Protein Phosphatase 1 regulates atypical chromosome segregation and cell polarity during mitotic and meiotic division in Plasmodium sexual stages
Ferguson, David J P
Bottrill, Andrew R.
Holder, Anthony A.
KAUST DepartmentBiological and Environmental Sciences and Engineering (BESE) Division
Pathogen Genomics Laboratory
Permanent link to this recordhttp://hdl.handle.net/10754/666922
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AbstractAbstractPP1 is a conserved eukaryotic serine/threonine phosphatase that regulates many aspects of mitosis and meiosis, often working in concert with other phosphatases, such as CDC14 and CDC25. The proliferative stages of the parasite life cycle include sexual development within the mosquito vector, with male gamete formation characterized by an atypical rapid mitosis, consisting of three rounds of DNA synthesis, successive spindle formation with clustered kinetochores, and a meiotic stage during zygote to ookinete development following fertilization. It is unclear how PP1 is involved in these unusual processes. Using real-time live-cell and ultrastructural imaging, conditional gene knockdown, RNA-seq and proteomic approaches, we show that Plasmodium PP1 is involved in both chromosome segregation during mitotic exit, and establishment of cell polarity during zygote development in the mosquito midgut, suggesting that small molecule inhibitors of PP1 should be explored for blocking parasite transmission.
CitationZeeshan, M., Pandey, R., Subudhi, A. K., Ferguson, D. J. P., Kaur, G., Rashpa, R., … Tewari, R. (2021). Protein Phosphatase 1 regulates atypical chromosome segregation and cell polarity during mitotic and meiotic division in Plasmodium sexual stages. doi:10.1101/2021.01.15.426883
SponsorsWe thank Julie Rodgers for helping to maintain the insectary and other technical works, and the personnel at the Bioscience Core Laboratory (BCL) in KAUST for sequencing the RNA samples and producing the raw datasets.
PublisherCold Spring Harbor Laboratory