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Curr Biol. 2000 Sep 21;10(18):1131-4.

The SCF ubiquitin ligase protein slimb regulates centrosome duplication in Drosophila.

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Department of Biology, Virginia Tech University, Blacksburg, Virginia, 24061, USA.


The duplication of the centrosome is a key event in the cell-division cycle. Although defects in centrosome duplication are thought to contribute to genomic instability [1-3] and are a hallmark of certain transformed cells and human cancer [4-6], the mechanism responsible for centrosome duplication is not understood. Recent experiments have established that centrosome duplication requires the activity of cyclin-dependent kinase 2 (Cdk2) and cyclins E and A [7-9]. The stability of cyclin E is regulated by the ubiquitin ligase SCF, which is a protein complex composed of Skp1, Cdc53 (Cullin) and F-box proteins [10-12]. The Skp1 and Cullin components have been detected on mammalian centrosomes, and shown to be essential for centrosome duplication and separation in Xenopus [13]. Here, we report that Slimb, an F-box protein that targets proteins to the SCFcomplex [14,15], plays a role in limiting centrosome replication. We found that, in the fruit fly Drosophila, the hypomorphic mutation slimb(crd) causes the appearance of additional centrosomes and mitotic defects in mutant larval neuroblasts.

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