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In closed mitotic systems such as Saccharomyces cerevisiae, nuclear pore complexes (NPCs) and the spindle pole body (SPB) must assemble into an intact nuclear envelope (NE). Ndc1 is a highly conserved integral membrane protein involved in insertion of both complexes. In this study, we show that Ndc1 interacts with the SUN domain-containing protein Mps3 on the NE in live yeast cells using fluorescence cross-correlation spectroscopy. Genetic and molecular analysis of a series of new ndc1 alleles allowed us to understand the role of Ndc1-Mps3 binding at the NE. We show that the ndc1-L562S allele is unable to associate specifically with Mps3 and find that this mutant is lethal due to a defect in SPB duplication. Unlike other ndc1 alleles, the growth and Mps3 binding defect of ndc1-L562S is fully suppressed by deletion of POM152, which encodes a NPC component. Based on our data we propose that the Ndc1-Mps3 interaction is important for controlling the distribution of Ndc1 between the NPC and SPB.


Jingjing Chen, Christine J Smoyer, Brian D Slaughter, Jay R Unruh, Sue L Jaspersen. The SUN protein Mps3 controls Ndc1 distribution and function on the nuclear membrane. The Journal of cell biology. 2014 Feb 17;204(4):523-39

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