Wang X, Tournier CRegulation of cellular functions by the ERK5 signalling pathway. Cell Signal 18: 753-760

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Cellular Signalling (Impact Factor: 4.32). 07/2006; 18(6):753-60. DOI: 10.1016/j.cellsig.2005.11.003
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Extracellular-regulated protein kinase 5 (ERK5) is a mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAPK) regulated by a wide range of mitogens and cellular stresses. Since its cloning in 1995, the lack of biological tools, including antibodies and specific inhibitors, have made it one of the least studied MAPK subfamilies. The discovery that ERK5 was an important contributor to cell survival mechanisms has increased interest in this signalling pathway. The ability of inhibitors of the classical MAPK (ERK1/2) cascade to block ERK5 activation suggested that ERK5 might regulate some cellular functions originally attributed to ERK1/2. For example, ERK5 is suspected to mediate the effects of numerous oncogenes. A link between abnormal levels of ERK5 expression and cancers was established by the analysis of human tumours. Recently, the targeted deletions of the erk5 and the mek5 genes in mice have provided genetic evidence that the ERK5 cascade is a non-redundant signalling pathway essential for normal cardiovascular development. The analysis of genetically modified mice in which the erk5 gene can be specifically deleted in certain tissues is shedding light into the physiological function of the ERK5 pathway during development and pathogenesis.

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    • "Overexpression of miR-143 induced with anti-miR-Bcl-2 partially reversed the inhibition of cell proliferation and promoted apoptosis in the HeLa cells expressing miR-143 [43]. Another experimentally verified target of tumor suppressor microRNAs miR-143 and miR-145 is the cellular gene ERK5 (also known as MAPK7) a mitogenactivated protein kinase (MAPK) regulated by a wide range of mitogens and by cell stress, which promotes cell growth and proliferation in response to tyrosine kinase signaling [44]. In the bladder cancer cell line T24, prostate cancer cell lines LNCaP and C4-2, and the Burkitt lymphoma cell line Raji, ERK5 expression levels were found to be reduced and cell proliferation was inhibited in response to increased levels of miR-143 and miR-145 [40, 45–47]. "
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    • "To the best of our knowledge, this is the first evidence where non-degradative ubiquitination (predominantly K63-linked ubiquitin) is involved in the physical and functional disassembly of a " classical " MAPK module, thus adding another layer in the inactivation of MAPKs. ERK5 is a relatively less studied MAPK despite its importance in vertebrate development and in pathogenic conditions such as cardiac hypertrophy and cancer (Wang & Tournier, 2006). The MEKK2/3-MEK5-ERK5 cascade is activated by numerous stimuli and assembled by distinct PB1 domain-mediated protein–protein interactions, though a role for scaffold proteins such as Lad has been suggested (Sun et al, 2001; Drew et al, 2012). "
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    • "We have confirmed this in leukemic cells with down regulated expression of ERK5 (Charni et al., 2010). ERK5 mediates survival and proliferation (Wang and Tournier, 2006), notably in transformed cells of hematopoietic origin (Buschbeck et al., 2005; Carvajal-Vergara et al., 2005; Garaude et al., 2005, 2006). However, the mechanism by which ERK5 regulates cell metabolism is still unknown. "
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