Cells take a break when they are TIARed

EMBO Rep. 2019 Jan;20(1):e47403. doi: 10.15252/embr.201847403. Epub 2018 Dec 11.


Cell cycle progression relies on controlled transition from one phase of the cell cycle to the next, and sensing whether or not a certain cell cycle phase has been completed before the next phase is allowed to start is crucial for genome integrity and cell survival. In this issue of EMBO Reports, Lafarga et al 1 report an original mechanism for spatio‐temporal control of CDK1 activity, which depends on a nuclear function of the RNA‐binding protein TIAR. The role of TIAR to restrain mitotic onset is linked to a newly discovered membraneless compartment, termed G2/M transition granule (GMG), which transiently sequesters CyclinB‐CDK1 in response to replication stress to curb CDK1 kinase activity and thereby tune G2 duration and mitotic commitment.

Publication types

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

MeSH terms

  • CDC2 Protein Kinase*
  • Cell Nucleus*
  • DNA Replication
  • Time Factors


  • CDC2 Protein Kinase