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Centrosome Aurora A regulates RhoGEF ECT-2 localisation and ensures a single PAR-2 polarity axis in C. elegans embryos

Kapoor, Sukriti and Kotak, Sachin (2019) Centrosome Aurora A regulates RhoGEF ECT-2 localisation and ensures a single PAR-2 polarity axis in C. elegans embryos. In: DEVELOPMENT, 146 (22).

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Proper establishment of cell polarity is essential for development. In the one-cell C. elegans embryo, a centrosome-localised signal provides spatial information for polarity establishment. It is hypothesised that this signal causes local inhibition of the cortical actomyosin network, and breaks symmetry to direct partitioning of the PAR proteins. However, the molecular nature of the centrosomal signal that triggers cortical anisotropy in the actomyosin network to promote polarity establishment remains elusive. Here, we discover that depletion of Aurora A kinase (AIR-1 in C. elegans) causes pronounced cortical contractions on the embryo surface, and this creates more than one PAR-2 polarity axis. This function of AIR-1 appears to be independent of its role in microtubule nucleation. Importantly, upon AIR-1 depletion, centrosome positioning becomes dispensable in dictating the PAR-2 axis. Moreover, we uncovered that a Rho GEF, ECT-2, acts downstream of AIR-1 in regulating contractility and PAR-2 localisation, and, notably, AIR-1 depletion influences ECT-2 cortical localisation. Overall, this study provides a novel insight into how an evolutionarily conserved centrosome Aurora A kinase inhibits promiscuous PAR-2 domain formation to ensure singularity in the polarity establishment axis.

Item Type: Journal Article
Publication: DEVELOPMENT
Additional Information: Copyright of this article belongs to COMPANY BIOLOGISTS LTD
Keywords: Aurora A; PAR proteins; Rho GEF; Actomyosin; Centrosomes; Polarity establishment
Department/Centre: Division of Biological Sciences > Microbiology & Cell Biology
Date Deposited: 05 Feb 2020 11:29
Last Modified: 05 Feb 2020 11:29
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ac.in/id/eprint/64207

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