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Nat Cell Biol. 2008 Nov;10(11):1333-40. doi: 10.1038/ncb1792. Epub 2008 Oct 5.

Tethering by lamin A stabilizes and targets the ING1 tumour suppressor.

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Departments of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology and Oncology, Faculty of Medicine, University of Calgary, 3330 Hospital Dr. NW, Calgary, Alberta, Canada.


ING proteins interact with core histones through their plant homeodomains (PHDs) and with histone acetyltransferase (HAT) and histone deacetylase (HDAC) complexes to alter chromatin structure. Here we identify a lamin interaction domain (LID) found only in ING proteins, through which they bind to and colocalize with lamin A. Lamin knockout (LMNA(-/-)) cells show reduced levels of ING1 that mislocalize. Ectopic lamin A expression increases ING1 levels and re-targets it to the nucleus to act as an epigenetic regulator. ING1 lacking the LID does not interact with lamin A or affect apoptosis. In LMNA(-/-) cells, apoptosis is not affected by ING1. Mutation of lamin A results in several laminopathies, including Hutchinson-Gilford progeria syndrome (HGPS), a severe premature ageing disorder. HGPS cells have reduced ING1 levels that mislocalize. Expression of LID peptides to block lamin A-ING1 interaction induces phenotypes reminiscent of laminopathies including HGPS. These data show that targeting of ING1 to the nucleus by lamin A maintains ING1 levels and biological function. Known roles for ING proteins in regulating apoptosis and chromatin structure indicate that loss of lamin A-ING interaction may be an effector of lamin A loss, contributing to the HGPS phenotype.

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