A transient pool of nuclear F-actin at mitotic exit controls chromatin organization

Christian Baarlink, Matthias Plessner, Alice Sherrard, Kohtaro Morita, Shinji Misu, David Virant, Eva-Maria Kleinschnitz, Robert Harniman, Dominic Alibhai, Stefan Baumeister, Kei Miyamoto, Ulrike Endesfelder, Abderrahmane Kaidi, Robert Robert Grosse

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Reestablishment of nuclear structure and chromatin organization after cell division is integral for genome regulation or development and is frequently altered during cancer progression. The mechanisms underlying chromatin expansion in daughter cells remain largely unclear. Here, we describe the transient formation of nuclear actin filaments (F-actin) during mitotic exit. These nuclear F-actin structures assemble in daughter cell nuclei and undergo dynamic reorganization to promote nuclear protrusions and volume expansion throughout early G1 of the cell cycle. Specific inhibition of this nuclear F-actin assembly impaired nuclear expansion and chromatin decondensation after mitosis and during early mouse embryonic development. Biochemical screening for mitotic nuclear F-actin interactors identified the actin-disassembling factor Cofilin-1. Optogenetic regulation of Cofilin-1 revealed its critical role for controlling timing, turnover and dynamics of F-actin assembly inside daughter cell nuclei. Our findings identify a cell cycle-specific and spatiotemporally controlled form of nuclear F-actin that reorganizes the mammalian nucleus after mitosis.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1389-1399
Number of pages11
JournalNature Cell Biology
Issue number12
Early online date13 Nov 2017
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2017


  • Chromatin
  • Mitosis
  • F-actin
  • FLIM
  • Nucleus
  • Histones


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