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J Cell Biol. 2019 May 6;218(5):1478-1490. doi: 10.1083/jcb.201809045. Epub 2019 Mar 12.

Yeast centrosome components form a noncanonical LINC complex at the nuclear envelope insertion site.

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Stowers Institute for Medical Research, Kansas City, MO.
Stowers Institute for Medical Research, Kansas City, MO
Department of Molecular and Integrative Physiology, University of Kansas Medical Center, Kansas City, KS.


Bipolar spindle formation in yeast requires insertion of centrosomes (known as spindle pole bodies [SPBs]) into fenestrated regions of the nuclear envelope (NE). Using structured illumination microscopy and bimolecular fluorescence complementation, we map protein distribution at SPB fenestrae and interrogate protein-protein interactions with high spatial resolution. We find that the Sad1-UNC-84 (SUN) protein Mps3 forms a ring-like structure around the SPB, similar to toroids seen for components of the SPB insertion network (SPIN). Mps3 and the SPIN component Mps2 (a Klarsicht-ANC-1-Syne-1 domain [KASH]-like protein) form a novel noncanonical linker of nucleoskeleton and cytoskeleton (LINC) complex that is connected in both luminal and extraluminal domains at the site of SPB insertion. The LINC complex also controls the distribution of a soluble SPIN component Bbp1. Taken together, our work shows that Mps3 is a fifth SPIN component and suggests both direct and indirect roles for the LINC complex in NE remodeling.

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