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Temporal coupling of spindle disassembly and cytokinesis is disrupted by deletion of LTE1 in budding yeast.

The mitotic exit network (MEN) is a signal transduction cascade that controls exit from mitosis in budding yeast by triggering the nucleolar release and hence activation of the Cdc14 phosphatase. Activation of the MEN is tightly coordinated with spindle position in such a way that Cdc14 is only fully released upon spindle pole body (SPB) migration into the daughter cell. This temporal regulation of the MEN has been proposed to rely in part on the spatial separation of the G-protein Tem1 at the SPB and its nucleotide exchange factor Lte1 confined to the daughter cell cortex. However, the dispensability of LTE1 for survival has raised questions regarding this model. Here using real-time microscopy we show that lte1Delta mutants not only delay exit from mitosis but also uncouple the normal coordination between spindle disassembly and contraction of the actomyosin ring at cell division. These mitotic defects can be suppressed by a bub2Delta mutation or by Cdc14 over-expression suggesting that they are caused by compromised MEN activity. Thus Lte1 function is important to fine-tune the timing of mitotic exit and to couple this event with cytokinesis in budding yeast.[1]


  1. Temporal coupling of spindle disassembly and cytokinesis is disrupted by deletion of LTE1 in budding yeast. Jensen, S., Johnson, A.L., Johnston, L.H., Segal, M. Cell Cycle (2004) [Pubmed]
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