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Oncogene. 2007 Jul 19;26(33):4797-805. Epub 2007 Feb 19.

Adenoviral E1B55K oncoprotein sequesters candidate leukemia suppressor sequence-specific single-stranded DNA-binding protein 2 into aggresomes.

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Department of Molecular Genetics, MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX 77030, USA.


Sequence-specific single-stranded DNA-binding protein 2 (SSBP2) is a candidate tumor suppressor for human acute myelogenous leukemia (AML). Inducible expression of SSBP2 causes growth arrest and partial differentiation in AML cells. Here, we report that the adenoviral oncoprotein E1B55K directly binds to endogenous SSBP2 protein and sequesters it into juxtanuclear bodies in adenovirally transformed human embryonic kidney (HEK) 293 cells. Similarly, transient expression of E1B55K in IMR90 fibroblasts and HeLa cells result in the formation of juxtanuclear bodies containing SSBP2. When nuclear export of E1B55K is prevented, SSBP2 remains associated with E1B55K in nuclear foci. A requirement for intact microtubules to retain the integrity of the juxtanuclear bodies suggests them to be E1B55K containing aggresomes. The adenoviral E1B55K protein has been shown to localize to the Mre11 complex and p53 to aggresome structures; together with the viral E4orf6 protein, E1B55K recruits a cellular E3 ubiquitin ligase that induces degradation of Mre11 and p53. However, our present studies reveal that E1B55K does not degrade SSBP2. These data demonstrate that E1B55K targets the candidate leukemia suppressor SSBP2 and suggest that subverting its function may contribute to cell transformation by viral oncoproteins.

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