Intrinsic ubiquitination activity of PCAF controls the stability of the oncoprotein Hdm2

Linares, L. K.; Kiernan, R.; Triboulet, R.; Chable-Bessia, C.; Latreille, D.; Cuvier, O.; Lacroix, M.; Le Cam, L.; Coux, O.; Benkirane, M.

Nature Cell Biology

2007-03 / vol 9 / pages 331-U153


The p300-CBP-associated factor ( PCAF) is a histone acetyltransferase ( HAT) involved in the reversible acetylation of various transcriptional regulators(1), including the tumour suppressor p53. It is implicated in many cellular processes, such as transcription, differentiation, proliferation and apoptosis. We observed that knockdown of PCAF expression in HeLa or U2OS cell lines induces stabilization of the oncoprotein Hdm2, a RING finger E3 ligase primarily known for its role in controlling p53 stability(2,3). To investigate the molecular basis of this effect, we examined whether PCAF is involved in Hdm2 ubiquitination. Here, we show that PCAF, in addition to its acetyltransferase activity, possesses an intrinsic ubiquitination activity that is critical for controlling Hdm2 expression levels, and thus p53 functions. Our data highlight a regulatory crosstalk between PCAF and Hdm2 activities, which is likely to have a central role in the subtle control of p53 activity after DNA damage.



acetylation; degradation; DNA-damage; mdm2; p300; cells; system; domains; ligase; p53 activation

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