ESCRT-III controls nuclear envelope reformation

Nature. 2015 Jun 11;522(7555):236-9. doi: 10.1038/nature14503. Epub 2015 Jun 3.


During telophase, the nuclear envelope (NE) reforms around daughter nuclei to ensure proper segregation of nuclear and cytoplasmic contents. NE reformation requires the coating of chromatin by membrane derived from the endoplasmic reticulum, and a subsequent annular fusion step to ensure that the formed envelope is sealed. How annular fusion is accomplished is unknown, but it is thought to involve the p97 AAA-ATPase complex and bears a topological equivalence to the membrane fusion event that occurs during the abscission phase of cytokinesis. Here we show that the endosomal sorting complex required for transport-III (ESCRT-III) machinery localizes to sites of annular fusion in the forming NE in human cells, and is necessary for proper post-mitotic nucleo-cytoplasmic compartmentalization. The ESCRT-III component charged multivesicular body protein 2A (CHMP2A) is directed to the forming NE through binding to CHMP4B, and provides an activity essential for NE reformation. Localization also requires the p97 complex member ubiquitin fusion and degradation 1 (UFD1). Our results describe a novel role for the ESCRT machinery in cell division and demonstrate a conservation of the machineries involved in topologically equivalent mitotic membrane remodelling events.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adaptor Proteins, Vesicular Transport
  • Cell Line
  • Chromatin / metabolism
  • Endosomal Sorting Complexes Required for Transport / deficiency
  • Endosomal Sorting Complexes Required for Transport / metabolism*
  • Humans
  • Intracellular Signaling Peptides and Proteins
  • Membrane Fusion
  • Mitosis
  • Nuclear Envelope / metabolism*
  • Protein Transport
  • Proteins / metabolism
  • Telophase


  • Adaptor Proteins, Vesicular Transport
  • CHMP2A protein, human
  • Chromatin
  • Endosomal Sorting Complexes Required for Transport
  • Intracellular Signaling Peptides and Proteins
  • Proteins
  • UFD1 protein, human