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Nat Cell Biol. 1999 May;1(1):14-9.

Interaction between ubiquitin-protein ligase SCFSKP2 and E2F-1 underlies the regulation of E2F-1 degradation.

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Friedrich Miescher Institut, Basel, Switzerland.


The transcription factor E2F-1 is important in the control of cell proliferation. Its activity must be tightly regulated in a cell-cycle-dependent manner to enable programs of gene expression to be coupled closely with cell-cycle position. Here we show that, following its accumulation in the late G1 phase of the cell cycle, E2F-1 is rapidly degraded in S/G2 phase. This event is linked to a specific interaction of E2F-1 with the F-box-containing protein p45SKP2, which is the cell-cycle-regulated component of the ubiquitin-protein ligase SCFSKP2 that recognizes substrates for this ligase. Disruption of the interaction between E2F-1 and p45SKP2 results in a reduction in ubiquitination of E2F-1 and the stabilization and accumulation of transcriptionally active E2F-1 protein. These results indicate that an SCFSKP2-dependent ubiquitination pathway may be involved in the downregulation of E2F-1 activity in the S/G2 phase of the cell cycle, and suggest a link between SCFSKP2 and cell-cycle-dependent gene control.

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