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Cancer Lett. 2009 Mar 8;275(1):77-85. doi: 10.1016/j.canlet.2008.10.011. Epub 2008 Nov 22.

Aurora-A interacts with Cyclin B1 and enhances its stability.

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  • 1State Key Laboratory of Molecular Oncology, Cancer Institute, Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences and Peking Union Medical College, Beijing 100021, China.


The mitotic regulator Aurora-A is an oncogenic protein that is over-expressed in many types of human tumors. However, the underlying mechanism through which Aurora-A promotes tumorigenesis remains unclear. Here, we show that overexpression of Aurora-A causes an elevation of Cyclin B1 expression. Cyclin B1 degradation is delayed in Aurora-A over-expressing cells, which depends on Aurora-A kinase activity. In contrast, Aurora-A RNAi enhances Cyclin B1 degradation. Furthermore, we found that Aurora-A interacts with Cyclin B1, and that Aurora-A overexpression reduces the interaction of Cyclin B1 with APC subunits. In human esophageal squamous cell carcinomas (ESCC), overexpression of Aurora-A was correlated with deregulated expression of Cyclin B1. Taken together, these findings suggest that overexpression of Aurora-A may stabilize Cyclin B1 through inhibiting its degradation. These results provide new insight into the mechanism of how deregulated Aurora-A contributes to genomic instability and carcinogenesis.

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