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 over-expressed Aurora-A is not restricted to the centrosomes but is also found in the cytoplasm. This over-expressed Aurora-A appeared to be phosphorylated on Thr288, which is known to be required for its enzymatic activation. In analogy to Aurora-A's role in oocyte maturation and the early embryonic cell cycle, here we investigated whether ectopically over-expressed Aurora-A can similarly stimulate polyadenylation of mRNA in human somatic cultured cells by interacting with a human ortholog of cytoplasmic polyadenylation element binding protein, h-CPEB. In vitro experiments revealed that Aurora-A binds directly to, and phosphorylates, h-CPEB.We found that polyadenylation of mRNA tails of cyclin B1 and Cdk1 was synergistically stimulated when Aurora-A and h-CPEB were overexpressed, and they were further promoted in the presence of an Aurora-A activator Ajuba. Our results suggest a function of ectopically over-expressed Aurora-A that might be relevant for carcinogenesis.
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