Characterization of plant Aurora kinases during mitosis

Plant Mol Biol. 2005 May;58(1):1-13. doi: 10.1007/s11103-005-3454-x.


The Aurora kinase family is a well-characterized serine/threonine protein kinase family that regulates different processes of mitotic events. Although functions of animal and yeast Aurora kinases have been analyzed, plant aurora kinases were not identified and characterized. We identified three Aurora kinase orthologs in Arabidopsis thaliana and designated these as AtAUR1, AtAUR2, and AtAUR3. These AtAURs could phosphorylate serine 10 in histone H3, in vitro. Dynamic analyses of GFP-fused AtAUR proteins revealed that AtAUR1 and AtAUR2 localized at the nuclear membrane in interphase and located in mitotic spindles during cell division. AtAUR1 also localized in the cell plates. AtAUR3 showed dot-like distribution on condensed chromosomes at prophase and then localized at the metaphase plate. At late anaphase, AtAUR3 is evenly localized on chromosomes. The localization of AtAUR3 during mitosis is very similar to that of phosphorylated histone H3. Interestingly, an overexpression of AtAUR3 induces disassembly of spindle microtubules and alteration of orientation of cell division. Our results indicate that plant Aurora kinases have different characters from that of Aurora kinases of other eukaryotes.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Amino Acid Sequence
  • Arabidopsis / enzymology
  • Arabidopsis / genetics*
  • Arabidopsis Proteins / genetics*
  • Arabidopsis Proteins / metabolism
  • Aurora Kinases
  • Cell Division / genetics
  • Cell Line
  • Gene Expression Regulation, Plant
  • Genes, Plant / genetics
  • Genome, Plant
  • Green Fluorescent Proteins / genetics
  • Green Fluorescent Proteins / metabolism
  • Histones / metabolism
  • Isoenzymes / genetics
  • Isoenzymes / metabolism
  • Microscopy, Fluorescence
  • Mitosis*
  • Molecular Sequence Data
  • Nuclear Envelope / metabolism
  • Phosphorylation
  • Protein Transport
  • Protein-Serine-Threonine Kinases / genetics*
  • Protein-Serine-Threonine Kinases / metabolism*
  • Recombinant Fusion Proteins / genetics
  • Recombinant Fusion Proteins / metabolism
  • Sequence Alignment
  • Sequence Homology, Amino Acid
  • Serine / metabolism
  • Spindle Apparatus / metabolism
  • Transfection


  • Arabidopsis Proteins
  • Histones
  • Isoenzymes
  • Recombinant Fusion Proteins
  • Green Fluorescent Proteins
  • Serine
  • AUR1 protein, Arabidopsis
  • AUR2 protein, Arabidopsis
  • AUR3 protein, Arabidopsis
  • Aurora Kinases
  • Protein-Serine-Threonine Kinases

Associated data

  • GENBANK/AB196733
  • GENBANK/AB196734
  • GENBANK/AB196735