Centromere protein B

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Centromere protein B also known as major centromere autoantigen B is an autoantigen protein of the cell nucleus. In humans, centromere protein B is encoded by the CENPB gene.[1][2][3]


Centromere protein B is a highly conserved protein that facilitates centromere formation. It is a DNA-binding protein that is derived from transposases of the pogo DNA transposon family. It contains a helix-loop-helix DNA binding motif at the N-terminus, and a dimerization domain at the C-terminus. The DNA binding domain recognizes and binds a 17-bp sequence (CENP-B box) in the centromeric alpha satellite DNA. This protein is proposed to play an important role in the assembly of specific centromere structures in interphase nuclei and on mitotic chromosomes. It is also considered a major centromere autoantigen recognized by sera from patients with anti-centromere antibodies.

Clinical significance

Centromere protein B is a potential biomarker of small-cell lung cancer.[4]

See also


  1. "Entrez Gene: centromere protein B". 
  2. Sugimoto K, Yata H, Himeno M (July 1993). "Mapping of the human CENP-B gene to chromosome 20 and the CENP-C gene to chromosome 12 by a rapid cycle DNA amplification procedure". Genomics. 17 (1): 240–2. PMID 8406460. doi:10.1006/geno.1993.1312. 
  3. Ando S, Yang H, Nozaki N, Okazaki T, Yoda K (April 2002). "CENP-A, -B, and -C chromatin complex that contains the I-type alpha-satellite array constitutes the prekinetochore in HeLa cells". Molecular and Cellular Biology. 22 (7): 2229–41. PMC 133672Freely accessible. PMID 11884609. doi:10.1128/MCB.22.7.2229-2241.2002. 
  4. Briasoulis E, Kamposioras K, Tzovaras V, Pafitanis G, Kostoula A, Mavridis A, Pavlidis N (May 2008). "CENP-B specific anti-centromere autoantibodies heralding small-cell lung cancer. A case study and review of the literature". Lung Cancer. 60 (2): 302–6. PMID 17980453. doi:10.1016/j.lungcan.2007.09.014. 

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