A short linear motif in scaffold Nup145C connects Y-complex with pre-assembled outer ring Nup82 complex
Authors: Teimer R, Kosinski J, von Appen A, Beck M, Hurt E
CellNetworks People: Beck Martin, Hurt Ed
Journal: Nat Commun. 2017 Oct 24;8(1):1107. doi: 10.1038/s41467-017-01160-9.

Nucleocytoplasmic transport occurs through nuclear pore complexes (NPCs), which are formed from multiple copies of ~30 different nucleoporins (Nups) and inserted into the double nuclear membrane. Many of these Nups are organized into subcomplexes, of which the Y-shaped Nup84 complex is the major constituent of the nuclear and cytoplasmic rings. The Nup82-Nup159-Nsp1 complex is another module that, however, is only assembled into the cytoplasmic ring. By means of crosslinking mass spectrometry, biochemical reconstitution, and molecular modeling, we identified a short linear motif in the unstructured N-terminal region of Chaetomium thermophilum Nup145C, a subunit of the Y-complex, that is sufficient to recruit the Nup82 complex, but only in its assembled state. This finding points to a more general mechanism that short linear motifs in structural Nups can act as sensors to cooperatively connect pre-assembled NPC modules, thereby facilitating the formation and regulation of the higher-order NPC assembly.