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Yen-Ling Lin, Chin-Lin Chung, Ming-Hui Chen, Chun-Han Chen, Su-Chiung Fang* (2020) SUMO protease SMT7 modulates ribosomal protein L30 to regulate cell-size checkpoint function. Plant Cell. 32(4): 1285-1307.


Proliferating cells actively coordinate growth and cell division to ensure cell-size homeostasis; however, the underlying mechanism through which size is controlled is poorly understood. Defect in a SUMO protease protein, suppressor of mat3 7 (SMT7), has been shown to reduce cell division number and increase cell size of the small-size mutant mating type locus 3-4 (mat3-4), which contains a defective retinoblastoma tumor suppressor-related protein of Chlamydomonas (Chlamydomonas reinhardtii). Here we describe development of an in vitro SUMOylation system using Chlamydomonas components and use it to provide evidence that SMT7 is a bona fide SUMO protease. We further demonstrate that the SUMO protease activity is required for supernumerous mitotic divisions of the mat3-4 cells. In addition, we identified RIBOSOMAL PROTEIN L30 (RPL30) as a prime SMT7 target and demonstrated that its SUMOylation is an important modulator of cell division in mat3-4 cells. Loss of SMT7 caused elevated SUMOylated RPL30 levels. Importantly, overexpression of the translational fusion version of RPL30-SUMO4, which mimics elevation of the SUMOylated RPL30 protein in mat3-4, caused a decrease in mitotic division and recapitulated the size-increasing phenotype of the smt7-1 mat3-4 cells. In summary, our study reveals a novel mechanism through which a SUMO protease regulates cell division in the mat3-4 mutant of Chlamydomonas and provides yet another important example of the role that protein SUMOylation can play in regulating key cellular processes, including cell division.

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*2020/10/19 11:00 AM
李文立博士 (行政院農業委員會農業試驗所 鳳山熱帶園藝試驗分所 分所長)
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*2020/11/09 11:00 AM
戴廷恩博士 (行政院農業委員會農業試驗所花卉研究中心 研究員兼主任)
蝴蝶蘭產業概況及研究規劃
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