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Mol Cell. 2002 Mar;9(3):611-23.

The N-CoR-HDAC3 nuclear receptor corepressor complex inhibits the JNK pathway through the integral subunit GPS2.

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Laboratory of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, The Rockefeller University, 1230 York Avenue, New York, NY 10021, USA.


The corepressors N-CoR and SMRT partner with histone deacetylases (HDACs) in diverse repression pathways. We report here that GPS2, a protein involved in intracellular signaling, is an integral subunit of the N-CoR-HDAC3 complex. We have determined structural motifs that direct the formation of a highly stable and active deacetylase complex. GPS2 and TBL1, another component of the N-CoR-HDAC3 complex, interact cooperatively with repression domain 1 of N-CoR to form a heterotrimeric structure and are indirectly linked to HDAC3 via an extended N-CoR SANT domain that also activates latent HDAC3 activity. More importantly, we show here that the N-CoR-HDAC3 complex inhibits JNK activation through the associated GPS2 subunit and thus could potentially provide an alternative mechanism for hormone-mediated antagonism of AP-1 function.

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