The Pintard lab rencently published in Science Advances:
Abstract: The nuclear envelope, which protects and organizes the genome, is dismantled during mitosis. In the Caenorhabditis elegans zygote, nuclear envelope breakdown (NEBD) of the parental pronuclei is spatially and temporally regulated during mitosis to promote the unification of the maternal and paternal genomes. Nuclear pore complex (NPC) disassembly is a decisive step of NEBD, essential for nuclear permeabilization. By combining live imaging, biochemistry, and phosphoproteomics, we show that NPC disassembly is a stepwise process that involves Polo-like kinase 1 (PLK-1)–dependent and –independent steps. PLK-1 targets multiple NPC subcomplexes, including the cytoplasmic filaments, central channel, and inner ring. PLK-1 is recruited to and phosphorylates intrinsically disordered regions (IDRs) of several multivalent linker nucleoporins. Notably, although the phosphosites are not conserved between human and C. elegans nucleoporins, they are located in IDRs in both species. Our results suggest that targeting IDRs of multivalent linker nucleoporins is an evolutionarily conserved driver of NPC disassembly during mitosis.