Phosphorylation and membrane dissociation of the ARF exchange factor GBF1 in mitosis

Yuichi Morohashi, Zita Balklava, Matthew Ball, Helen Hughes, Martin Lowe

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Secretory protein trafficking is arrested and the Golgi apparatus fragmented when mammalian cells enter mitosis. These changes are thought to facilitate cell cycle progression and Golgi inheritance, and are brought about through the actions of mitotically active protein kinases. To better understand how the Golgi apparatus undergoes mitotic fragmentation we have sought to identify novel Golgi targets for mitotic kinases. We report here the identification of the ARF exchange factor GBF1 as a Golgi phosphoprotein. GBF1 is phosphorylated by CDK1-cyclin B in mitosis, which results in its dissociation from Golgi membranes. Consistent with a reduced level of GBF1 activity at the Golgi membrane there is a reduction in levels of membrane-associated GTP-bound ARF in mitotic cells. Despite the reduced levels of membrane bound GBF1 and ARF, COPI binding to the Golgi membrane appears unaffected in mitotic cells. Surprisingly, this pool of COPI is dependent upon GBF1 for its recruitment to the membrane, suggesting a low level of GBF1 activity persists in mitosis. We propose that the phosphorylation and membrane dissociation of GBF1 and the consequent reduction in ARF-GTP levels in mitosis are important for changes in Golgi dynamics and possibly other mitotic events mediated through effectors other than the COPI vesicle coat.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)401–412
Number of pages2
JournalBiochemical Journal
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2010

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  • ADP-ribosylation factor
  • Golgi apparatus
  • Golgi-specific brefeldin A-resistant guanine nucleotide-exchange factor 1
  • mitosis
  • phosphorylation


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