Adam Rudner


Adam Rudner
Associate Professor, Department of Biochemistry, Microbiology and Immunology

Work: (613) 562-5800 ext. 8737

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Work in the Rudner lab is focused on understanding fundamental problems of chromosome dynamics. Defects in chromosome structure and segregation can lead to chromosome loss and damage, both critical events in the development of cancer and chromosomal disorders. We use the budding yeast, Saccharomyces cerevisae, as a model for understanding the assembly and regulation of chromosomes. Budding yeast is an excellent model system because most cell biology is well conserved between yeast and humans, and yeast provides a facile genetic system in which hypotheses can be rapidly and rigorously tested.

The Rudner lab accepts students from graduate programs in Biochemistry.

Research Program

Our work studying chromosome segregation is focused on understanding how cells know when to initiate anaphase. At anaphase onset, replicated sister chromatids segregate into two daughter cells. Errors in this highly orchestrated event can cause loss, gain and damage to chromosomes. Changes in chromosome content (also called aneuploidy) are very problematic for cells and are found in almost all cancers. Anaphase onset requires the activity of Cdk1 (Cyclin-dependent kinase) a highly conserved protein kinase, and our work has focused on how upstream regulators of Cdk1 regulate anaphase initiation, elucidating the critical targets of Cdk1 that trigger anaphase and understanding how protein phosphatase 2A (PP2A) counteracts Cdk1 activity. Understanding the fundamental mechanisms of how cells trigger anaphase will help lead to therapeutics that improve the fidelity of chromosome segregation as well as new anti-mitotic chemotherapeutics.

We are also interested in understanding how particular chromosomal domains assemble, specifically heterochromatin. Heterochromatin, or silent chromatin, which constitutes up to half of the vertebrate genome, is remarkably dynamic: it is epigenetically inherited and its boundaries and locations change as cells divide and differentiate. Budding yeast heterochromatin is assembled from the the Sir2, Sir3 and Sir4 proteins bound to nucleosomal DNA. We have been focused on understanding how heterochromatin is regulated during the cell cycle, distinguishing the role of the Sir proteins in nucleation and spreading of heterochromatin, determining the structural basis of heterochromatin spreading and understanding what aspects of Sir-dependent silencing is conserved in vertebrates.

A new project in the laboratory is the result of a fruitful collaboration between our lab and Pranesh Chakraborty and Martin Holcik, researchers at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO). They have recently identified a cohort of children with SIFD (sideroblastic anemia with B cell immunodeficiency, periodic fevers and developmental delay), a new congenital disorder that resembles other inherited mitochondrial diseases. Whole exome sequencing of these patients has shown that a highly conserved translation factor is mutated in these patients. We are currently using yeast to examine why mutations in this gene cause disease.

Selected Publications

Bentley-DeSousa, A., Holinier, C., Moteshareie, H., Tseng, Y-C., Kajjo, S., Nwosu, C., Amodeo, G.F., Bondy-Chorney. E., Sai, Y., Rudner, A., Golshani, A., Davey, N. and Downey. M.. 2018.  A screen for candidate targets of lysine polyphosphorylation uncovers new links to ribosome biogenesisCell Reports, 22 (13). PMID 29590613

Lianga, N., Doré, C., Kennedy, E.K., Yeh, E., Williams, E.C., Fortinez, C.M., Wang, A., Bloom, K.S., Rudner, A.D. 2018. Cdk1 phosphorylation of Esp1/Separase functions with PP2A and Slk19 to regulate pericentric Cohesin and anaphase onsetPLoS Genetics, 14 (3). PMID 29561844

Samel, A., Rudner A.D., Ehrenhofer-Murray, A.E. 2017. Variants of the Sir4 Coiled-Coil Domain Improve Binding to Sir3 for Heterochromatin Formation in Saccharomyces cerevisiaeG3, 7 (4). PMID 28188183

Albert, B., Knight, B., Merwin, J., Martin, V., Ottoz, D., Bruzzone, M.J., Rudner, A.D., Gerber, S.A., Gygi, S.P., Moazed, D., Shore, D. 2016. A molecular titration system coordinates ribosomal protein gene transcription with ribosomal RNA synthesisMolecular Cell, 64.

Roney, I., Rudner, A.D., Couture, J-F., Kaern, M. 2016 Improvement of the reverse tetracycline transactivator by single amino acid substitutions that reduce leaky target gene expression to undetectable levels.  Scientific Reports, 6

Kennedy, E.K., Dysart, M., Lianga, N., Williams, E.C., Pilon, S., Doré, C., Deneault, J-S., Rudner, A.D. 2016. Redundant regulation of Cdk1 tyrosine dephosphorylation in Saccharomyces cerevisaeGenetics, 202 (3). PMID 26715668.

Larin, M., Harding, K., Williams, E.C, Lianga, N., Doré, C., Pilon, S., Langis, E.,Yanofsky, C., Rudner, A.D. 2015. Competition between heterochromatic loci and the abundance of Sir4 regulates de novo assembly of silent chromatinPLoS Genetics, 11 (11)PMID 26587833.

Szeto, S., Williams, E.C., Rudner, A.D., Lee, J.M. 2015. Phosphorylation of filamin A by Cdk1 regulates filamin A localization and daughter cell separationExperimental cell research, 330, 248-66 (CN=2). PMID 25445790.

Chakraborty, P., Kyriacos, M., Kennedy, E.K., Durie, D., Mamady, M., Nass, T., (21 other authors), Rudner, A.D., Holcik, M., Fleming, M.  2014. Mutations in TRNT1 cause congenital sideroblastic anemia with immunodeficiency, fevers and developmental delay (SFID)Blood124, 2867-71PMID 25193871

Delgoshaie, N., Tang, X., Kanshin, E.D., Williams, E.C., Rudner, A.D., Thibault, P., Tyers, M., Verreault, A. 2014. Regulation of the Saccharomyces cerevisiae histone deacetylase Hst3 by Cdk1 and SCFCdc4Journal of biological chemistry, 289, 13186-13196. PMID 24648511

Delgoshaie N, Tang X, Kanshin ED, Williams EC, Rudner AD, Thibault P, Tyers M, Verreault A. Regulation of the Histone Deacetylase Hst3 by Cyclin-dependent Kinases and the Ubiquitin Ligase SCFCdc4. J Biol Chem. 2014 May 9;289(19):13186-96. doi: 10.1074/jbc.M113.523530. Epub 2014 Mar 19.

Lianga N, Williams EC, Kennedy EK, Doré C, Pilon S, Girard SL, Deneault JS, Rudner AD. A Wee1 checkpoint inhibits anaphase onset. J Cell Biol. 2013 Jun 10;201(6):843-62. doi: 10.1083/jcb.201212038.

Lambert JP, Mitchell L, Rudner A, Baetz K, Figeys D. A novel proteomics approach for the discovery of chromatin-associated protein networks. Mol Cell Proteomics. 2009 Apr;8(4):870-82. doi: 10.1074/mcp.M800447-MCP200. Epub 2008 Dec 22.

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