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Ring Around the Spindle Checkpoint

Science's STKE  31 Oct 2006:
Vol. 2006, Issue 359, pp. tw375
DOI: 10.1126/stke.3592006tw375

The molecular role of the centrosome in the spindle checkpoint has been debated for some time. Müller et al. have now identified a function for a subset of core centrosomal proteins, namely their involvement in the spindle checkpoint. γ-tubulin ring proteins are functionally and biochemically integrated into checkpoint control, together with two of the major players in this pathway, BubR1 and Cdc20. However, the function of the γ-tubulin ring components was not linked to centrosome integrity, nor did it require localization to this organelle.

H. Müller, M.-L. Fogeron, V. Lehmann, H. Lehrach, B. M. H. Lange, A centrosome-independent role for γ-TuRC proteins in the spindle assembly checkpoint. Science 314, 654-657 (2006). [Abstract] [Full Text]