Italia Anna Asteriti

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The Aurora-A kinase has well-established roles in spindle assembly and function and is frequently overexpressed in tumours. Its abundance is cell cycle regulated, with a peak in G2 and M phases, followed by regulated proteolysis at the end of mitosis. The microtubule-binding protein TPX2 plays a major role in regulating the activity and localisation of(More)
Mitotic spindle assembly is a highly regulated process, crucial to ensure the correct segregation of duplicated chromosomes in daughter cells and to avoid aneuploidy, a common feature of tumors. Among the most important spindle regulators is Aurora-A, a mitotic centrosomal kinase frequently overexpressed in tumors. Here, we investigated the role of Aurora-A(More)
The Aurora-A kinase regulates cell division by phosphorylating multiple downstream targets in the mitotic apparatus. Aurora-A is frequently overexpressed in tumor cells and it is therefore regarded as a novel candidate target in anti-cancer therapy. Its actual contribution to cell transformation, however, is not entirely clarified; furthermore, its(More)
BACKGROUND Aurora-A is an oncogenic kinase playing well-documented roles in mitotic spindle organisation. We previously found that Aurora-A inactivation yields the formation of spindles with fragmented poles that can drive chromosome mis-segregation. Here we have addressed the mechanism through which Aurora-A activity regulates the structure and cohesion of(More)
Inhibition of Aurora kinase activity by small molecules is being actively investigated as a potential anti-cancer strategy. A successful therapeutic use of Aurora inhibitors relies on a comprehensive understanding of the effects of inactivating Aurora kinases on cell division, a challenging aim given the pleiotropic roles of those kinases during mitosis.(More)
Spindle positioning is essential for tissue morphogenesis and homeostasis. The signaling network synchronizing spindle placement with mitotic progression relies on timely recruitment at the cell cortex of NuMA:LGN:Gαi complexes, in which NuMA acts as a receptor for the microtubule motor Dynein. To study the implication of Aurora-A in spindle orientation, we(More)
The Aurora kinase A (AURKA) is involved in different aspects of mitotic control, from mitotic entry to cytokinesis. Consistent with its pleiotropic roles, several AURKA interactors are able to modulate its activity, the best characterized being the microtubule-binding protein TPX2, the centrosomal protein Cep192, and Bora. Bora has been described as an(More)
Aurora kinases are a family of cell division regulators that govern the correct assembly of a bipolar mitotic spindle and the fidelity of chromosome segregation. Their overexpression is associated with genomic instability and aneuploidy, and is frequently observed in cancer. Accordingly, competitive inhibitors targeting Aurora kinase activity at the(More)
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