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Two-step interphase microtubule disassembly aids spindle morphogenesis

Overview of attention for article published in BMC Biology, January 2018
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Two-step interphase microtubule disassembly aids spindle morphogenesis
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BMC Biology, January 2018
DOI 10.1186/s12915-017-0478-z
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Nunu Mchedlishvili, Helen K. Matthews, Adam Corrigan, Buzz Baum


Entry into mitosis triggers profound changes in cell shape and cytoskeletal organisation. Here, by studying microtubule remodelling in human flat mitotic cells, we identify a two-step process of interphase microtubule disassembly. First, a microtubule-stabilising protein, Ensconsin/MAP7, is inactivated in prophase as a consequence of its phosphorylation downstream of Cdk1/cyclin B. This leads to a reduction in interphase microtubule stability that may help to fuel the growth of centrosomally nucleated microtubules. The peripheral interphase microtubules that remain are then rapidly lost as the concentration of tubulin heterodimers falls following dissolution of the nuclear compartment boundary. Finally, we show that a failure to destabilise microtubules in prophase leads to the formation of microtubule clumps, which interfere with spindle assembly. This analysis highlights the importance of the step-wise remodelling of the microtubule cytoskeleton and the significance of permeabilisation of the nuclear envelope in coordinating the changes in cellular organisation and biochemistry that accompany mitotic entry.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
Unknown 38 100%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Ph. D. Student 13 34%
Researcher 9 24%
Student > Master 4 11%
Student > Doctoral Student 3 8%
Professor 3 8%
Other 2 5%
Unknown 4 11%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology 25 66%
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 6 16%
Engineering 1 3%
Unknown 6 16%

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