Drosophila Orc6 facilitates GTPase activity and filament formation of the septin complex

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  • The origin recognition complex or ORC is a six-subunit protein important for DNA replication and other cell functions. Orc6, the smallest subunit of ORC, is essential for both replication and cytokinesis in Drosophila, and interacts with the septin protein Pnut, which is part of the Drosophila septin complex. In this study, we describe the analysis of the interaction of Orc6 with Pnut and whole Drosophila septin complex. Septin complex was purified from Drosophila embryos and also reconstituted from recombinant proteins. The interaction of Orc6 with the septin complex is dependent on the coiled-coil domain of Pnut. Furthermore, the binding of Orc6 to Pnut increases the intrinsic GTPase activity of the Drosophila septin complex, whereas in the absence of GTP it enhances septin complex filament formation. These results suggest an active role for Orc6 in septin complex function. Orc6 might be a part of a control mechanism directing the cytokinesis machinery during the final steps of mitosis. © 2008 by The American Society for Cell Biology.
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  • Huijbregts RPH; Svitin A; Stinnett MW; Renfrow MB; Chesnokov I
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  • 270
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  • 20
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