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Sci. STKE, 10 December 2002
Vol. 2002, Issue 162, p. pe48
[DOI: 10.1126/stke.2002.162.pe48]

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Aurora-A in Cell Fate Control

Cayetano Gonzalez*

Cell Biology and Biophysics Programme, EMBL, Meyerhofstrasse 1, 69012 Heidelberg, Germany.

Abstract: Key cells divide asymmetrically during the development of multicellular organisms to give rise to offspring with different fates. In the Drosophila external sensory organ, asymmetrical division depends on polarization of the precursor cells during interphase and the consequent unequal distribution during mitosis of the protein Numb, which determines cell fate. Gonzalez discusses recent research implicating the mitotic kinase Aurora-A in the asymmetric localization of Numb in sensory organ pI precursor cells, a new function that appears to be independent of Aurora-A's known roles in regulating centrosomal maturation and the organization of mitotic spindle microtubules.

*Contact information. Telephone, 49-6221-387-292/3; fax, 49-6221-387-306; e-mail, Gonzalez{at}EMBL.DE

Citation: C. Gonzalez, Aurora-A in Cell Fate Control. Sci. STKE 2002, pe48 (2002).

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