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Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A 2010 Dec 07;10749:21022-7. doi: 10.1073/pnas.1014664107.
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Centrosomal protein of 192 kDa (Cep192) promotes centrosome-driven spindle assembly by engaging in organelle-specific Aurora A activation.

Joukov V , De Nicolo A , Rodriguez A , Walter JC , Livingston DM .

Centrosomes are primary microtubule (MT)-organizing centers (MTOCs). During mitosis, they dramatically increase their size and MT-nucleating activity and participate in spindle assembly from spindle poles. These events require the serine/threonine kinase, Aurora A (AurA), and the centrosomal protein of 192 kDa (Cep192)/spindle defective 2 (Spd-2), but the underlying mechanism remains unclear. We have found that Cep192, unlike targeting protein for Xklp2 (TPX2), a known MT-localizing AurA activator, is an AurA cofactor in centrosome-driven spindle assembly. Cep192, through a direct interaction, targets AurA to mitotic centrosomes where the locally accumulating AurA forms homodimers or oligomers. The dimerization of endogenous AurA, in the presence of bound Cep192, triggers potent kinase activation that, in turn, drives MT assembly. Depletion of Cep192 or specific interference with AurA-Cep192 binding did not prevent AurA oligomerization on MTs but abrogated AurA recruitment to centrosomes and its activation by either sperm nuclei or anti-AurA antibody (αAurA)-induced dimerization. In these settings, MT assembly by both centrosomes and αAurA-coated beads was also abolished or severely compromised. Hence, Cep192 activates AurA by a mechanism different from that previously described for TPX2. The Cep192-mediated mechanism maximizes AurA activity at centrosomes and appears essential for the function of these organelles as MTOCs.

PubMed ID: 21097701
PMC ID: PMC3000277
Article link: Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A
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Species referenced: Xenopus laevis
Genes referenced: aurka cep192 cfp isyna1 kif15 tpx2
Antibodies: Aurka Ab1 Aurka Ab2 Cep192 Ab1 Cep192 Ab2 H3f3a Ab9 Tuba4b Ab2 Tubg1 Ab4

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References [+] :
Barr, Aurora-A: the maker and breaker of spindle poles. 2007, Pubmed