Chromosomal passengers: conducting cell division

Nat Rev Mol Cell Biol. 2007 Oct;8(10):798-812. doi: 10.1038/nrm2257.

Abstract

Mitosis and meiosis are remarkable processes during which cells undergo profound changes in their structure and physiology. These events are orchestrated with a precision that is worthy of a classical symphony, with different activities being switched on and off at precise times and locations throughout the cell. One essential 'conductor' of this symphony is the chromosomal passenger complex (CPC), which comprises Aurora-B protein kinase, the inner centromere protein INCENP, survivin and borealin (also known as Dasra-B). Studies of the CPC are providing insights into its functions, which range from chromosome-microtubule interactions to sister chromatid cohesion to cytokinesis, and constitute one of the most dynamic areas of ongoing mitosis and meiosis research.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Aurora Kinase B
  • Aurora Kinases
  • Cell Cycle Proteins / genetics
  • Cell Cycle Proteins / metabolism
  • Chromosomal Proteins, Non-Histone / genetics
  • Chromosomal Proteins, Non-Histone / metabolism
  • Chromosomes, Human / enzymology
  • Chromosomes, Human / genetics*
  • Humans
  • Inhibitor of Apoptosis Proteins
  • Meiosis / genetics*
  • Microtubule-Associated Proteins / genetics
  • Microtubule-Associated Proteins / metabolism
  • Mitosis / genetics*
  • Neoplasm Proteins / genetics
  • Neoplasm Proteins / metabolism
  • Protein-Serine-Threonine Kinases / genetics
  • Protein-Serine-Threonine Kinases / metabolism
  • Survivin

Substances

  • BIRC5 protein, human
  • CDCA8 protein, human
  • Cell Cycle Proteins
  • Chromosomal Proteins, Non-Histone
  • INCENP protein, human
  • Inhibitor of Apoptosis Proteins
  • Microtubule-Associated Proteins
  • Neoplasm Proteins
  • Survivin
  • AURKB protein, human
  • Aurora Kinase B
  • Aurora Kinases
  • Protein-Serine-Threonine Kinases