Consequences of Numerical Centrosome Defects in Development and Disease

  • Davide Gambarotto
  • Renata BastoEmail author


Defects in centrosome number or structure can have considerable consequences for the physiology of an organism. Aberrant centrosome number has been proposed for a century to contribute to genome instability and tumour formation. However, in the last decade, mutations in centrosome genes have been described in diseases characterised by defective growth. Centrosome dysfunction can therefore have opposite effects on the homeostasis of the organism. Here we discuss how deregulation of centrosome number during embryonic development might contribute to growth defective syndromes such as autosomal recessive primary microcephaly (MCPH) and primordial dwarfism. We further discuss how the same defects might play a role in cancer when present in adult tissues.


Spindle Pole Bipolar Spindle Centrosome Amplification Spindle Orientation Multipolar Spindle 
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We thank M. Rujano, D. Gogendeau and M. Nano for their helpful discussions and comments on the manuscript, V. Marthiens for providing the mouse brain pictures and O. Goudiam, C. Cosson and X. Sastre for providing with the pictures of the ovarian tissues. Work in our lab is supported by an ERC starting grant (Centrostemcancer 242598), Institut Curie, CNRS, an FRM installation grant and ATIP grant. Davide Gambarotto holds a PhD fellowship from the institute Curie. Our lab is a member of the CelTisPhyBio labex.


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  1. 1.Subcellular Structure and Cellular DynamicsInstitut Curie PSL Research University, CNRS UMR144ParisFrance

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