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Cell Cycle. 2007 Oct 1;6(19):2327-31. Epub 2007 Jul 26.

Fbw7 and Usp28 regulate myc protein stability in response to DNA damage.

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Institute of Molecular Biology and Tumor Research, Emil-Mannkopff-Str. 2, Marburg, Germany.


The cellular levels of the Myc oncoprotein are critical determinants of cell proliferation, cell growth and apoptosis and are tightly regulated by external growth factors. Levels of Myc oncoprotein also decline in response to intracellular stress signals such as DNA damage. We show here that this decline is in part due to proteasomal degradation and that it is mediated by the Fbw7 ubiquitin ligase. We have shown previously that the ubiquitin-specific protease Usp28, binds to the nucleoplasmic isoform of Fbw7, Fbw7alpha, and counteracts its function in mammalian cells. Usp28 dissociates from Fbw7alpha in response to UV irradiation, providing a mechanism how Fbw7-mediated degradation of Myc is enhanced upon DNA damage. Our data extend previous observations that link Myc function to the cellular response to DNA damage.

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