Chromosome morphogenesis: condensin-dependent cohesin removal during meiosis

Cell. 2005 Nov 4;123(3):397-407. doi: 10.1016/j.cell.2005.09.014.


During meiosis, segregation of homologous chromosomes necessitates the coordination of sister chromatid cohesion, chromosome condensation, and recombination. Cohesion and condensation require the SMC complexes, cohesin and condensin, respectively. Here we use budding yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae to show that condensin and Cdc5, a Polo-like kinase, facilitate the removal of cohesin from chromosomes prior to the onset of anaphase I when homologs segregate. This cohesin removal is critical for homolog segregation because it helps dissolve the recombination-dependent links between homologs that form during prophase I. Condensin enhances the association of Cdc5 with chromosomes and its phosphorylation of cohesin, which in turn likely stimulates cohesin removal. Condensin/Cdc5-dependent removal of cohesin underscores the potential importance of crosstalk between chromosome structural components in chromosome morphogenesis and provides a mechanism to couple chromosome morphogenesis with other meiotic events.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adenosine Triphosphatases / genetics
  • Adenosine Triphosphatases / metabolism*
  • Anaphase
  • Cell Cycle Proteins / genetics
  • Cell Cycle Proteins / metabolism*
  • Chromosomal Proteins, Non-Histone / metabolism
  • Chromosome Segregation
  • Chromosomes, Fungal / physiology*
  • DNA-Binding Proteins / genetics
  • DNA-Binding Proteins / metabolism*
  • Enzyme Activation
  • Fungal Proteins / genetics
  • Fungal Proteins / metabolism*
  • Meiosis*
  • Multiprotein Complexes / genetics
  • Multiprotein Complexes / metabolism*
  • Mutation
  • Nuclear Proteins / genetics
  • Nuclear Proteins / metabolism*
  • Phosphorylation
  • Protein Kinases / metabolism
  • Protein-Serine-Threonine Kinases
  • Saccharomyces cerevisiae / genetics
  • Saccharomyces cerevisiae / physiology*
  • Saccharomyces cerevisiae Proteins / metabolism
  • Sister Chromatid Exchange


  • Cell Cycle Proteins
  • Chromosomal Proteins, Non-Histone
  • DNA-Binding Proteins
  • Fungal Proteins
  • Multiprotein Complexes
  • Nuclear Proteins
  • REC8 protein, S cerevisiae
  • Saccharomyces cerevisiae Proteins
  • cohesins
  • condensin complexes
  • Protein Kinases
  • Protein-Serine-Threonine Kinases
  • CDC5 protein, S cerevisiae
  • Adenosine Triphosphatases