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Cell Cycle. 2013 Apr 15;12(8):1201-10. doi: 10.4161/cc.24231. Epub 2013 Mar 21.

PP2A(Cdc55) regulates G1 cyclin stability.

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Venenum Biodesign, Genesis Biotechnology Group, Hamilton, NJ, USA.


Maintaining accurate progression through the cell cycle requires the proper temporal expression and regulation of cyclins. The mammalian D-type cyclins promote G1-S transition. D1 cyclin protein stability is regulated through its ubiquitylation and resulting proteolysis catalyzed by the SCF E3 ubiquitin ligase complex containing the F-box protein, Fbx4. SCF E3-ligase-dependent ubiquitylation of D1 is trigged by an increase in the phosphorylation status of the cyclin. As inhibition of ubiquitin-dependent D1 degradation is seen in many human cancers, we set out to uncover how D-type cyclin phosphorylation is regulated. Here we show that in S. cerevisiae, a heterotrimeric protein phosphatase 2A (PP2A(Cdc55)) containing the mammalian PPP2R2/PR55 B subunit ortholog Cdc55 regulates the stability of the G1 cyclin Cln2 by directly regulating its phosphorylation state. Cells lacking Cdc55 contain drastically reduced Cln2 levels caused by degradation due to cdk-dependent hyperphosphorylation, as a Cln2 mutant unable to be phosphorylated by the yeast cdk Cdc28 is highly stable in cdc55-null cells. Moreover, cdc55-null cells become inviable when the SCF(Grr1) activity known to regulate Cln2 levels is eliminated or when Cln2 is overexpressed, indicating a critical relationship between SCF and PP2A functions in regulating cell cycle progression through modulation of G1-S cyclin degradation/stability. In sum, our results indicate that PP2A is absolutely required to maintain G1-S cyclin levels through modulating their phosphorylation status, an event necessary to properly transit through the cell cycle.


cell cycle; cyclin; phosphorylation; protein phosphatase; ubiquitin

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