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Integrin-linked kinase localizes to the centrosome and regulates mitotic spindle organization

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<mark>Journal publication date</mark>25/02/2008
<mark>Journal</mark>Journal of Cell Biology
Issue number4
Number of pages9
Pages (from-to)681-9
Publication StatusPublished
<mark>Original language</mark>English


Integrin-linked kinase (ILK) is a serine-threonine kinase and scaffold protein with well defined roles in focal adhesions in integrin-mediated cell adhesion, spreading, migration, and signaling. Using mass spectrometry-based proteomic approaches, we identify centrosomal and mitotic spindle proteins as interactors of ILK. alpha- and beta-tubulin, ch-TOG (XMAP215), and RUVBL1 associate with ILK and colocalize with it to mitotic centrosomes. Inhibition of ILK activity or expression induces profound apoptosis-independent defects in the organization of the mitotic spindle and DNA segregation. ILK fails to localize to the centrosomes of abnormal spindles in RUVBL1-depleted cells. Additionally, depletion of ILK expression or inhibition of its activity inhibits Aurora A-TACC3/ch-TOG interactions, which are essential for spindle pole organization and mitosis. These data demonstrate a critical and unexpected function for ILK in the organization of centrosomal protein complexes during mitotic spindle assembly and DNA segregation.