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Science May 21, 1999; 284 (5418): 1359-62.
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Stimulation of microtubule aster formation and spindle assembly by the small GTPase Ran.

Wilde A , Zheng Y .

Ran, a small guanosine triphosphatase, is suggested to have additional functions beyond its well-characterized role in nuclear trafficking. Guanosine triphosphate-bound Ran, but not guanosine diphosphate-bound Ran, stimulated polymerization of astral microtubules from centrosomes assembled on Xenopus sperm. Moreover, a Ran allele with a mutation in the effector domain (RanL43E) induced the formation of microtubule asters and spindle assembly, in the absence of sperm nuclei, in a gammaTuRC (gamma-tubulin ring complex)- and XMAP215 (Xenopus microtubule associated protein)-dependent manner. Therefore, Ran could be a key signaling molecule regulating microtubule polymerization during mitosis.

PubMed ID: 10334991
Article link: Science
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Species referenced: Xenopus
Genes referenced: ckap5 ran

References :
Pennisi, Nuclear transport protein does double duty in mitosis. 1999, Pubmed, Xenbase