Highly expressed in cancer (Hec1) is a coiled-coil-enriched protein expressed abundantly in the S and M phases of rapidly dividing cells where it localizes to the kinetochores. Hec1 is involved in spindle checkpoint signaling. Hec1 is not expressed in terminal differentiated cells. Hec1 is expressed in tissues with high mitotic rates including testis, spleen and thymus. Hec1 is also found in the late S to M phases of bladder carcinoma cells. In dividing cells, Hec1 is required for the recruitment of Mps1 kinase and MAD1/MAD2 complexes to the kinetochores. The phosphorylation of Hec1 on Serine 165 by Nek2 is essential for faithful chromosome segregation. The binding of retinoblastoma protein to Hec1 also increases the fidelity of chromosomal segregation.
Recommended Dilutions: Western Blot: 1:500-1:2500
Reactivity: Human, Mouse