PKA, PKC, and the protein phosphatase 2A influence HAND factor function: a mechanism for tissue-specific transcriptional regulation.

Wells Center for Pediatric Research, James Whitcomb Riley Hospital for Children, 702 Barnhill Drive, Room 2666, Indianapolis, IN 46202, USA.
Molecular Cell (Impact Factor: 14.02). 12/2003; 12(5):1225-37.
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The bHLH factors HAND1 and HAND2 are required for heart, vascular, neuronal, limb, and extraembryonic development. Unlike most bHLH proteins, HAND factors exhibit promiscuous dimerization properties. We report that phosphorylation/dephosphorylation via PKA, PKC, and a specific heterotrimeric protein phosphatase 2A (PP2A) modulates HAND function. The PP2A targeting-subunit B56delta specifically interacts with HAND1 and -2, but not other bHLH proteins. PKA and PKC phosphorylate HAND proteins in vivo, and only B56delta-containing PP2A complexes reduce levels of HAND1 phosphorylation. During RCHOI trophoblast stem cell differentiation, B56delta expression is downregulated and HAND1 phosphorylation increases. Mutations in phosphorylated residues result in altered HAND1 dimerization and biological function. Taken together, these results suggest that site-specific phosphorylation regulates HAND factor functional specificity.

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    • "RESEARCH ARTICLE Development (2014) 141, 1-11 doi:10.1242/dev.106336 DEVELOPMENT expressed by this transgene features substitution of the residues T103 and S105 with alanines (supplementary material Fig. S1), thereby preventing their phosphorylation; extrapolating from prior studies of Hand1 and Twist1, these changes may promote affinity for homodimerization rather than heterodimerization with E proteins (Firulli et al., 2003, 2005). We compared the effects of inducing expression of hand2, hand2 AA and hand2 P , using inducible transgenes to overexpress each variant (supplementary material Fig. S3). "
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