Rashid Abdulle

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The kinetochore, which consists of DNA sequence elements and structural proteins, is essential for high-fidelity chromosome transmission during cell division. In budding yeast, Sgt1, together with Skp1, is required for assembly of the core kinetochore complex (CBF3) via Ctf13 activation. Formation of the active Ctf13-Skp1 complex also requires Hsp90, a(More)
The Hsp90 inhibitor 17-allylaminogeldanamycin (17-AAG), which is currently in clinical trials, is thought to exert antitumor activity by simultaneously targeting several oncogenic signaling pathways. Here we report a novel mechanism by which 17-AAG inhibits cell proliferation, and we provide the first evidence that HSP90 is required for the assembly of(More)
CENP-A is a centromere-specific histone H3 variant that epigenetically determines centromere identity to ensure kinetochore assembly and proper chromosome segregation, but the precise mechanism of its specific localization within centromeric heterochromatin remains obscure. We have discovered that CUL4A-RBX1-COPS8 E3 ligase activity is required for CENP-A(More)
The kinetochore, which consists of centromere DNA and structural proteins, is essential for proper chromosome segregation in eukaryotes. In budding yeast, Sgt1 and Hsp90 are required for the binding of Skp1 to Ctf13 (a component of the core kinetochore complex CBF3) and therefore for the assembly of CBF3. We have previously shown that Sgt1 dimerization is(More)
The spindle checkpoint transiently prevents cell cycle progression of cells that have incurred errors or failed to complete steps during mitosis, including those involving kinetochore function. The molecular nature of the primary signal transmitted from defective kinetochores and how it is detected by the spindle checkpoint are unknown. We report(More)
In this study we characterized the chaperone functions of Xenopus recombinant Hsp30C and Hsp30D by using an in vitro rabbit reticulocyte lysate (RRL) refolding assay system as well as a novel in vivo Xenopus oocyte microinjection assay. Whereas heat- or chemically denaturated luciferase (LUC) did not regain significant enzyme activity when added to RRL or(More)
Small heat shock proteins (shsps) act as molecular chaperones by preventing heat-induced aggregation and unfolding of cellular proteins by a mechanism that is still unclear. Previously we found that the C-terminal end of Xenopus shsp, hsp30C (30C), was essential for optimal chaperone activity. Examination of the C-terminal tail of 30C revealed that it had a(More)
The kinetochore, which consists of DNA sequence elements and structural proteins, is essential for high-fidelity chromosome transmission during cell division. In budding yeast, Sgt1 and Hsp90 help assemble the core kinetochore complex CBF3 by activating the CBF3 components Skp1 and Ctf13. In this study, we show that Sgt1 forms homodimers by performing in(More)
During cell division, the spindle checkpoint ensures accurate chromosome segregation by monitoring the kinetochore-microtubule interaction and delaying the onset of anaphase until each pair of sister chromosomes is properly attached to microtubules. The spindle checkpoint is deactivated as chromosomes start moving toward the spindles in anaphase, but the(More)