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Mol Cell. 2005 Mar 4;17(5):721-32.

A role for PML3 in centrosome duplication and genome stability.

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Department of Molecular Pathology, Division of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, 1515 Holcombe Boulevard, Houston, Texas 77030, USA.


The promyelocytic leukemia gene (PML), which is disrupted by the chromosomal translocation t(15;17) in acute promyelocytic leukemia (APL), encodes a multifunctional protein involved in several important cellular functions. Herein, we demonstrate that PML is localized to centrosomes and that PML deficiency leads to centrosome amplification. By using PML isoform-specific antibodies, we found PML3-specific association with the centrosome and the pole of the mitotic spindle. PML3 deficiency leads to dysregulation of the centrosome duplication checkpoint. Furthermore, PML3 physically interacts with Aurora A and regulates its kinase activity. Specific knockdown of PML3 activates Cdk2/cyclin kinase activity. The results of this study implicate a direct role for PML3 in the control of centrosome duplication through suppression of Aurora A activation to prevent centrosome reduplication.

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