SteveCell biology at the molecular level

We are interested in two processes fundamental to eukaryotic cellular life: mitosis and membrane trafficking. The lab are working to understand how these processes operate at the molecular level in the hope of identifying new strategies to prevent tumour formation and propagation in cancer and to inhibit cellular infection. Steve Royle is a Senior Cancer Research UK Fellow.

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The mitotic spindle is a tiny machine whose purpose is to accurately segregate the chromosomes during cell division. We are trying to understand how the microtubules of the mitotic spindle are stabilised by non-motor proteins, and how stability is altered in cancer.

>> LATEST Collaboration with Bayliss lab (and others) reveals TACC3-clathrin interaction in mitosis. | Link


>> LATEST Sourav worked out why FGFR3-TACC3 gene fusions in bladder cancer cause mitotic problems. | Link


endoMembrane trafficking

Clathrin-mediated endocytosis is the main route of entry into mammalian cells and it controls numerous cellular processes from cell motility and signalling to synaptic transmission and organelle identity. We are trying to understand the molecular mechanisms of this process and also how it is controlled by the cell cycle.

>> LATEST Nick developed a new tag for CLEM | Link


>> LATEST Laura triggers endocytosis on-demand | Link


Selected Papers


Clarke & Royle (2018) FerriTag is a new genetically-encoded inducible tag for correlative light-electron microscopy.
Nat. Commun., 9: 2604.

Burgess et al. (2018) Mitotic spindle association of TACC3 requires Aurora-A-dependent stabilization of a cryptic alpha-helix..
EMBO J., 37: e97902.

Wood et al. (2017) New tools for “hot-wiring” clathrin-mediated endocytosis with temporal and spatial precision.
J. Cell Biol., 216: 4351-65.

Sarkar, Ryan & Royle (2017) FGFR3–TACC3 cancer gene fusions cause mitotic defects by removal of endogenous TACC3 from the mitotic spindle.
Open Biol., 7: 170080.

Nixon et al. (2017) Microtubule organization within mitotic spindles revealed by serial block face scanning electron microscopy and image analysis.
J. Cell Sci., 130: 1845-55.

Nixon et al. (2015) The mesh is a network of microtubule connectors that stabilizes individual kinetochore fibers of the mitotic spindle.
eLife, 4: e07635.

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