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Structural mechanism of the bromodomain of the coactivator CBP in p53 transcriptional activation.

Lysine acetylation of the tumor suppressor protein p53 in response to a wide variety of cellular stress signals is required for its activation as a transcription factor that regulates cell cycle arrest, senescence, or apoptosis. Here, we report that the conserved bromo-domain of the transcriptional coactivator CBP ( CREB binding protein) binds specifically to p53 at the C-terminal acetylated lysine 382. This bromodomain/acetyl-lysine binding is responsible for p53 acetylation-dependent coactivator recruitment after DNA damage, a step essential for p53-induced transcriptional activation of the cyclin-dependent kinase inhibitor p21 in G1 cell cycle arrest. We further present the three-dimensional nuclear magnetic resonance structure of the CBP bromodomain in complex with a lysine 382-acetylated p53 peptide. Using structural and biochemical analyses, we define the molecular determinants for the specificity of this molecular recognition.[1]


  1. Structural mechanism of the bromodomain of the coactivator CBP in p53 transcriptional activation. Mujtaba, S., He, Y., Zeng, L., Yan, S., Plotnikova, O., Sachchidanand, n.u.l.l., Sanchez, R., Zeleznik-Le, N.J., Ronai, Z., Zhou, M.M. Mol. Cell (2004) [Pubmed]
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