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Mol Cell. 2003 May;11(5):1189-200.

The F-box protein Skp2 participates in c-Myc proteosomal degradation and acts as a cofactor for c-Myc-regulated transcription.

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Department of Plant Biology and Forest Genetics, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, 750 07 Uppsala, Sweden.


The transcription regulatory oncoprotein c-Myc controls genes involved in cell growth, apoptosis, and oncogenesis. c-Myc is turned over very quickly through the ubiquitin/proteasome pathway. The proteins involved in this process are still unknown. We have found that Skp2 interacts with c-Myc and participates in its ubiquitylation and degradation. The interaction between Skp2 and c-Myc occurs during the G1 to S phase transition of the cell cycle in normal lymphocytes. Surprisingly, Skp2 enhances c-Myc-induced S phase transition and activates c-Myc target genes in a Myc-dependent manner. Further, Myc-induced transcription was shown to be Skp2 dependent, suggesting interdependence between c-Myc and Skp2 in activation of transcription. Moreover, Myc-dependent association of Skp2, ubiquitylated proteins, and subunits of the proteasome to a c-Myc target promoter was demonstrated in vivo. The results suggest that Skp2 is a transcriptional cofactor for c-Myc and indicates a close relationship between transcription activation and transcription factor ubiquitination.

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