2022 journal article
Imp2p forms actin-dependent clusters and imparts stiffness to the contractile ring
MOLECULAR BIOLOGY OF THE CELL, 33(14).
The contractile ring must anchor to the plasma membrane and cell wall to transmit its tension. F-BAR domain containing proteins including Imp2p and Cdc15p in fission yeast are likely candidate anchoring proteins based on their mutant phenotypes. Cdc15p is a node component, links the actin bundle to the plasma membrane, recruits Bgs1p to the division plane, prevents contractile ring sliding, and contributes to the stiffness of the contractile ring. Less is known about Imp2p. We found that similarly to Cdc15p, Imp2p contributes to the stiffness of the contractile ring and assembles into protein clusters. Imp2p clusters contain approximately eight Imp2p dimers and depend on the actin network for their stability at the division plane. Importantly, Imp2p and Cdc15p reciprocally affect the amount of each other in the contractile ring, indicating that the two proteins influence each other during cytokinesis, which may partially explain their similar phenotypes.