Wilson, MH and Holzbaur, EL. Opposing microtubule motors drive robust nuclear dynamics in developing muscle cells. J Cell Sci 125(Pt 17): 4158-4169

Journal of Cell Science (Impact Factor: 5.43). 05/2012; 125(17). DOI: 10.1242/jcs.108688
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Dynamic interactions with the cytoskeleton drive the movement and positioning of nuclei in many cell types. During muscle cell development, myoblasts fuse to form syncytial myofibers with nuclei positioned regularly along the length of the cell. Nuclear translocation in developing myotubes requires microtubules, but the mechanisms involved have not been elucidated. We find that as nuclei actively translocate through the cell, they rotate in three-dimensions. The nuclear envelope, nucleoli, and chromocenters within the nucleus rotate together as a unit. Both translocation and rotation require an intact microtubule cytoskeleton, which forms a dynamic bipolar network around nuclei. The plus- and minus-end directed microtubule motor proteins, kinesin-1 and dynein, localize to the nuclear envelope in myotubes. Kinesin-1 localization is mediated at least in part by interaction with klarsicht/ANC-1/Syne homology (KASH) proteins. Depletion of kinesin-1 abolishes nuclear rotation and significantly inhibits nuclear translocation, resulting in the abnormal aggregation of nuclei at the midline of the myotube. Dynein depletion also inhibits nuclear dynamics, but to a lesser extent, leading to altered spacing between adjacent nuclei. Thus, oppositely directed motors acting from the surface of the nucleus drive nuclear motility in myotubes. The variable dynamics observed for individual nuclei within a single myotube likely result from the stochastic activity of competing motors interacting with a complex bipolar microtubule cytoskeleton that is also continuously remodeled as the nuclei move. The three-dimensional rotation of myotube nuclei may facilitate their motility through the complex and crowded cellular environment of the developing muscle cell, allowing for proper myonuclear positioning.

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    • "Recent evidence has revealed the unique contribution of the microtubule (MT)-based cytoskeleton to nuclear shape and positioning in muscle fibers (Oddoux et al., 2013; Wilson and Holzbaur, 2015). In addition, various MT-associated proteins (MAPs), including dynein, kinesin, and MAP7/Esconsin, were shown to be essential for myonuclear positioning in striated muscles (Folker et al., 2012, 2014; Metzger et al., 2012; Wilson and Holzbaur, 2012). Furthermore, proteins of the linker of nucleoskeleton and cytoskeleton (LINC) complex, including the Klarsicht, ANC-1, Syne homology (KASH) proteins MSP300 and Klar and the Sad1p, UNC-84 (SUN) protein Klaroid (Elhanany-Tamir et al., 2012), are critical for maintenance of myonuclear positioning and shape. "
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    The Journal of Cell Biology 05/2015; 209(4-4):529-538. DOI:10.1083/jcb.201408098 · 9.83 Impact Factor
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    • "The study of nuclear movement in muscle has revealed novel behaviors of moving nuclei (Wilson and Holzbaur, 2012; Folker et al., 2014), and has also identified proteins with novel roles in nuclear movement. MAP7/Ensconsin was long ago identified as a microtubule associated protein (Bulinski and Bossler, 1994), but a cellular role for this protein had not been identified. "
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    Frontiers in Physiology 12/2013; 4:363. DOI:10.3389/fphys.2013.00363 · 3.53 Impact Factor
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    • "Muscle fibers thus have at least two categories of MT nucleation sites, nuclei and Golgi elements. We do not know whether there are any biochemical or functional differences between MTs nucleated from these distinct sites, but one can hypothesize that perinuclear MTs are involved in the positioning of nuclei (Elhanany-Tamir et al., 2012; Metzger et al., 2012; Wilson and Holzbaur, 2012), whereas Golgi-nucleated MTs "
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