HJURP interaction with the condensin II complex during G1 promotes CENP-A deposition

Meghan C. Barnhart-Dailey, Prasad Trivedi, P. Todd Stukenberg, Daniel R. Foltz*

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Centromeric chromatin is required for kinetochore assembly during mitosis and accurate chromosome segregation. A unique nucleosome containing the histone H3-specific variant CENP-A is the defining feature of centromeric chromatin. In humans, CENP-A nucleosome deposition occurs in early G1 just after mitotic exit at the time when the CENP-A deposition machinery localizes to centromeres. The mechanism by which CENP-A is deposited onto an existing, condensed chromatin template is not understood. Here we identify the selective association of the CENP-A chaperone HJURP with the condensin II complex and not condensin I. We show CAPH2 is present at centromeres during early G1 at the time when CENP-A deposition is occurring. CAPH2 localization to early G1 centromeres is dependent on HJURP. The CENP-A chaperone and assembly factor HJURP induces decondensation of a noncentromeric LacO array, and this decondensation is modulated by the condensin II complex. We show that condensin II function at the centromere is required for new CENP-A deposition in human cells. These data demonstrate that HJURP selectively recruits the condensin II chromatin-remodeling complex to facilitate CENP-A deposition in human cells.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)54-64
Number of pages11
JournalMolecular biology of the cell
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 2017

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Molecular Biology
  • Cell Biology

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