Activation of the yeast Hippo pathway by phosphorylation-dependent assembly of signaling complexes

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  • Jeremy M. Rock
  • Daniel Lim
  • Lasse Stach
  • Roksana W. Ogrodowicz
  • Jamie M. Keck
  • Michele H. Jones
  • Catherine C.L. Wong
  • John R. Yates
  • Mark Winey
  • Michael B. Yaffe
  • Angelika Amon

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  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • MRC National Institute for Medical Research
  • University of Colorado at Boulder
  • Oregon Health & Science University
  • Scripps Research Institute


Scaffold-assisted signaling cascades guide cellular decision-making. In budding yeast, one such signal transduction pathway called the mitotic exit network (MEN) governs the transition from mitosis to the G1 phase of the cell cycle. The MEN is conserved and in metazoans is known as the Hippo tumor-suppressor pathway. We found that signaling through the MEN kinase cascade was mediated by an unusual two-step process. The MEN kinase Cdc15 first phosphorylated the scaffold Nud1. This created a phospho-docking site on Nud1, to which the effector kinase complex Dbf2-Mob1 bound through a phosphoserine-threonine binding domain, in order to be activated by Cdc15. This mechanism of pathway activation has implications for signal transmission through other kinase cascades and might represent a general principle in scaffold-assisted signaling.


Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)871-875
Number of pages5
Issue number6134
Publication statusPublished - 17 May 2013

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