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Mdm2- mediated NEDD8 Modification of TAp73 Regulates Its Transactivation Function.

Mutations in p73 are rare in cancer. Emerging evidence suggests that the relative expression of various p73 isoforms may contribute to tumorigenesis. Alternative promoters and N-terminal splicing result in the transcription and processing of either full-length (TA) or N-terminally truncated (DeltaN) p73 isoforms. TAp73 possesses pro-apoptotic functions, while DeltaNp73 has anti-apoptotic properties via functional inhibition of TAp73 and p53. Here, we report that TAp73, but not DeltaNp73, is covalently modified by NEDD8 under physiologic conditions in an Mdm2-dependent manner. Co-expression of NEDP1, a cysteine protease that specifically cleaves NEDD8 conjugates, was shown to deneddylate TAp73. In addition, blockage of the endogenous NEDD8 pathway increased TAp73- mediated transactivation of p53- and p73-responsive promoter-driven reporter activity, and in conjunction, neddylated TAp73 species were found preferentially in the cytoplasm. These results suggest that Mdm2 attenuates TAp73 transactivation function, at least in part, by promoting NEDD8-dependent TAp73 cytoplasmic localization and provide the first evidence of a covalent post-translational modification exclusively targeting the TA isoforms of p73.[1]


  1. Mdm2-mediated NEDD8 Modification of TAp73 Regulates Its Transactivation Function. Watson, I.R., Blanch, A., Lin, D.C., Ohh, M., Irwin, M.S. J. Biol. Chem. (2006) [Pubmed]
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