Tex14, a Plk1-Regulated Protein, Is Required for Kinetochore-Microtubule Attachment and Regulation of the Spindle Assembly Checkpoint

Gourish Mondal, Akihiro Ohashi, Lin Yang, Matthew Rowley, Fergus J. Couch

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Proper assembly of kinetochores (KTs) during mitosis is required for bipolar attachment of spindle microtubules (MTs) and the accumulation of spindle assembly checkpoint (SAC) components. Here we show that testis-expressed protein 14 (Tex14), which has been implicated in midbody function, is recruited to KTs by Plk1 in a Cdk1-dependent manner during early mitosis. Exclusion of Tex14 from kinetochores results in an inability to efficiently localize outer KT components, impaired KT-MT attachment, chromosome congression defects, and whole-chromosome instability. In addition, we demonstrate that phosphorylation of Tex14 by Plk1 during metaphase promotes APCCdc20-mediated Tex14 degradation. Inhibition of this phosphorylation event causes retention of Tex14 at KTs and results in delayed metaphase-to-anaphase transition and chromosome segregation defects. Our findings identify Tex14 as an important mediator of KT structure and function and the fidelity of chromosome separation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)680-695
Number of pages16
JournalMolecular Cell
Issue number5
StatePublished - Mar 9 2012


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Molecular Biology
  • Cell Biology

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