino acid residues 1259 to 1420 in the TopBP1 C-terminal region (TbpCtr). GST and DsRed2 tags fused to TbpCtr were localized in the mitotic centrosomes, thereby suggesting that TbpCtr functions as a mitosis-specific centrosome localization signal (CLS). Mutations of Ser 1273 and/or Lys 1317, which were predicted to interact with a putative phosphoprotein, inhibited CLS function. Ectopic expression of TbpCtr specifically eliminated endogenous TopBP1 from the mitotic centrosomes, whereas mutant TbpCtr derivatives, containing substitutions at Ser 1273 and/or Lys 1317, did not. The specific elimination of TopBP1 from the mitotic centrosomes prolonged the durations of prometaphase and metaphase and shortened the inter-kinetochore distances of metaphase sister chromatids while maintaining the spindle assembly checkpoint. These results suggest that the localization of TopBP1 to the mitotic centrosomes is necessary for proper mitotic progression.

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