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The chromosomal passenger complex protein INCENP is required in mitosis for chromosome condensation, spindle attachment and function, and cytokinesis. Here, we show that INCENP has an essential function in the specialized behavior of centromeres in meiosis. Mutations affecting Drosophila incenp profoundly affect chromosome segregation in both meiosis I and(More)
The coordinated activities at centromeres of two key cell cycle kinases, Polo and Aurora B, are critical for ensuring that the two sister kinetochores of each chromosome are attached to microtubules from opposite spindle poles prior to chromosome segregation at anaphase. Initial attachments of chromosomes to the spindle involve random interactions between(More)
We describe a method for the isolation of conditional knockouts of essential multiply spliced genes in which the entire body of the gene downstream of the ATG start codon is left untouched but can be switched off rapidly and completely by adding tetracycline to the culture medium. The approach centers on a "promoter-hijack" strategy in which the gene's(More)
We show here that the YIL113w gene of Saccharomyces cerevisiae encodes a functional protein phosphatase. Yil113p shows no activity in vitro towards either phosphorylated casein or myelin basic protein. However, Yil113p dephosphorylates activated extracellular signal-regulated kinase 2 MAP kinase indicating that it is a dual-specificity MAP kinase(More)
We engineered mutants into residues of SMC2 to dissect the role of ATPase function in the condensin complex. These residues are predicted to be involved in ATP binding or hydrolysis and in the Q-loop, which is thought to act as a mediator of conformational changes induced by substrate binding. All the engineered ATPase mutations resulted in lethality when(More)
To elucidate the physiological role(s) of DUSP9 (dual-specificity phosphatase 9), also known as MKP-4 (mitogen-activated protein kinase [MAPK] phosphatase 4), the gene was deleted in mice. Crossing male chimeras with wild-type females resulted in heterozygous (DUSP9(+/-)) females. However, when these animals were crossed with wild-type (DUSP9(+/y)) males(More)
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