Send to

Choose Destination
See comment in PubMed Commons below
Science. 1999 Aug 6;285(5429):886-91.

Requirement of Rsk-2 for epidermal growth factor-activated phosphorylation of histone H3.

Author information

  • 1Institut de Génétique et de Biologie Moléculaire et Cellulaire, CNRS, INSERM, ULP, B. P. 163, 67404 Illkirch-Strasbourg, France.


During the immediate-early response of mammalian cells to mitogens, histone H3 is rapidly and transiently phosphorylated by one or more unidentified kinases. Rsk-2, a member of the pp90rsk family of kinases implicated in growth control, was required for epidermal growth factor (EGF)-stimulated phosphorylation of H3. RSK-2 mutations in humans are linked to Coffin-Lowry syndrome (CLS). Fibroblasts derived from a CLS patient failed to exhibit EGF-stimulated phosphorylation of H3, although H3 was phosphorylated during mitosis. Introduction of the wild-type RSK-2 gene restored EGF-stimulated phosphorylation of H3 in CLS cells. In addition, disruption of the RSK-2 gene by homologous recombination in murine embryonic stem cells abolished EGF-stimulated phosphorylation of H3. H3 appears to be a direct or indirect target of Rsk-2, suggesting that chromatin remodeling might contribute to mitogen-activated protein kinase-regulated gene expression.

[PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
Free full text
PubMed Commons home

PubMed Commons

How to join PubMed Commons

    Supplemental Content

    Full text links

    Icon for HighWire
    Loading ...
    Support Center