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Science 330 (6001): 239-243

Copyright © 2010 by the American Association for the Advancement of Science

Two Histone Marks Establish the Inner Centromere and Chromosome Bi-Orientation

Yuya Yamagishi,1,2,* Takashi Honda,1,3,* Yuji Tanno,1 Yoshinori Watanabe1,2,3,{dagger}

Abstract: For proper partitioning of chromosomes in mitosis, the chromosomal passenger complex (CPC) including Aurora B and survivin must be localized at the center of paired kinetochores, at the site called the inner centromere. It is largely unknown what defines the inner centromere and how the CPC is targeted to this site. Here, we show that the phosphorylation of histone H3–threonine 3 (H3-pT3) mediated by Haspin cooperates with Bub1-mediated histone 2A–serine 121 (H2A-S121) phosphorylation in targeting the CPC to the inner centromere in fission yeast and human cells. H3-pT3 promotes nucleosome binding of survivin, whereas phosphorylated H2A-S121 facilitates the binding of shugoshin, the centromeric CPC adaptor. Haspin colocalizes with cohesin by associating with Pds5, whereas Bub1 localizes at kinetochores. Thus, the inner centromere is defined by intersection of two histone kinases.

1 Laboratory of Chromosome Dynamics, Institute of Molecular and Cellular Biosciences, University of Tokyo, Yayoi, Tokyo 113-0032, Japan.
2 Graduate Program in Biophysics and Biochemistry, Graduate School of Science, University of Tokyo, Hongo, Tokyo 113-0033, Japan.
3 Graduate School of Agricultural and Life Science, University of Tokyo, Yayoi, Tokyo 113-0032, Japan.

* These authors contributed equally to this work.

{dagger} To whom correspondence should be addressed. E-mail: ywatanab{at}

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