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The Xenopus laevis aurora-related protein kinase pEg2 associates with and phosphorylates the kinesin-related protein XlEg5.

Abstract : We have previously reported on the cloning of XlEg5, a Xenopus laevis kinesin-related protein from the bimC family (Le Guellec, R., Paris, J., Couturier, A., Roghi, C., and Philippe, M. (1991) Mol. Cell. Biol. 11, 3395-3408) as well as pEg2, an Aurora-related serine/threonine kinase (Roghi, C., Giet, R., Uzbekov, R., Morin, N., Chartrain, I., Le Guellec, R., Couturier, A., Dorée, M., Philippe, M., and Prigent, C. (1998) J. Cell Sci. 111, 557-572). Inhibition of either XlEg5 or pEg2 activity during mitosis in Xenopus egg extract led to monopolar spindle formation. Here, we report that in Xenopus XL2 cells, pEg2 and XlEg5 are both confined to separated centrosomes in prophase, and then to the microtubule spindle poles. We also show that pEg2 co-immunoprecipitates with XlEg5 from egg extracts and XL2 cell lysates. Both proteins can directly interact in vitro, but also through the two-hybrid system. Furthermore immunoprecipitated pEg2 were found to remain active when bound to the beads and phosphorylate XlEg5 present in the precipitate. Two-dimensional mapping of XlEg5 tryptic peptides phosphorylated in vivo first confirmed that XlEg5 was phosphorylated by p34(cdc2) and next revealed that in vitro pEg2 kinase phosphorylated XlEg5 on the same stalk domain serine residue that was phosphorylated in metabolically labeled XL2 cells. The kinesin-related XlEg5 is to our knowledge the first in vivo substrate ever reported for an Aurora-related kinase.
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Régis Giet, Rustem Uzbekov, Fabien Cubizolles, Katherine Le Guellec, Claude Prigent. The Xenopus laevis aurora-related protein kinase pEg2 associates with and phosphorylates the kinesin-related protein XlEg5.. Journal of Biological Chemistry, American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, 1999, 274 (21), pp.15005-13. ⟨inserm-00966047⟩

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