Spatiotemporal regulation of the Dma1-mediated mitotic checkpoint coordinates mitosis with cytokinesis

  • Sierra N. Cullati
  • Kathleen L. GouldEmail author


During cell division, the timing of mitosis and cytokinesis must be ordered to ensure that each daughter cell receives a complete, undamaged copy of the genome. In fission yeast, the septation initiation network (SIN) is responsible for this coordination, and a mitotic checkpoint dependent on the E3 ubiquitin ligase Dma1 and the protein kinase CK1 controls SIN signaling to delay cytokinesis when there are errors in mitosis. The participation of kinases and ubiquitin ligases in cell cycle checkpoints that maintain genome integrity is conserved from yeast to human, making fission yeast an excellent model system in which to study checkpoint mechanisms. In this review, we highlight recent advances and remaining questions related to checkpoint regulation, which requires the synchronized modulation of protein ubiquitination, phosphorylation, and subcellular localization.


Cell division Mitosis Cytokinesis Cell cycle checkpoint SIN Dma1 CHFR CK1 



We are grateful to Dr. Alaina Willet, MariaSanta Mangione, and other members of the Gould lab for critical comments on the manuscript. This work is supported by NIH R01-GM112989 (to KLG) and T32-CA119925 (to SNC).


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  1. 1.Vanderbilt University School of MedicineNashvilleUSA

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