The chromosomal passenger complex: guiding Aurora-B through mitosis

Gerben Vader, René H Medema, Susanne M A Lens

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During mitosis, the chromosomal passenger complex (CPC) orchestrates highly different processes, such as chromosome alignment, histone modification, and cytokinesis. Proper and timely localization of this complex is the key to precise control over the enzymatic core of the CPC, the Aurora-B kinase. We discuss the molecular mechanisms by which the CPC members direct the dynamic localization of the complex throughout cell division. Also, we summarize posttranslational modifications that occur on the CPC and discuss their roles in regulating localization and function of this mitotic complex.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)833-7
Number of pages5
JournalThe Journal of Cell Biology
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 19 Jun 2006
Externally publishedYes


  • Animals
  • Aurora Kinases
  • Cell Cycle Proteins/metabolism
  • Centromere/metabolism
  • Chromosomal Proteins, Non-Histone/metabolism
  • Microtubule-Associated Proteins/metabolism
  • Mitosis/physiology
  • Models, Biological
  • Phosphorylation
  • Protein Processing, Post-Translational
  • Protein Serine-Threonine Kinases/metabolism
  • Spindle Apparatus/metabolism


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