Different Plk1 functions show distinct dependencies on Polo-Box domain-mediated targeting

Hanisch, Anja and Wehner, Anja and Nigg, Erich A. and Silljé, Herman H. W.. (2006) Different Plk1 functions show distinct dependencies on Polo-Box domain-mediated targeting. Molecular Biology of the Cell, 17 (1). pp. 448-459.

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Polo-like kinase 1 (Plk1) has multiple important functions during M-phase progression. In addition to a catalytic domain, Plk1 possesses a phosphopeptide-binding motif, the polo-box domain (PBD), which is required for proper localization. Here, we have explored the importance of correct Plk1 subcellular targeting for its mitotic functions. We either displaced endogenous Plk1 through overexpression of the PBD or introduced the catalytic domain of Plk1, lacking the PBD, into Plk1-depleted cells. Both treatments resulted in remarkably similar phenotypes, which were distinct from the Plk1 depletion phenotype. Cells depleted of Plk1 mostly arrested with monoastral spindles, because of inhibition of centrosome maturation and separation. In contrast, these functions were not impaired in cells with mislocalized Plk1. Instead, these latter cells showed a checkpoint-dependent mitotic arrest characterized by impaired chromosome congression. Thus, whereas chromosome congression requires localized Plk1 activity, other investigated Plk1 functions are less dependent on correct PBD-mediated targeting. This opens the possibility that PBD-directed drugs might be developed to selectively interfere with a subset of Plk1 functions.
Faculties and Departments:05 Faculty of Science > Departement Biozentrum
05 Faculty of Science > Departement Biozentrum > Former Organization Units Biozentrum > Cell Biology (Nigg)
UniBasel Contributors:Nigg, Erich A.
Item Type:Article, refereed
Article Subtype:Research Article
Publisher:American Society for Cell Biology
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