Examining the role of phosphorylation of p19INK4din its stability and ubiquitination using chemical protein synthesis

Muna Msallam, Hao Sun, Roman Meledin, Pauline Franz, Ashraf Brik

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Abstract

p19INK4dplays an important role in the regulation of the cell cycle by inhibiting the function of cyclin-dependent kinases 4/6 that is responsible for the phosphorylation and deactivation of the retinoblastoma protein (pRb) tumour suppressor. Recently, it was reported that phosphorylation of p19INK4dat Ser76 and Ser66 causes structural changes, which lead to its ubiquitination and degradation. Yet the exact contribution of each phosphorylation site remains unclear. To shed light on the role of these sites, we developed the chemical synthesis of unmodified, mono- and doubly phosphorylated p19INK4dusing state of the art methods for chemical protein synthesis. The synthesized proteins were characterized by circular dichroism and biochemical methods to examine the effect of phosphorylation on the thermal stability and ubiquitination, respectively. Our results provide clear determination of p19INK4dstability upon phosphorylation at different sites and reveal that phosphorylation of both Ser residues might be necessary for promoting ubiquitination of p19INK4d.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)5526-5531
Number of pages6
JournalChemical Science
Volume11
Issue number21
DOIs
StatePublished - 7 Jun 2020

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Chemistry

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