Subcellular localization of MAK-V/Hunk protein kinase expressed in COS-1 cells


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MAK-V/Hunk is a MARK/Par-1-related protein kinase, whose function is unknown. We studied the subcellular localization of MAK-V/Hunk in COS-1 cells by immunofluorescence. It has a nucleocytoplasmic distribution and is localized to the centrosome, as indicated by co-localization with γ-tubulin. A putative kinase-deficient mutant, with a mutation in the invariant lysine residue in the catalytic domain, was not targeted to the nucleus or centrosome. These results suggest that the nuclear and centrosomal targeting of MAK-V/Hunk is specific, and is likely to be coupled to its catalytic activity.