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Mol Cell. 2000 May;5(5):877-82.

Wnt/beta-catenin signaling induces the expression and activity of betaTrCP ubiquitin ligase receptor.

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  • 1AMC Cancer Research Center, Denver, Colorado 80214, USA.


Beta-transducing repeat-containing protein (betaTrCP) targets the ubiquitination and subsequent degradation of both beta-catenin and IkappaB, thereby playing an important role in beta-catenin/Tcf and NF-kappaB-dependent signaling. Here evidence is presented that beta-catenin/Tcf signaling elevates the expression of betaTrCP mRNA and protein in a Tcf-dependent manner, which does not require betaTrCP transcription. Induction of betaTrCP expression by the beta-catenin/Tcf pathway results in an accelerated degradation of the wild-type beta-catenin, suggesting that the negative feedback loop regulation may control the beta-catenin/Tcf pathway. This signaling also upregulated NF-kappaB transactivation without affecting the activity of IkappaB kinase, thereby establishing that the maintenance of the betaTrCP level is important for coordination between beta-catenin/Tcf and NF-kappaB signaling.

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