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EMBO Rep. 2013 Apr;14(4):364-72. doi: 10.1038/embor.2013.23. Epub 2013 Mar 12.

Beclin-1 is required for chromosome congression and proper outer kinetochore assembly.

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Inserm, U1016, Institut Cochin, 27, Rue du faubourg Saint Jacques, 75014 Paris, France.


The functions of Beclin-1 in macroautophagy, tumorigenesis and cytokinesis are thought to be mediated by its association with the PI3K-III complex. Here, we describe a new role for Beclin-1 in mitotic chromosome congression that is independent of the PI3K-III complex and its role in autophagy. Beclin-1 depletion in HeLa cells leads to a significant reduction of the outer kinetochore proteins CENP-E, CENP-F and ZW10, and, consequently, the cells present severe problems in chromosome congression. Beclin-1 associates with kinetochore microtubules and forms discrete foci near the kinetochores of attached chromosomes. We show that Beclin-1 interacts directly with Zwint-1-a component of the KMN (KNL-1/Mis12/Ndc80) complex-which is essential for kinetochore-microtubule interactions. This suggests that Beclin-1 acts downstream of the KMN complex to influence the recruitment of outer kinetochore proteins and promotes accurate kinetochore anchoring to the spindle during mitosis.

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