Naoko Kunitoku

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Aurora family kinases contribute to regulation of mitosis. Using RNA interference in synchronized HeLa cells, we now show that Aurora-A is required for mitotic entry. We found that initial activation of Aurora-A in late G2 phase of the cell cycle is essential for recruitment of the cyclin B1-Cdk1 complex to centrosomes, where it becomes activated and(More)
The Aurora (Ipl1)-related kinases are universal regulators of mitosis. We now show that Aurora-A, in addition to Aurora-B, regulates kinetochore function in human cells. A two-hybrid screen identified the kinetochore component CENP-A as a protein that interacts with Aurora-A. Aurora-A phosphorylated CENP-A in vitro on Ser-7, a residue also known to be(More)
BACKGROUND Various mitotic events are controlled by Cdc2-cyclin B and other mitotic kinases. Aurora/Ipl1-related mitotic kinases were proved to play key roles in mitotic progression in diverse lower organisms. Aurora-A is a mammalian counterpart of aurora/Ipl1-related kinases and is thought to be a potential oncogene. However, the regulation of aurora-A(More)
BACKGROUND Hemangioblastoma (HBL) in the suprasellar region is extremely rare. CASE DESCRIPTION A suprasellar mass was found in a 33-year-old woman with retinal HBL and bilateral adrenal pheochromocytomas. The diagnosis of von Hippel-Lindau (VHL) disease was confirmed preoperatively not only by these clinical manifestations but also by germline mutation(More)
Aurora-A, a serine/threonine mitotic kinase, was reported to be overexpressed in various human cancers, and its overexpression induces aneuploidy, centrosome amplification and tumorigenic transformation in cultured human and rodent cells. However, the underlying mechanisms and pathological settings by which Aurora-A promotes tumorigenesis are largely(More)
Aurora-A is a centrosomal serine-threonine kinase that regulates mitosis. Over-expression of Aurora-A has been found in a wide range of tumors and has been implicated in oncogenic transformation. However, how Aurora-A over-expression contributes to promotion of carcinogenesis remains elusive. Immunohistochemical analysis of breast tumors revealed that(More)
Drosophila tumor suppressor WARTS (Wts) is an evolutionally conserved serine / threonine kinase and participates in a signaling complex that regulates both proliferation and apoptosis to ensure the proper size and shape of the fly. Human counterparts of this complex have been found to be frequently downregulated or mutated in cancers. WARTS, a human homolog(More)
Radiologic findings of a case with scalp plexiform schwannoma-an unusual variant of the benign, solitary schwannoma in the skin-are reported. T2-weighted MR imaging exhibited the most specific features: a multinodular pattern and hypointense capsule that separated the tumor from surrounding soft tissue. A surgical specimen was histologically confirmed as(More)