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Pani, E; Menigatti, M; Schubert, S; Hess, D; Gerrits, B; Klempnauer, K H; Ferrari, S (2008). Pin1 interacts with c-Myb in a phosphorylation-dependent manner and regulates its transactivation activity. Biochimica et Biophysica Acta, 1783(6):1121-1128.

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Activity and stability of the proto-oncogene c-Myb are regulated by post-translational modifications, though the molecular mechanisms underlying such control are only partially understood. Here we describe the functional interaction of c-Myb with Pin1, an isomerase that binds to phosphorylated Ser/Thr-Pro motifs. We found that co-expression of c-Myb and Pin1 led to a net increase of c-Myb transactivation activity, both on reporter constructs as well as on an endogenous target gene. DNA-binding studies revealed that Pin1 did not increase the association of c-Myb with its response element in DNA. The increase of c-Myb transactivation activity was strictly dependent on the presence of an active catalytic center in Pin1. We provide evidence that c-Myb and Pin1 physically interacted, both upon ectopic expression of the proteins in HEK-293 cells as well as in the more physiological setting of HL60 cells, where c-Myb and Pin1 are resident proteins. By point mutating each individual Ser/Thr-Pro motif in c-Myb as well as by using deletion mutants we show that S528 in the EVES-motif was the docking site for Pin1. Mass spectrometry confirmed that S528 is phosphorylated in vivo. Finally, functional studies showed that mutation of S528 to alanine almost abolished the increase of transactivation activity by Pin1. This study reveals a new paradigm by which phosphorylation controls c-Myb function.


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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:04 Faculty of Medicine > Functional Genomics Center Zurich
04 Faculty of Medicine > Institute of Molecular Cancer Research
07 Faculty of Science > Institute of Molecular Cancer Research

08 University Research Priority Programs > Systems Biology / Functional Genomics
Dewey Decimal Classification:570 Life sciences; biology
610 Medicine & health
Deposited On:29 Oct 2008 10:02
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 12:28
Publisher DOI:10.1016/j.bbamcr.2008.02.020
PubMed ID:18359295

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