Aurora-B phosphorylation in vitro identifies a residue of Survivin that is essential for its localization and binding to INCENP in vivo

Wheatley, Sally P., Henzing, Alexander J., Dodson, Helen, Khaled, Walid and Earnshaw, William C. (2003) Aurora-B phosphorylation in vitro identifies a residue of Survivin that is essential for its localization and binding to INCENP in vivo. Journal of Biological Chemistry, 279 (7). pp. 5655-5660. ISSN 0021-9258

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Abstract

The chromosomal passengers aurora-B kinase, INCENP and survivin, are essential proteins that have been implicated in the regulation of metaphase chromosome alignment, spindle checkpoint function and cytokinesis. All three share a common pattern of localization and it was recently demonstrated that aurora-B, INCENP and survivin are present in a complex in Xenopus eggs and S.cerevisiae. The presence of aurora-B kinase in the complex, and its ability to bind the other components directly, suggests that INCENP and survivin could potentially be aurora-B substrates. This hypothesis was recently proven for INCENP in vitro. Here we report that human survivin is specifically phosphorylated in vitro by aurora-B kinase at threonine117 in its carboxyl alpha-helical coil. Mutation of threonine117 to alanine prevents survivin phosphorylation by aurora-B in vitro, but does not alter its localization in HeLa cells. By contrast, a phospho-mimic, in which threonine117 was mutated to glutamic acid, was unable to localize correctly at any stage in mitosis. These data suggest that phosphorylation of survivin at threonine117 by aurora-B may regulate targeting of survivin, and possibly the entire passenger complex, in mammals.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: GDSC76
Depositing User: Gee Wheatley
Date Deposited: 20 Mar 2007
Last Modified: 30 Nov 2012 16:51
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/996
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