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The XMAP215/ch-TOG/Msps family of microtubule-associated proteins (MAPs) promote microtubule growth in vitro and are concentrated at centrosomes in vivo. We show here that Msps (mini-spindles protein) interacts with the centrosomal protein D-TACC, and that this interaction strongly influences microtubule behaviour in Drosophila embryos. If D-TACC levels are(More)
We identify Drosophila TACC (D-TACC) as a novel protein that is concentrated at centrosomes and interacts with microtubules. We show that D-TACC is essential for normal spindle function in the early embryo; if D-TACC function is perturbed by mutation or antibody injection, the microtubules emanating from centrosomes in embryos are short and chromosomes(More)
In Drosophila cells cyclin B is normally degraded in two phases: (a) destruction of the spindle-associated cyclin B initiates at centrosomes and spreads to the spindle equator; and (b) any remaining cytoplasmic cyclin B is degraded slightly later in mitosis. We show that the APC/C regulators Fizzy (Fzy)/Cdc20 and Fzy-related (Fzr)/Cdh1 bind to microtubules(More)
Milk proteins are crucial for the development of all newborn mammals. Caseins that constitute the bulk of the protein in mammalian milk have been shown to be members of a multigene family in at least two species. They are among the most rapidly diverging groups of proteins, and their numbers vary widely among species. beta- and kappa-Caseins are the only(More)
Earlier amino acid alignments of mature beta-caseins showed that the human protein was shifted in alignment relative to other species, with amino acid deletions in the N-terminal region and others inserted in the C-terminal region. Our alignment, based on cDNA sequences and their translation products, has shown that the amino acid deletions correspond(More)
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