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Cell Death Differ. 2007 Sep;14(9):1561-75. Epub 2007 Jul 13.

How important are post-translational modifications in p53 for selectivity in target-gene transcription and tumour suppression?

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Division of Developmental Immunology, Biocenter, Innsbruck Medical University, Innsbruck, Austria.


A number of elegant studies exploring the consequences of expression of various mutant forms of p53 in mice have been published over the last years. The results and conclusions drawn from these studies often contradict results previously obtained in biochemical assays and cell biology studies, questioning their relevance for p53 function in vivo. Owing to the multitude of post-translational modifications imposed on p53, however, the in vivo validation of their relevance for proper protein function and tumour suppression is constantly lagging behind new biochemical discoveries. Nevertheless, mouse genetics presents again its enormous power. Despite being relatively slow and tedious, it has become indispensable for researchers to sort out the wheat from the chaff in an endless sea of publications on p53.

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