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Dev Biol. 2006 Feb 15;290(2):398-410. Epub 2006 Jan 4.

Dynamic localization and functional implications of Aurora-C kinase during male mouse meiosis.

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Institute of Biomedical Sciences, Academia Sinica, 128 Yen-Chiu-Yuan Rd., Sec. 2, Taipei 11529, Taiwan.


Aurora-C was first identified during screening for kinases expressed in mouse sperm and eggs. Herein, we report for the first time the precise subcellular localization of endogenous Aurora-C during male meiotic division. The localization of Aurora-C was analyzed by immunofluorescence staining on chromosome spreads of mouse spermatocytes or in squashed seminiferous tubules. Aurora-C was first detected at clusters of chromocenters in diplotene spermatocytes and was concentrated at centromeres in metaphase I and II. Interestingly, Aurora-C was also found along the chromosome axes, including both the regions of centromeres and the chromosome arms in diakinesis. During the anaphase I/telophase I and anaphase II/telophase II transitions, Aurora-C was relocalized to the spindle midzone and midbody. A similar distribution pattern was also observed for Aurora-B during male meiotic divisions. Surprisingly, we detected no Aurora-C in mitotic spermatogonia. Furthermore, immunoprecipitation analyses revealed that INCENP associated with Aurora-C in the male testis. We propose that INCENP recruits Aurora-C (or some other factor(s) recruit INCENP and Aurora-C) to meiotic chromosomes, while Aurora-C may either work alone or cooperate with Aurora-B to regulate chromosome segregation during male meiosis.

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