In budding yeast meiosis, homologous chromosomes become linked by chiasmata and then move back and forth on the spindle until they are bioriented, with the kinetochores of the partners attached to microtubules from opposite spindle poles. Certain mutations in the conserved kinase, Mps1, result in catastrophic meiotic segregation errors but mild mitotic defects. We tested whether Dam1, a known substrate of Mps1, was necessary for its critical meiotic role. We found that kinetochore-microtubule attachments are established even when Dam1 is not phosphorylated by Mps1, but that Mps1 phosphorylation of Dam1 sustains those connections. But the meiotic defects when Dam1 is not phosphorylated are not nearly as catastrophic as when Mps1 is inactivated. The results demonstrate that one meiotic role of Mps1 is to stabilize connections that have been established between kinetochores and microtubles by phosphorylating Dam1.
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