Yoon SY, Lee Y, Kim JH, Chung AS, Joo JH, Kim CN et al.. Over-expression of human UREB1 in colorectal cancer: HECT domain of human UREB1 inhibits the activity of tumor suppressor p53 protein. Biochem Biophys Res Commun 326: 7-17

Laboratory of Cell Biology, Korea Research Institute of Bioscience and Biotechnology, Daejeon 305-600, Republic of Korea.
Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications (Impact Factor: 2.3). 02/2005; 326(1):7-17. DOI: 10.1016/j.bbrc.2004.11.004
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Many fundamental processes, including oncogenesis, have implicated HECT domain proteins with ubiquitin ligase activity. The protein human upstream regulatory element binding protein 1 (hUREB1) is a HECT domain protein whose function is not defined yet. Here, we investigate the function of hUREB1 as a ubiquitin-protein ligase in human colorectal cells. Ectopic expression of the HECT domain of hUREB1 reduces the protein level and transcriptional activity of the p53 tumor suppressor, which is abrogated by the deletion in the HECT domain or point mutations in the essential residues of the HECT domain. The ubiquitination and destabilization of p53 is observed in cells treated with the protease inhibitor MG132, implying that the HECT domain of hUREB1 suppresses the transcriptional activity of p53 through a ubiquitin-dependent degradation pathway. Based on the results of Northern blot analysis, RT-PCR, and immunohistochemical analyses, the over-expression of hUREB1 is associated with colorectal carcinoma. Moreover, protein levels of hUREB1 and p53 were inversely correlated. These findings suggest that hUREB1 can function, at least in part, as a negative regulator of p53 during the colorectal carcinoma progression through the ubiquitination pathway mediated by the HECT domain.

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    • "Our findings provide the mechanism of how DNA damage is reported to Mule, which consequently contributes to activation of the p53-dependent DNA damage response, as well as allowing for DNA repair to be accomplished within a required time frame through the regulation of the levels of DNA Pol β and Pol λ. Additionally, it should be noted that Mule has been shown to be overexpressed in a high percentage of tumour cell lines (18,19). As we demonstrated (Figure 4B and C), elevated levels of Mule may attenuate, at least partially, the upregulation of the p53 protein in response to DNA damage and inhibit prompt DNA repair via the base excision repair pathway; therefore, it may possibly be one of the major reasons for genetic instability in these cancer cells. "
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    • "The importance of the mule gene in colon cancer development was also confirmed by Yoon et al. as expression of this gene was found to be at a moderate or high level in approximately 40% of colon carcinoma tissues (samples from 70 patients were tested) compared to non-tumor colon. Importantly, Mule and p53 levels were found to inversely correlate in the vast majority of colon cancer tissues tested [41]. Furthermore, Chen and co-authors [42] were able to show that Mule protein depletion represses proliferation of breast cancer cell lines characterized by mutations in the p53 gene. "
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    • "We note that most cancer cells also have a disrupted p53 pathway that could blunt the APC-mediated mechanism of Cdc6 degradation. Thus Huwe1, which is also highly expressed in multiple tumor cell lines (Chen et al., 2005; Yoon et al., 2005), may represent the primary means of degrading Cdc6 in p53-null cells and may be particularly important in the response to chemotherapies that damage DNA. Huwe1-depletion in the absence of DNA damage did not result in overt rereplication (data not shown). "
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