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Abstract / Description of output
Ubiquitin is a key component of the regulatory network that maintains gene expression in eukaryotes, yet the molecular mechanism(s) by which non-degradative ubiquitination modulates transcriptional activator (TA) function is unknown. Here endogenous p53, a stress-activated transcription factor required to maintain health, is stably monoubiquitinated, following pathway activation by IR or Nutlin-3 and localized to the nucleus where it becomes tightly associated with chromatin. Comparative structure–function analysis and in silico modelling demonstrate a direct role for DNA-binding domain (DBD) monoubiquitination in TA activation. When attached to the DBD of either p53, or a second TA IRF-1, ubiquitin is orientated towards, and makes contact with, the DNA. The contact is made between a predominantly cationic surface on ubiquitin and the anionic DNA. Our data demonstrate an unexpected role for ubiquitin in the mechanism of TA-activity enhancement and provides insight into a new level of transcriptional regulation.
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- post‐translational modification
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1/08/12 → 31/07/19
- Deanery of Molecular, Genetic and Population Health Sciences - Personal Chair of Biochemistry and Cell Signalling
- Edinburgh Cancer Research Centre
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