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Suppressors of the Ndc10-2 Mutation: A Role for the Ubiquitin System in Saccharomyces Cerevisiae Kinetochore Function

  • K. M. Kopski
  • T. C. Huffaker
Publication Date
Oct 01, 1997
  • Biology


We have isolated a new conditional-lethal mutation, ndc10-2, in the NDC10/CBF2/CTF14 gene that encodes the 110-kD subunit of the Saccharomyces cerevisiae CBF3 kinetochore complex. At the restrictive temperature of 37°, ndc10-2 cells are able to assemble anaphase spindles, but fail to segregate their DNA, consistent with a defect in kinetochore function. To identify other factors that play a role in kinetochore assembly or function, we isolated both dosage and second site suppressors of the ndc10-2 mutation. These screens identified UBC6 as a dosage suppressor, and mutations in UBC6 and UBC7 as second-site suppressors of ndc10-2 heat sensitivity. Both UBC6 and UBC7 encode ubiquitin-conjugating enzymes that function in ubiquitin-mediated protein degradation. Furthermore, overexpression of a mutant ubiquitin suppresses the ndc10-2 mutation. These results implicate the ubiquitin system in the regulation of ndc10-2 function and suggest a role for the ubiquitin system in kinetochore function.

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