Lamin B1 maintains the functional plasticity of nucleoli

Catherine Martin, Songbi Chen, Apolinar Maya-Mendoza, Josip Lovric, Paul F G Sims, Dean A. Jackson

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    The dynamic ability of genomes to interact with discrete nuclear compartments appears to be essential for chromatin function. However, the extent to which structural nuclear proteins contribute to this level of organization is largely unresolved. To test the links between structure and function, we evaluated how nuclear lamins contribute to the organization of a major functional compartment, the nucleolus. HeLa cells with compromised expression of the genes encoding lamins were analyzed using high-resolution imaging and pull-down assays. When lamin B1 expression was depleted, inhibition of RNA synthesis correlated with complex structural changes within the nucleolar active centers until, eventually, the nucleoli were dispersed completely. With normal lamin expression, the nucleoli were highly plastic, with dramatic and freely reversible structural changes correlating with the demand for ribosome biogenesis. Preservation of the nucleolar compartment throughout these structural transitions is shown to be linked to lamin B1 expression, with the lamin B1 protein interacting with the major nucleolar protein nucleophosmin/B23.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)1551-1562
    Number of pages11
    JournalJournal of Cell Science
    Issue number10
    Publication statusPublished - 15 May 2009


    • Fibrillarin
    • Nuclear compartments
    • Nuclear lamins
    • Nuclear organization
    • Nucleoli
    • Nucleophosmin/B23
    • Nucleoskeleton


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