FBXW7 is involved in Aurora B degradation

Cell Cycle. 2012 Nov 1;11(21):4059-68. doi: 10.4161/cc.22381. Epub 2012 Oct 24.


FBXW7, a component of E3 ubiquitin ligase, plays an important role in mitotic checkpoint, but its role remains unclear. Aurora B is a mitotic checkpoint kinase that plays a pivotal role in mitosis by ensuring correct chromosome segregation and normal progression through mitosis. Whether Aurora B and FBXW7 are coordinately regulated during mitosis is not known. Here, we show that FBXW7 is a negative regulator for Aurora B. Ectopic expression of FBXW7 can suppress the expression of Aurora B. Accordingly, FBXW7 deficiency leads to Aurora B elevation. Mechanistic studies show that all FBXW7 isoforms are negative regulators of Aurora B expression through ubiquitination-mediated protein degradation. Aurora B interacts with R465 and R505 residues of WD 40 domain of FBXW7. Significantly, inverse correlation between FBXW7 and Aurora B elevation is translated into the deregulation of mitosis. FBWX7 expression mitigates Aurora B-mediated cell growth and mitotic deregulation. In addition, FBXW7 reduces the percentage of multinucleated cells caused by Aurora B overexpression. These data suggest that FBXW7 is an important negative regulator of Aurora B, and that the loss or mutation of FBXW7 as seen in many types of cancer could lead to an abnormal elevation of Aurora B and result in deregulated mitosis, which accelerates cancer cell growth.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Aurora Kinase B
  • Aurora Kinases
  • Cell Cycle Proteins / chemistry
  • Cell Cycle Proteins / genetics
  • Cell Cycle Proteins / metabolism*
  • Cell Proliferation / drug effects
  • F-Box Proteins / chemistry
  • F-Box Proteins / genetics
  • F-Box Proteins / metabolism*
  • F-Box-WD Repeat-Containing Protein 7
  • HCT116 Cells
  • HEK293 Cells
  • Humans
  • Leupeptins / pharmacology
  • Mitosis / drug effects
  • Protease Inhibitors / pharmacology
  • Protein Binding
  • Protein Isoforms / chemistry
  • Protein Isoforms / genetics
  • Protein Isoforms / metabolism
  • Protein Stability
  • Protein Structure, Tertiary
  • Protein-Serine-Threonine Kinases / antagonists & inhibitors
  • Protein-Serine-Threonine Kinases / genetics
  • Protein-Serine-Threonine Kinases / metabolism*
  • Transfection
  • Ubiquitin-Protein Ligases / chemistry
  • Ubiquitin-Protein Ligases / genetics
  • Ubiquitin-Protein Ligases / metabolism*
  • Ubiquitination


  • Cell Cycle Proteins
  • F-Box Proteins
  • F-Box-WD Repeat-Containing Protein 7
  • FBXW7 protein, human
  • Leupeptins
  • Protease Inhibitors
  • Protein Isoforms
  • Ubiquitin-Protein Ligases
  • AURKB protein, human
  • Aurora Kinase B
  • Aurora Kinases
  • Protein-Serine-Threonine Kinases
  • benzyloxycarbonylleucyl-leucyl-leucine aldehyde