Bub1 kinase activity drives error correction and mitotic checkpoint control but not tumor suppression

Robin M. Ricke, Karthik B. Jeganathan, Liviu Malureanu, Andrew M. Harrison, Jan M. Van Deursen

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The mitotic checkpoint protein Bub1 is essential for embryogenesis and survival of proliferating cells, and bidirectional deviations from its normal level of expression cause chromosome missegregation, aneuploidy, and cancer predispositionin mice. To provide insight into the physiological significance of this critical mitotic regulator at a modular level, we generated Bub1 mutant mice that lack kinase activity using a knockin gene-targeting approach that preserves normal proteinabundance. In this paper, we uncover that Bub1 kinase activity integrates attachment error correction and mitotic checkpoint signaling by controlling the localization and activity of Aurora B kinase through phosphorylation of histone H2A at threonine 121. Strikingly, despite substantial chromosome segregation errors and aneuploidization, mice deficient for Bub1 kinase activity do not exhibit increased susceptibility to spontaneous or carcinogeninduced tumorigenesis. These findings provide a unique example of a modular mitotic activity orchestrating two distinct networks that safeguard against whole chromosome instability and reveal the differential importance of distinct aneuploidy-causing Bub1 defects in tumor suppression.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)931-949
Number of pages19
JournalJournal of Cell Biology
Issue number6
StatePublished - Dec 2012

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  • Cell Biology


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