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Oncogene. 1996 Oct 3;13(7):1531-5.

Phosphorylation-dependent targeting of c-Jun ubiquitination by Jun N-kinase.

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Molecular Carcinogenesis Program, American Health Foundation, Valhalla, New York 10595, USA.

Abstract

Ubiquitination of key cellular regulatory proteins marks them for efficient degradation via the proteasome pathway. The delta domain of c-jun is essential for its ubiquitination and also for the activating phosphorylation of neighboring serines by the stress activated jun-N-terminal kinases (JNK). Using an in vitro model system we demonstrate that JNK is among the hydrophobic binding proteins that target c-jun for efficient ubiquitination. Immunodepletion of JNK markedly inhibits c-jun ubiquitination. Conversely, c-jun ubiquitination is increased by adding purified JNK2 or extracts prepared from cells transfected with JNK2. Although c-jun ubiquitination is enhanced by JNK, the phosphorylation of c-jun on Ser73 by JNK protects c-jun from ubiquitination and prolongs its half-life. The dual activity of JNK in targeting c-jun for ubiquitination or in protecting c-jun from entering this pathway via phosphorylation points to the role of JNK in the control of c-jun stability in cells exposed to environmental stress or inflammatory cytokines.

PMID:
8875991
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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