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Cell Death Differ. 2009 Feb;16(2):208-18. doi: 10.1038/cdd.2008.142. Epub 2008 Oct 17.

A caspase-dependent cleavage of CDC25A generates an active fragment activating cyclin-dependent kinase 2 during apoptosis.

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Département Oncogenèse et Signalisation dans cellules Hématopoïétiques, INSERM U563-IFR30, Centre de Physiopathologie Toulouse-Purpan, CHU Purpan, 31024 Toulouse Cedex 3, France.


The cellular level of the CDC25A phosphatase is tightly regulated during both the normal and genotoxic-perturbed cell cycle. Here, we describe a caspase-dependent cleavage of this protein at residue D223 in non-genotoxic apoptotic conditions. This specific proteolysis generates a catalytically active C-terminal fragment that localizes to the nuclear compartment. Accumulation of this active CDC25A fragment leads to reduced inhibitory phosphorylation of the CDC25A substrate cyclin-dependent kinase 2 (CDK2) on Tyr15. Moreover, CDK2 was found stably associated with this fragment, as well as with an ectopically expressed CDC25A224-525 truncation mutant that mimicks the cleavage product. Ectopic expression of this mutant induced CDK2 Tyr15 dephosphorylation, whereas its catalytically inactive version did not. Finally, this 224-525 mutant initiated apoptosis when transfected into HeLa cells, whereas its catalytic inactive form did not. Altogether, this study demonstrates for the first time that caspase-dependent cleavage of CDC25A is a central step linking CDK2 activation with non-genotoxic apoptotic induction.

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