Rapid telomere movement in meiotic prophase is promoted by NDJ1, MPS3, and CSM4 and is modulated by recombination

Cell. 2008 Jun 27;133(7):1175-87. doi: 10.1016/j.cell.2008.04.047.


Haploidization of the genome in meiosis requires that chromosomes be sorted exclusively into pairs stabilized by synaptonemal complexes (SCs) and crossovers. This sorting and pairing is accompanied by active chromosome positioning in meiotic prophase in which telomeres cluster near the spindle pole to form the bouquet before dispersing around the nuclear envelope. We now describe telomere-led rapid prophase movements (RPMs) that frequently exceed 1 microm/s and persist throughout meiotic prophase. Bouquet formation and RPMs depend on NDJ1, MPS3, and a new member of this pathway, CSM4, which encodes a meiosis-specific nuclear envelope protein required specifically for telomere mobility. RPMs initiate independently of recombination but differ quantitatively in mutants that fail to complete recombination, suggesting that RPMs respond to recombination status. Together with recombination defects described for ndj1, our observations suggest that RPMs and SCs balance the disruption and stabilization of recombinational interactions, respectively, to regulate crossing over.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Biological Transport
  • Cell Cycle Proteins / genetics
  • Cell Cycle Proteins / metabolism*
  • Chromosome Pairing
  • Chromosome Segregation
  • Chromosomes, Fungal / metabolism*
  • Crossing Over, Genetic
  • Meiosis*
  • Membrane Proteins / genetics
  • Membrane Proteins / metabolism*
  • Mutation
  • Nuclear Proteins
  • Recombination, Genetic
  • Saccharomyces cerevisiae / cytology*
  • Saccharomyces cerevisiae / metabolism
  • Saccharomyces cerevisiae Proteins / genetics
  • Saccharomyces cerevisiae Proteins / metabolism*
  • Synaptonemal Complex
  • Telomere / metabolism*


  • CSM4 protein, S cerevisiae
  • Cell Cycle Proteins
  • Membrane Proteins
  • Mps3 protein, S cerevisiae
  • Ndj1 protein, S cerevisiae
  • Nuclear Proteins
  • Saccharomyces cerevisiae Proteins