The microtubule depolymerase mitotic centromere-associated kinesin (MCAK) is a key regulator of mitotic spindle assembly and dynamics. However, the regulatory mechanisms underlying its depolymerase activity during the cell cycle remain elusive. Here, we showed that PLK1 is a novel regulator of MCAK in mammalian cells. MCAK interacts with PLK1 in vitro and in vivo. The neck and motor domain of MCAK associates with the kinase domain of PLK1. MCAK is a novel substrate of PLK1, and the phosphorylation stimulates its microtubule depolymerization activity of MCAK in vivo. Overexpression of a polo-like kinase 1 phosphomimetic mutant MCAK causes a dramatic increase
in misaligned chromosomes and in multipolar spindles in mitotic cells, whereas overexpression of a nonphosphorylatable MCAK mutant results in aberrant anaphase with sister chromatid bridges, suggesting that precise regulation
of the MCAK activity BLZ945 in vivo by PLK1 phosphorylation is critical for proper microtubule dynamics and essential for the faithful chromosome segregation. We reasoned that dynamic regulation of MCAK phosphorylation by PLK1 is required to orchestrate faithful cell division, whereas the high levels of PLK1 and MCAK activities seen in cancer Navitoclax mouse cells may account for a mechanism underlying the pathogenesis of genomic instability.”
“The purpose of this study is to consider the effect of polydispersity in triblock copolymer on its order-to-disorder phase transition and morphology, by supplementing continuous description of polymer indices carried out using random phase approximation by a discrete sampling of the polydispersity performed at the mesoscale level. Both methods confirm that the increase in polydispersity involves a greater stability of the ordered state, in agreement with published data on the effect of polydispersity on diblock copolymers. The morphology simulations reveal that longer blocks are phase segregated and shorter blocks are more or less uniformly distributed Silmitasertib concentration throughout the polymer. It is proposed that avoiding very short polymer chains will increase the degree of phase segregation, thus improve the mechanical and conductive properties
of proton exchange membrane more efficiently.”
“We demonstrate 260 GHz (lambda = 1.15 mm) near field imaging using a conical Teflon probe whose tip protrudes through an aperture in a tapered aluminum holder. The imaging system is based on a quasioptical millimeter wave vector network analyzer. We present a variety of different imaging examples of dielectrics and metals, in both reflection and transmission modes, as well as an analysis of interesting diffraction and scattering effects observed in some of the images. The probe has an approximate tip diameter of 0.17 mm and an aperture size of about 1 mm. We observe horizontal resolution ranging from 0.2-0.5 mm depending on the sample being imaged. (C) 2009 American Institute of Physics. [DOI: 10.1063/1.