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J Immunol. 2005 Nov 1;175(9):6205-10.

Cdc2/cyclin B1 interacts with and modulates inositol 1,4,5-trisphosphate receptor (type 1) functions.

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Vascular Biology Laboratory, Department of Neurosurgery, St. Luke's Roosevelt Hospital Center, New York, NY 10025, USA.

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  • J Immunol. 2005 Dec 15;175(12):8440.


The resistance of inositol 1,4,5-trisphosphate receptor (IP3R)-deficient cells to multiple forms of apoptosis demonstrates the importance of IP3-gated calcium (Ca2+) release to cellular apoptosis. However, the specific upstream biochemical events leading to IP3-gated Ca2+ release during apoptosis induction are not known. We have shown previously that the cyclin-dependent kinase 1/cyclin B (cdk1/CyB or cdc2/CyB) complex phosphorylates IP3R1 in vitro and in vivo at Ser421 and Thr799. In this study, we show that: 1) the cdc2/CyB complex directly interacts with IP3R1 through Arg391, Arg441, and Arg871; 2) IP3R1 phosphorylation at Thr799 by the cdc2/CyB complex increases IP3 binding; and 3) cdc2/CyB phosphorylation increases IP3-gated Ca2+ release. Taken together, these results demonstrate that cdc2/CyB phosphorylation positively regulates IP3-gated Ca2+ signaling. In addition, identification of a CyB docking site(s) on IP3R1 demonstrates, for the first time, a direct interaction between a cell cycle component and an intracellular calcium release channel. Blocking this phosphorylation event with a specific peptide inhibitor(s) may constitute a new therapy for the treatment of several human immune disorders.

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