Richard F Crane

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The Aurora family kinases are pivotal to the successful execution of cell division. Together they ensure the formation of a bipolar mitotic spindle, accurate segregation of chromosomes and the completion of cytokinesis. They are also attractive drug targets, being frequently deregulated in cancer and able to transform cells in vitro. In this review, we(More)
The mitotic kinase Aurora A (Aur-A) is overexpressed in a high proportion of human tumors, often in the absence of gene amplification. In somatic cells, Aur-A protein levels fall following mitosis or upon overexpression of Cdh1, an activator of the ubiquitin ligase APC/C. Thus, mutations that reduce or block the rate of Aur-A destruction might also be(More)
Eukaryotic translation initiation factor 3 (eIF3) is a multisubunit complex that plays a central role in translation initiation. We show that fission yeast Sum1, which is structurally related to known eIF3 subunits in other species, is essential for translation initiation, whereas its overexpression results in reduced global translation. Sum1 is associated(More)
Int6/eIF3e is a highly conserved subunit of eukaryotic translation initiation factor 3 (eIF3) that has also been reported to interact with subunits of the proteasome and the COP9 signalosome. Overexpression of full-length Int6 or a 13-kDa C-terminal fragment, Int6CT, in the fission yeast Schizosaccharomyces pombe causes multidrug resistance that requires(More)
Xenopus oocytes are naturally arrested at G2/M in prophase I of meiosis. Stimulation with progesterone initiates a nontranscriptional signaling pathway that culminates in the activation of Cdc2/cyclin B and reentry into meiosis. This pathway presents a paradigm for nongenomic signaling by steroid hormones and for the G2/M cell cycle transition. It has been(More)
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