Dr. Nick Quintyne

Nick Quintyne

Assistant Professor

Department of Biology
224 Science Center
The State University of New York at Fredonia
Fredonia, NY 14063


Phone: (716) 673-3821
Fax: (716) 673-3493






Postdoctoral FellowDepartment of Biology
University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA.
Postdoctoral Advisor: William Saunders  

Ph.D.Cell and Molecular Biology
The Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD.
Doctoral Thesis: Dynactin is required for multiple aspects of microtubule organization
Doctoral Advisor: Trina Schroer  

B.S. (Biology)
Dickinson College, Carlisle, PA. 

Courses Taught at Fredonia

Human Biology – BIOL 110
Genetics Laboratory – BIOL 238
Cell Biology – BIOL TBD
Cell Biology Laboratory – BIOL TBD
Cancer Biology – BIOL 450/550
Signal Transduction – BIOL 450/550 

Research Interests – Microtubule regulation in cancerous and noncancerous cells. 

The microtubule network is critical for a number of different functions in the cell, including organelle localization, vesicular trafficking and mitosis. Microtubules themselves must be organized for these tasks to be carried out. During interphase, microtubules are organized around a location known as the Microtubule Organizing Center (MTOC). After microtubules are nucleated at the MTOC, they are retained in position by the microtubule-anchoring complex, retaining them in a radial array. There have been several proteins identified as belonging to the anchoring complex, including the protein dynactin, the required cofactor for the microtubule motor protein dynein. Within dynactin there are two distinct microtubule-binding domains, each with different affinities for microtubules. We are trying to determine which domain is responsible for anchoring and which domain functions in other cellular tasks as well as understand how the cell regulates which domain is active. We are also interested in how microtubules and associated proteins function in spindle pole organization and regulation during cell division in cancer cells. Malfunction at this stage can lead to chromosomal defects, such as lagging chromosomes or multipolar spindles. This in turn can lead to genomic instability, which is a hallmark of tumor progression. We are examining how upregulation or downregulation of specific proteins contribute to these defects so that we can build a full picture of the mechanism by which they contribute to genomic instability. 


Quintyne, N. J. and M. M. Ivey. 2012. Discussion, Implementation, Presentation: A standalone course for high ability undergraduate students. Chemical Educator 17: 179-183

Yeh, T.-Y., N. J. Quintyne, B. R. Scipioni, D. M. Eckley and T. A. Schroer. 2012. Dynactin’s pointed end complex is a cargo-targeting module. Mol. Biol. Cell. 23: 3827-3837. Pubmed

Washington J. T. and N. J. Quintyne. 2012. Dichloroacetate induces differential rates of cell death in both tumor and nontumor cell lines. Tumori. 98: 142-151. Pubmed

Botta G., C. S. Turn, N. J. Quintyne and P. A. Kirchman. 2011. Increased iron supplied through Fet3p results in replicative life span extension of Saccharomyces cerevisiae under conditions requiring respiratory metabolism. Exp Gerontol. 46: 827-832. Pubmed

Culver-Hanlon, T. L., S. A. Lex, A. D. Stephens, N. J. Quintyne, and S. J. King. 2006. Dynactin has two distinct microtubule binding domains. Nat. Cell Bio. 8: 264-270. Pubmed

Quintyne, N. J., J. E. Reing, D. R. Hoffelder, S. M. Gollin and W. S. Saunders. 2005. Spindle Multipolarity is prevented by centrosomal clustering. Science. 307: 127-129. Pubmed

King, S. J., C. L. Brown, K. C. Maier, N. J. Quintyne and T. A. Schroer. 2003. Analysis of the dynein–dynactin interaction in vitro and in vivo. Mol. Biol. Cell. 14: 5089-5097. Pubmed

Quintyne N. J. and T. A. Schroer. 2002. Distinct cell cycle-dependent roles for dynactin and dynein at centrosomes. J. Cell Biol. 159: 245-254. Pubmed

Quintyne, N. J., S. R. Gill, D. M. Eckley, C. L. Crego, D. A. Compton and T. A. Schroer. 1999. Dynactin is required for microtubule anchoring at centrosomes. J. Cell Biol. 147: 321-334. Pubmed 

Recent Abstracts 

Rosa N. Beltran and Nicholas J. Quintyne. Knockdown of KIFC1 in Oral Cancer Cells Leads to Increased Mitotic Defects.American Society for Cell Biology, 2013.

Rachel E. Turn and Nicholas J. Quintyne. Live analysis of vesicular transport in CAD cells: determining the activity of plus- and minus-end directed motors. American Society for Cell Biology, 2012. 

Rosa N. Beltran, Joseph D. Williams and Nicholas J. Quintyne. Tracking mitotic defects in oral cancer cells using siRNA-mediated knockdown and live cell analysis. American Society for Cell Biology, 2012. 

Kristal M. Hazellief, Christina S. Turn and Nicholas J. Quintyne. Using siRNA to map the contribution of dynactin subunits in anchoring microtubules at the centrosome. American Society for Cell Biology, 2012. 

Ana C. Rodrigues and Nicholas J. Quintyne. Using the Oral Cancer Cell line UPCI:SCC078 to purify NuMA protein. American Society for Cell Biology, 2012. 

Jordan E. Hoke, Miguel E. Rivera, Alexa M. Billow, Laura Alsina and Nicholas J. Quintyne. Characterization of the kinesin KIF9 in mammalian cell cycle progression. American Society for Cell Biology, 2011. 

Ariel G. Le, Rebecca L. Schneider, Lindsay M. McCullough and Nicholas J. Quintyne. Microtubule anchoring is facilitated by the shoulder/sidearm subunits of the dynactin complex. American Society for Cell Biology, 2011. 

Isabel S. Griffin, Travis J. Yates and Nicholas J. Quintyne. Antioxidants rescue carcinogen induced mitotic defects in both chromosomally stable and unstable cells. American Society for Cell Biology, 2011. 

Lindsay M. McCullough and Nicholas J. Quintyne. Knockdown of dynactin’s p24 subunit leads to defects throughout the cell cycle. American Society for Cell Biology, 2010. 

Alexa M. Billow, Laura Alsina and Nicholas J. Quintyne. KIF9 knockdown in mammalian cells leads to multiple mitotic defects. American Society for Cell Biology, 2010.



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