Mdm2 binding to a conformationally sensitive domain on p53 can be modulated by RNA

L R Burch, C A Midgley, R A Currie, D P Lane, T R Hupp

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Biochemical characterisation of the interaction of mdm2 protein with p53 protein has demonstrated that full-length mdm2 does not bind stably to p53-DNA complexes, contrasting with C-terminal truncations of mdm2 which do bind stably to p53-DNA complexes. In addition, tetrameric forms of the p53His175 mutant protein in the PAb1620+ conformation are reduced in binding to mdm2 protein. These data suggest that the mdm2 binding site in the BOX-I domain of p53 becomes concealed when either p53 binds to DNA or when the core domain of p53 is unfolded by missense mutation. This further suggests that the C-terminus of mdm2 protein contains a negative regulatory domain that affects mdm2 protein binding to a second, conformationally sensitive interaction site in the core domain of p53. We investigated whether there was a second docking site on p53 for mdm2 protein by examining the interaction of full-length mdm2 with p53 lacking the BOX-I domain. Although mdm2 protein did bind very weakly to p53 protein lacking the BOX-I domain, addition of RNA activated mdm2 protein binding to this truncated form of p53. These data provide evidence for three previously undefined regulatory stages in the p53-mdm2 binding reaction: (1) conformational changes in p53 protein due to DNA binding or point mutation conceals a secondary docking site of mdm2 protein; (2) the C-terminus of mdm2 is the primary determinant which confers this property upon mdm2 protein; and (3) mdm2 protein binding to this secondary interaction site within p53 can be stabilised by RNA.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)93-8
Number of pages6
JournalFEBS Letters
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 21 Apr 2000

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • Blotting, Western
  • Enzyme-Linked Immunosorbent Assay
  • Humans
  • Mutation, Missense
  • Nuclear Proteins
  • Point Mutation
  • Protein Binding
  • Protein Conformation
  • Protein Structure, Tertiary
  • Proto-Oncogene Proteins
  • Proto-Oncogene Proteins c-mdm2
  • RNA
  • Surface Plasmon Resonance
  • Tumor Suppressor Protein p53


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