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Nucleic Acids Res. 2002 Dec 15;30(24):5465-75.

The centrosomal kinase Aurora-A/STK15 interacts with a putative tumor suppressor NM23-H1.

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Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, Watson School of Biological Sciences, 1 Bungtown Road, Cold Spring Harbor, NY 11724, USA.


Alterations in the activity of the centrosomal kinase, Aurora-A/STK15, have been implicated in centrosome amplification, genome instability and cellular transformation. How STK15 participates in all of these processes remains largely mysterious. The activity of STK15 is regulated by phosphorylation and ubiquitin-mediated degradation, and physically interacts with protein phosphatase 1 (PP1) and CDC20. However, the precise roles of these modifications and interactions have yet to be fully appreciated. Here we show that STK15 associates with a putative tumor and metastasis suppressor, NM23-H1. STK15 and NM23 were initially found to interact in yeast in a two-hybrid assay. Association of these proteins in human cells was confirmed by co-immunoprecipitation from cell lysates and biochemical fractionation indicating that STK15 and NM23-H1 are present in a stable, physical complex. Notably, SKT15 and NM23 both localize to centrosomes throughout the cell cycle irrespective of the integrity of the microtubule network in normal human fibroblasts.

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