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Biochim Biophys Acta. 2008 Jun;1783(6):1121-8. doi: 10.1016/j.bbamcr.2008.02.020. Epub 2008 Mar 5.

Pin1 interacts with c-Myb in a phosphorylation-dependent manner and regulates its transactivation activity.

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Institute of Molecular Cancer Research, University of Zurich, Winterthurerstr. 190, CH-8057 Zurich, Switzerland.


Activity and stability of the proto-oncogene c-Myb are regulated by post-translational modifications, though the molecular mechanisms underlying such control are only partially understood. Here we describe the functional interaction of c-Myb with Pin1, an isomerase that binds to phosphorylated Ser/Thr-Pro motifs. We found that co-expression of c-Myb and Pin1 led to a net increase of c-Myb transactivation activity, both on reporter constructs as well as on an endogenous target gene. DNA-binding studies revealed that Pin1 did not increase the association of c-Myb with its response element in DNA. The increase of c-Myb transactivation activity was strictly dependent on the presence of an active catalytic center in Pin1. We provide evidence that c-Myb and Pin1 physically interacted, both upon ectopic expression of the proteins in HEK-293 cells as well as in the more physiological setting of HL60 cells, where c-Myb and Pin1 are resident proteins. By point mutating each individual Ser/Thr-Pro motif in c-Myb as well as by using deletion mutants we show that S528 in the EVES-motif was the docking site for Pin1. Mass spectrometry confirmed that S528 is phosphorylated in vivo. Finally, functional studies showed that mutation of S528 to alanine almost abolished the increase of transactivation activity by Pin1. This study reveals a new paradigm by which phosphorylation controls c-Myb function.

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