Dissecting the Mitotic Golgi Membranes Mediated Microtubule Polymerization



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A properly assembled astral microtubule network is required for correct mitotic spindle orientation, which is important in multiple development processes as it determines cell fate and function. The initiation and growth of astral microtubules was previously attributed to centrosomes and microtubule stabilizing proteins. Here in my dissertation research, I demonstrate that microtubules initiated by mitotic Golgi membranes contribute to the growth of astral microtubules and the proper orientation of the spindle. In turn, the microtubule initiation activity of mitotic Golgi membranes facilitates the proper inheritance of the single copy Golgi apparatus, which is essential in polarized cellular functions, including directional cell migration and secretion. Microtubule assembly is initiated by the Golgi resident protein GM130, which locally activates the spindle assembly factor TPX2 at the mitotic Golgi membranes. GM130 relieves TPX2 from inhibition by competing for importin α binding. The mitotic phosphorylation of importin α on Serine 62 by Cdk1 switches its substrate preference towards GM130 and enables the competition-based activation. The importin α S62A mutant impedes the local TPX2 activation and compromises the astral microtubules, which ultimately leads to misoriented spindles. Blocking of the GM130-importin α-TPX2 activation pathway reduces the astral microtubule growth rate. I also identified that the human GM130 homolog GLP harbors a domain that is highly similar to the TPX2 activating domain of GM130, which could potentially initiate microtubule assembly. My research reveals the novel role of mitotic Golgi membranes in astral spindle organization and the underlying mechanism that regulates this process in a spatio-temporal manner.

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