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Our publications

    Gu, Y. and S. Oliferenko. 2020. The principles of cellular geometry scaling. Current Opinion in Cell Biology. 68:20-27.
    doi: 10.1016/

    Mori, R. and S. Oliferenko. 2020. An open Solution for closed mitosis. Current Biology. 30: R942-R944.
    doi: 10.1016/j.cub.2020.06.067

    Pieper, G., Sprenger, S., Teis, D. and S. Oliferenko. 2020. ESCRT-III/Vps4 controls heterochromatin-nuclear envelope attachments.                 Developmental Cell. 53: 27-41. doi: 1016/j. devcel.2020.01.028

     For this work, Gerard has received a 2019-2020 Tadion Rideal Prize for Molecular Science!

Originally posted on bioRxiv. doi:

    **A wonderful collaboration with Simon Sprenger and David Teis (who, incidentally, was
       Snezhka's bench mate in grad school!)

        See a Preview on this paper by Matias Capella and Sigurd Braun. 2020. ESCRTing Heterochromatin Out of the Nuclear Periphery.                 Developmental Cell. 53: 3-5.

Makarova, M., Peter, M., Balogh, G., Glatz, A., MacRae, J., Lopez Mora, N., Booth, D., Makeyev, E., Vigh, L. and S. Oliferenko. 2020. Delineating the rules for structural adaptation of membrane-associated proteins to evolutionary changes in membrane lipidome. Current Biology. 30: 367-380.  doi: 10.1016/j.cub.2019.11.043

Originally posted on bioRxiv. doi:

    **Featuring Masha and our awesome collaborators. A big shout out to our lipidomics gurus Mara Peter and Gabor Balogh!
        Featured in preLights

        See Dispatch on this paper by Takeshi Harayama. 2020. Membrane biology: transmembrane helices need to fit the surrounding fat.                 Current Biology. 30: R122-124.

Gu, Y. and S. Oliferenko. 2019. Cellular geometry scaling ensures robust division site positioning. Nature Communications. 10:268.

**A beautiful piece of work from Ying Gu. Here is a short summary on what's important for reproductive success!

Oliferenko, S. 2018. Understanding eukaryotic chromosome segregation from a comparative biology perspective. J. Cell Science. DOI: 10.1242/jcs.203653.

**A (pretty long) labor of love from Snezhka.

Chew, TG, Huang, J., Sommese, R., Kamnev, A., Hatano, T., Gu, Y., Oliferenko, S., Sivaramakrishnan, S. and M. Balasubramanian. 2017. Actin turnover maintains actin filament homeostasis during cytokinetic ring contraction. J. Cell Biology. DOI: 10.1083/jcb.201701104.

Russell, JJ, Theriot, JA, Sood, P., Marshall, WF, Landweber, LF, Fritz-Laylin, L., Polka, J., Oliferenko, S. Gerbich, T., Gladfelter, A., Umen, J., Bezanilla, M., Lancaster, MA, He, S., Gibson, MC, Goldstein, B., Tanaka, EM, Hu, CK and A. Brunet. 2017. Forum on Non-Model Model Organisms. BMC Biology. 15:55. DOI: 10.1186/s12915-017-0391-5.

**See our contribution to the Forum in S. Oliferenko. 'The awesome power of comparative fission yeast genetics'.

Huang, J., Chew, TG, Gu, Y., Palani, S., Kamnev, A., Carter, N., Cross, RA, S. Oliferenko and M. Balasubramanian. 2016. Curvature-induced expulsion of actomyosin bundles during cytokinetic ring contraction. eLife. 10.7554: eLife.21383

Makarova, M., Gu, Y., Chen, J-S., Beckley, J., Gould, K. and S. Oliferenko. 2016. Temporal regulation of Lipin activity diverged to account for differences in mitotic programs. Current Biology. 26: 237-243.

**See Dispatch on this paper by Prasad, R. and Y. Barral. 2016. Posttranslational Regulation: A Way to Evolve. Current Biology. 26: R102-124.

Gu, Y. and S. Oliferenko. 2015. Comparative biology of cell division in the fission yeast clade. Current Opinion in Microbiology. 28:18-25.

Gu, Y., Yam, C. and S. Oliferenko. 2015. Rewiring of cellular division site selection in evolution of fission yeasts. Current Biology. 25:1187-1194.

**See Dispatch on this paper by Moseley, J. 2015. Cytokinesis: Does Mid1 have an Identity Crisis? Current Biology. 25: R362-383.

He, Y., Yam, C., Pomraning, K., Chin, J., Yew, J., Freitag, M. and S. Oliferenko. 2014. Increase in cellular triacylglycerol content and emergence of unusual ER-bound lipid droplets in the absence of CDP-DG synthase function. Molecular Biology of the Cell. 25:4083-4095.


Zhang, D. and S. Oliferenko. 2014. Tts1, the fission yeast homolog of TMEM33 family, functions in NE remodeling during mitosis. Molecular Biology of the Cell. 25: 2970-2983.


Yam, C., Gu, Y. and S. Oliferenko. 2013. Partitioning and remodeling of the Schizosaccharomyces japonicus mitotic nucleus require chromosome tethers. Current Biology. 23:2303-2310.

**See Dispatch on this paper by Cohen-Fix,  O. 2013. Nuclear Division: Giving Daughters Their Fair Share. Current Biology. 23: R1045-1047.

Vjestica, A., Zhang, D. and S. Oliferenko. 2013. Hsp70-Hsp40 chaperone complex functions in controlling polarized growth by repressing Hsf1-driven heat stress associated transcription. PLoS Genetics. 9: e1003886. doi:10.1371/journal.pgen.1003886


Zhang, D. and S. Oliferenko. 2013. Remodeling the nuclear membrane during closed mitosis. Current Opinions in Cell Biology. 25:142-148.


