AGC kinases regulate phosphorylation and activation of eukaryotic translation initiation factor 4B

Molecular Immunology Laboratory, Department of Immunology, University Medical Center Utrecht, Utrecht, The Netherlands.
Oncogene (Impact Factor: 8.46). 11/2008; 28(1):95-106. DOI: 10.1038/onc.2008.367
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Eukaryotic translation initiation factor 4B (eIF4B) plays a critical role during the initiation of protein synthesis and its activity can be regulated by multiple phosphorylation events. In a search for novel protein kinase B (PKB/c-akt) substrates, we identified eIF4B as a potential target. Using an in vitro kinase assay, we found that PKB can directly phosphorylate eIF4B on serine 422 (ser422). Activation of a conditional PKB mutant, interleukin-3 (IL-3) or insulin stimulation resulted in PKB-dependent phosphorylation of this residue in vivo. This was prevented by pretreatment of cells with the phosphatidylinositol 3-kinase (PI3K) inhibitor LY294002 or pharmacological inhibition of PKB. Pretreatment of cells with rapamycin, inhibiting mTOR or U0126 to inhibit MEK, had little effect on eIF4B ser422 phosphorylation. In contrast, following amino-acid refeeding, eIF4B ser422 phosphorylation was found to be mammalian target of rapamycin (mTOR)-dependent. We further identified eIF4B ser406 as a novel mitogen-regulated phosphorylation site. Insulin-induced phosphorylation of eIF4B ser406 was dependent on both MEK and mTOR activity. Utilizing a novel translational control luciferase assay, we could further demonstrate that phosphorylation of ser406 or ser422 is essential for optimal translational activity of eIF4B. These data provide novel insights into complex multikinase regulation of eIF4B phosphorylation and reveal an important mechanism by which PKB can regulate translation, potentially critical for the transforming capacity of this AGC kinase family member.

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    • "The best studied phosphorylation site is Ser422 by p70/S6kinase in response to mTOR pathway (Holz et al., 2005). Ser422 can also be phosphorylated by p90 (RSK) and PKB (Shahbazian et al., 2006; van Gorp et al., 2009). Ser406 phosphorylation is cell cycle dependent and under control of mTOR and MAP kinase pathways (van Gorp et al., 2009). "

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    • "The process is thought to be important for recruiting the 40S ribosome to the mRNA-eIF4F complex. eIF4B is phosphorylated at Ser422 by Akt directly (van Gorp et al., 2009) and by Ser406 and Ser422 in MEK and mTOR/p79S6K-dependent manner (Raught et al., 2004; Shahbazian et al., 2006). Phosphorylated eIF4B enhances eIF4A helicase activity, suggesting that mTORC2 also participates in translational control. "
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    • "Ser406 has also been shown to be phosphorylated by proproliferative and pro-survival protein kinase Pim-2 that is thought to regulate the cell cycle in an mTOR independent manner [46]. Interestingly, S406A substitution abrogates stimulatory effect of eIF4B overexpression in vivo similarly to S422A [44]. Although in early work [35] Ser406 was shown to be dispensable for phosphorylation of both Ser422 and the other site (the above mentioned undetermined, serum-independent one), it may nevertheless play an important role in manifestation of their effects in vivo. "
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