Inhibition of Cdc42 during mitotic exit is required for cytokinesis

Benjamin D. Atkins, Satoshi Yoshida, Koji Saito, Chi Fang Wu, Daniel J. Lew, David Pellman*

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The role of Cdc42 and its regulation during cytokinesis is not well understood. Using biochemical and imaging approaches in budding yeast, we demonstrate that Cdc42 activation peaks during the G1/S transition and during anaphase but drops during mitotic exit and cytokinesis. Cdc5/Polo kinase is an important upstream cell cycle regulator that suppresses Cdc42 activity. Failure to down-regulate Cdc42 during mitotic exit impairs the normal localization of key cytokinesis regulators- Iqg1 and Inn1-at the division site, and results in an abnormal septum. The effects of Cdc42 hyperactivation are largely mediated by the Cdc42 effector p21-activated kinase Ste20. Inhibition of Cdc42 and related Rho guanosine triphosphatases may be a general feature of cytokinesis in eukaryotes.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)231-240
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Cell Biology
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2013 Jul
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cell Biology


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