Zhang, D., Vjestica, A. and S. Oliferenko. 2012. Plasma membrane tethering of the cortical ER necessitates its finely reticulated architecture. Current Biology. 22:2048-2052.


Vjestica, A. and S. Oliferenko. 2012. Nuclear geometry: Mitotic nucleus flares out when arrested. Current Biology. 22:R489-491.


Gu, Y., Yam, C. and S. Oliferenko. 2012. Divergence of mitotic strategies in fission yeasts. Nucleus. 3(3):1-6.


Yam, C., He, Y., Zhang, D., Chiam, K. and S. Oliferenko. 2011. Divergent strategies for controlling the nuclear membrane satisfy geometric constraints during nuclear division. Current Biology. 21:1314-1319.


Thadani, R., Huang, D. and S. Oliferenko. 2011. Robust polarity specification operates above a threshold of microtubule dynamicity. Cytoskeleton. 68:290-299.


Castagnetti, S., Oliferenko, S. and P. Nurse. 2010. Fission yeast cells undergo nuclear division in the absence of spindle microtubules. PLoS Biology 8(10): e1000512. doi:10.1371/journal.pbio.1000512.


Zhang, D., Vjestica, A. and S. Oliferenko. 2010. The cortical ER network limits the permissive zone for actomyosin ring assembly. Current Biology. 20:1029-1034.

**See Dispatch on this paper by McCollum,  D. 2010. Cytokinesis: ER Keeps Mid1 in the Middle. Current Biology. 20: R484-486.


Thadani, R., Ling, Y. C. and S. Oliferenko. 2009. The fission yeast TACC protein Mia1p stabilizes microtubule arrays by length-independent crosslinking. Current Biology. 19:1861-1868.


Ling, Y. C., Vjestica, A. and S. Oliferenko. 2009. Nucleocytoplasmic shuttling of the TACC protein Mia1p/Alp7p is required for remodeling of microtubule arrays during the cell cycle. PLoS ONE. 4:e6255.


Oliferenko, S., Chew, T. G. and M. Balasubramanian. 2009. Positioning cytokinesis. Genes and Development. 23:660-674.


Mishra, M. and S. Oliferenko. 2008. Cytokinesis: Catch and drag. Current Biology. 18:R247-250.


Vjestica, A., Tang, X.-Z. and S. Oliferenko. 2008. The actomyosin ring recruits early secretory compartments to the division site in fission yeast. Molecular Biology of the Cell. 19:1125-1138.


Zheng, L., Schwartz, C., Magidson, V., Khodjakov, A. and S. Oliferenko. 2007. The spindle pole bodies facilitate nuclear envelope division during closed mitosis in fission yeast. PLoS Biology 5(7): e170 doi:10.1371/journal.pbio.0050170


Huang, Y., Tran, P., Oliferenko, S. and M. Balasubramanian. 2007. Assembly of microtubules and actomyosin rings in the absence of nuclei and spindle pole bodies revealed by a novel genetic method. PLoS ONE. 2:e618.


Zheng, L., Schwartz, C., Wee, L-M., and S. Oliferenko. 2006. The fission yeast TACC-related protein, Mia1p/Alp7p, is required for formation and maintenance of persistent microtubule-organizing centers at the nuclear envelope. Molecular Biology of the Cell. 17:2212-2222.


Rajagopalan, S., A. Bimbo, M. Balasubramanian and S. Oliferenko. 2004. A potential tension sensing mechanism that ensures timely anaphase onset upon metaphase spindle orientation. Current Biology. 14: 69-74.


Wang H, Oliferenko S, and Balasubramanian MK. 2003. Cytokinesis: relative alignment of the cell division apparatus and the mitotic spindle. Curr Opin Cell Biol. 15:82-87.


Oliferenko S. and M. Balasubramanian. 2002. Astral microtubules monitor metaphase spindle alignment in fission yeast. Nature Cell Biology, 4: 816-820.


Liu J., Tang X., Wang H. Y., Oliferenko S. and M. Balasubramanian. 2002. The localization of the integral membrane protein Cps1p to the cell division site is dependent on the actomyosin ring and the septation-inducing network in Schizosaccharomyces pombe. Mol. Biol. Cell, 13: 989-1000.


Oliferenko S. and M. Balasubramanian. 2001. Cell cycle: the Flp side of Cdc14. Current Biology, 11:R872-874.


Schwärzler C., Oliferenko S. and U. Günthert. 2001. Variant isoforms of CD44 are required in early thymocyte development. Eur. J. Immunology, 31:2997-3005.


Oliferenko S., Kaverina I., J. V. Small and Huber L. A. 2000. Hyaluronic acid (HA) binding to CD44 activates Rac1 and induces lamellipodia outgrowth. J. Cell Biol. 148:1159-1164.


Oliferenko S., Paiha K., Harder T., Gerke V., Schwärzler C., Schwarz H., Beug H., Günthert U. and Huber L.A. 1999. Analysis of CD44-containing lipid rafts: recruitment of annexin II and stabilization by the actin cytoskeleton. J. Cell Biol. 146:843-854.


Legras S., Günthert U., Stauder R., Curt F., Oliferenko S., Kluin-Nelemans C., Marie J.P., Vernant J. P., Proctor S., Chomienne C., Pico J.L., Jasmin C. and Smadia-Joffe F.: 1998. A strong expression of CD44-6v is associated with poor prognosis in Acute Myeloid Leukemia. Blood. 91:3401-3413

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