Sandra A. Jablonski

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The mammalian cilium protrudes from the apical/lumenal surface of polarized cells and acts as a sensor of environmental cues. Numerous developmental disorders and pathological conditions have been shown to arise from defects in cilia-associated signaling proteins. Despite mounting evidence that cilia are essential sites for coordination of cell signaling,(More)
We report the interactions amongst 20 proteins that specify their assembly to the centromere-kinetochore complex in human cells. Centromere protein (CENP)-A is at the top of a hierarchy that directs three major pathways, which are specified by CENP-C, -I, and Aurora B. Each pathway consists of branches that intersect to form nodes that may coordinate the(More)
Here we show that human Zeste White 10 (Zw10) and Rough deal (Rod) are new components of the mitotic checkpoint, as cells lacking these proteins at kinetochores fail to arrest in mitosis when exposed to microtubule inhibitors. Checkpoint failure and premature mitotic exit may explain why cells defective for hZw10 and hRod divide with lagging chromosomes. As(More)
The kinetochore binds an evolutionarily conserved set of checkpoint proteins that function to monitor whether chromosomes have aligned properly at the spindle equator. Human cells contain two related protein kinases, hBUB1 and hBUBR1, that appear to have evolved from a single ancestral BUB1 gene. We generated hBUB1- and hBUBR1-specific antibodies so that(More)
The temporal and spatial regulation of cytokinesis requires an interaction between the anaphase mitotic spindle and the cell cortex. However, the relative roles of the spindle asters or the central spindle bundle are not clear in mammalian cells. The central spindle normally serves as a platform to localize key regulators of cell cleavage, including(More)
RanGAP1 is the activating protein for the Ran GTPase. Vertebrate RanGAP1 is conjugated to a small ubiquitin-like protein, SUMO-1. This modification promotes association of RanGAP1 with the interphase nuclear pore complex (NPC) through binding to the nucleoporin RanBP2, also known as Nup358. During mitosis, RanGAP1 is concentrated at kinetochores in a(More)
The kinetochore, a macromolecular complex located at the centromere of chromosomes, provides essential functions for accurate chromosome segregation. Kinetochores contain checkpoint proteins that monitor attachments between the kinetochore and microtubules to ensure that cells do not exit mitosis in the presence of unaligned chromosomes. Here we report that(More)
The mRNA export factor RAE1 (also called GLE2) and the mitotic checkpoint protein BUB3 share extensive sequence homology in yeast as well as higher eukaryotes, although the biological relevance of their similarity is unclear. Previous work in HeLa cells has shown that human (h)RAE1 binds the nuclear pore complex protein hNUP98 via a short NUP98 motif called(More)
The kinetochore, a multi-protein complex assembled on centromeric chromatin in mitosis, is essential for sister chromosome segregation. We show here that inhibition of histone deacetylation blocks mitotic progression at prometaphase in two human tumor cell lines by interfering with kinetochore assembly. Decreased amounts of hBUB1, CENP-F and the motor(More)
Resistance to chemotherapy targeting microtubules could be partially because of the delay in chromosome condensation and segregation during mitosis. The Chfr pathway has been defined recently, and its activation causes a delay in chromosome condensation in response to mitotic stress. Because Chfr contains a RING-finger domain, we tested whether Chfr(More)