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Deprotection of centromeric cohesin at meiosis II requires APC/C activity but not kinetochore tension

Lookup NU author(s): Mahdi Lamb, Dr Lisa Ferguson, Chris Lodge, Professor Mary Herbert



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© 2021 The Authors. Published under the terms of the CC BY 4.0 licenseGenome haploidization involves sequential loss of cohesin from chromosome arms and centromeres during two meiotic divisions. At centromeres, cohesin's Rec8 subunit is protected from separase cleavage at meiosis I and then deprotected to allow its cleavage at meiosis II. Protection of centromeric cohesin by shugoshin-PP2A seems evolutionarily conserved. However, deprotection has been proposed to rely on spindle forces separating the Rec8 protector from cohesin at metaphase II in mammalian oocytes and on APC/C-dependent destruction of the protector at anaphase II in yeast. Here, we have activated APC/C in the absence of sister kinetochore biorientation at meiosis II in yeast and mouse oocytes, and find that bipolar spindle forces are dispensable for sister centromere separation in both systems. Furthermore, we show that at least in yeast, protection of Rec8 by shugoshin and inhibition of separase by securin are both required for the stability of centromeric cohesin at metaphase II. Our data imply that related mechanisms preserve the integrity of dyad chromosomes during the short metaphase II of yeast and the prolonged metaphase II arrest of mammalian oocytes.

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Author(s): Mengoli V, Jonak K, Lyzak O, Lamb M, Lister LM, Lodge C, Rojas J, Zagoriy I, Herbert M, Zachariae W

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: EMBO Journal

Year: 2021

Online publication date: 01/03/2021

Acceptance date: 22/01/2021

Date deposited: 19/03/2021

ISSN (print): 0261-4189

ISSN (electronic): 1460-2075

Publisher: Wiley-VCH Verlag


DOI: 10.15252/embj.2020106812


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