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Nat Cell Biol. 2002 May;4(5):E131-6.

AP-1 as a regulator of cell life and death.

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  • 1Department of Experimental Medicine and Cancer Research, School of Medicine, the Hebrew University, Jerusalem, 91120, Israel. eshaulian@md.huji.ac.il

Abstract

The transcription factor AP-1 (activator protein-1) is involved in cellular proliferation, transformation and death. Using mice and cells lacking AP-1 components, the target-genes and molecular mechanisms mediating these processes were recently identified. Interestingly, the growth-promoting activity of c-Jun is mediated by repression of tumour suppressors, as well as upregulation of positive cell cycle regulators. Mostly, c-Jun is a positive regulator of cell proliferation, whereas JunB has the converse effect. The intricate relationships between the different Jun proteins, their activities and the mechanisms that mediate them will be discussed.

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