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Through a screen designed to isolate novel fission yeast genes required for chromosome segregation, we have identified mal3+. The mal3-1 mutation decreased the transmission fidelity of a nonessential minichromosome and altered sensitivity to microtubule-destabilizing drugs. Sequence analysis revealed that the 35-kD Mal3 is a member of an evolutionary(More)
The Schizosaccharomyces pombe CLIP170-associated protein (CLASP) Peg1 was identified in a screen for mutants with spindle formation defects and a screen for molecules that antagonized EB1 function. The conditional peg1.1 mutant enabled us to identify key features of Peg1 function. First, Peg1 was required to form a spindle and astral microtubules, yet(More)
By a screen designed to isolate new fission yeast genes required for chromosome segregation, we have identified mal2+. The conditionally lethal mal2-1 allele gives rise to increased loss of a nonessential minichromosome at the permissive temperature and leads to severe missegregation of the chromosomes at the nonpermissive temperature. Cloning by(More)
Spc7, a member of the conserved Spc105/KNL-1 family of kinetochore proteins, was identified as an interaction partner of the EB1 homologue Mal3. Spc7 associates with the central centromere region of the chromosome but does not affect transcriptional silencing. Here, we show that Spc7 is required for the integrity of the spindle as well as for targeting of(More)
Precise segregation of chromosomes requires the activity of a specialized chromatin region, the centromere, that assembles the kinetochore complex to mediate the association with spindle microtubules. We show here that Mal2p, previously identified as a protein required for genome stability, is an essential component of the fission yeast centromere. Loss of(More)
Linker arrays were added to the 5' and 3' boundaries of the Saccharomyces cerevisiae LYS2 gene, which allow the generation of 18 LYS2 cartridges with different sticky ends. As it was necessary to define the beginning and the end of the approx. 4.5-kb LYS2 gene, we sequenced 1 kb of its 5' and 1.5 kb of its 3' region and mapped the mRNA start point. The open(More)
Chromosome segregation is powered by the kinetochore, a large macromolecular structure assembled on centromeric chromatin. Attachment of sister chromatids to microtubules is mediated by the highly conserved tripartite KMN (acronym for KNL-1-Mis12-Ndc80) kinetochore network. In the fission yeast Schizosaccharomyces pombe, the equivalent complex is called NMS(More)
We identified a truncated allele of dam1 as a multicopy suppressor of the sensitivity of cdc13-117 (cyclin B) and mal3-1 (EB-1) cells to thiabendazole, a microtubule poison. We find that Dam1 binds to the plus end of spindle microtubules and kinetochores as cells enter mitosis and this is dependent on other components of the fission yeast DASH complex,(More)
Stable maintenance of genetic information during meiosis and mitosis is dependent on accurate chromosome transmission. The centromere is a key component of the segregational machinery that couples chromosomes with the spindle apparatus. Most of what is known about the structure and function of the centromeres has been derived from studies on yeast cells. In(More)
In 1992 we started assembling an ordered library of cosmid clones from chromosome XIV of the yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae. At that time, only 49 genes were known to be located on this chromosome and we estimated that 80% to 90% of its genes were yet to be discovered. In 1993, a team of 20 European laboratories began the systematic sequence analysis of(More)