The Codon 72 Polymorphism of p53 Regulates Interaction with NF- B and Transactivation of Genes Involved in Immunity and Inflammation

Fox Chase Cancer Center, W209, 333 Cottman Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19111, USA.
Molecular and Cellular Biology (Impact Factor: 4.78). 02/2011; 31(6):1201-13. DOI: 10.1128/MCB.01136-10
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A common polymorphism at codon 72 in the p53 tumor suppressor gene encodes either proline (P72) or arginine (R72). Several groups have reported that in cultured cells,
this polymorphism influences p53's transcriptional, senescence, and apoptotic functions. However, the impact of this polymorphism
within the context of a living organism is poorly understood. We generated knock-in mice with the P72 and R72 variants and
analyzed the tissues of these mice for apoptosis and transcription. In the thymus, we find that the P72 variant induces increased
apoptosis following ionizing radiation, along with increased transactivation of a subset of p53 target genes, which includes
murine Caspase 4 (also called Caspase 11), which we show is a direct p53 target gene. Interestingly, the majority of genes in this subset have roles in inflammation,
and their promoters contain NF-κB binding sites. We show that caspase 4/11 requires both p53 and NF-κB for full induction
after DNA damage and that the P72 variant shows increased interaction with p65 RelA, a subunit of NF-κB. Consistent with this,
we show that P72 mice have a markedly enhanced response to inflammatory challenge compared to that of R72 mice. Our data indicate
that the codon 72 polymorphism impacts p53's role in inflammation.

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    • "In fact, a majority of gastric cancers bear mutations in the p53 DNA binding domain, thus rendering it transcriptionally inactive [42]. A recent study by Frank et al. reported that codon72 polymorphism of TP53 substantially affects the ability of p53 to cooperate with NF-κB for gene transactivation, particularly in the induction of apoptosis through caspase 4/11 [40]. Together with the present finding that some transcriptional activity of p53 require NF-κB in response to 5-FU, p53 codon 72 polymorphism for its NF-κB binding may be more influential than mutational status of TP53 or protein expression status of p53. "
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    • "All efforts were made to minimize suffering. P72 and R72 Hupki mice used for thymocyte analysis were generated as previously described [15]. These mice were created in C57BL/6–129 background and backcrossed to C57BL/6 for mice for 7 generations. "
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    • "Another link between p53 and inflammation is suggested by studies demonstrating the presence of TP53 mutations in areas of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) synovial tissues [66–69]. Frank et al. [47] reported that the Arg72Pro polymorphism of TP53 influences the p53-mediated inflammatory response. The role of p53 in innate immunity and the inflammatory response is now well established [70–72] and, importantly, is evolutionarily conserved [73]. "
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