Phosphorylation of EB2 by Aurora B and CDK1 ensures mitotic progression and genome stability

Makoto Iimori, Sugiko Watanabe, Shinichi Kiyonari, Kazuaki Matsuoka, Ryo Sakasai, Hiroshi Saeki, Eiji Oki, Hiroyuki Kitao, Yoshihiko Maehara

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Abstract

Temporal regulation of microtubule dynamics is essential for proper progression of mitosis and control of microtubule plus-end tracking proteins by phosphorylation is an essential component of this regulation. Here we show that Aurora B and CDK1 phosphorylate microtubule end-binding protein 2 (EB2) at multiple sites within the amino terminus and a cluster of serine/threonine residues in the linker connecting the calponin homology and end-binding homology domains. EB2 phosphorylation, which is strictly associated with mitotic entry and progression, reduces the binding affinity of EB2 for microtubules. Expression of non-phosphorylatable EB2 induces stable kinetochore microtubule dynamics and delays formation of bipolar metaphase plates in a microtubule binding-dependent manner, and leads to aneuploidy even in unperturbed mitosis. We propose that Aurora B and CDK1 temporally regulate the binding affinity of EB2 for microtubules, thereby ensuring kinetochore microtubule dynamics, proper mitotic progression and genome stability.

Original languageEnglish
Article number11117
JournalNature communications
Volume7
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Mar 31 2016

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Chemistry(all)
  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)
  • Physics and Astronomy(all)

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