There is considerable controversy over whether μ-opioid receptor (MOPr) desensitization is homologous or heterologous and over the mechanisms underlying such desensitization. In different cell types MOPr desensitization has been reported to involve receptor phosphorylation by various kinases, including G-protein-coupled receptor kinases (GRKs), second… (More)
The small GTPase Ran has been shown to regulate HURP, a protein that interacts with several mitotic spindle assembly factors. This discovery sheds new light on the role of Ran in the fidelity of mitosis and in cancer.
BACKGROUND Regulator of chromosome condensation 1 (RCC1) is the guanine nucleotide exchange factor for Ran GTPase. Localised generation of Ran-GTP by RCC1 on chromatin is critical for nucleocytoplasmic transport, mitotic spindle assembly and nuclear envelope formation. Both the N-terminal tail of RCC1 and its association with Ran are important for its… (More)
There is ongoing debate about the role of G protein-coupled receptor kinases (GRKs) in agonist-induced desensitization of the μ-opioid receptor (MOPr) in brain neurons. In the present paper, we have used a novel membrane-permeable, small-molecule inhibitor of GRK2 and GRK3, Takeda compound 101 (Cmpd101; 3-[[[4-methyl-5-(4-pyridyl)-4H-1,2,4-triazole-3-yl]… (More)
The tumor-suppressor protein BRCA1 is thought to act by preserving genomic integrity. In this issue of Cell, Joukov et al. demonstrate that the BRCA1/BARD1 heterodimer participates in mitotic spindle assembly, a process conducted by the GTPase Ran. Loss of this mitotic function might contribute to tumorigenesis.