Modification of p53 with O-linked N-acetylglucosamine regulates p53 activity and stability

Won Ho Yang, Ji Eun Kim, Hyung Wook Nam, Jung Won Ju, Hoe Suk Kim, Yu Sam Kim, Jin Won Cho

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Post-translational addition of O-linked N-acetylglucosamine (O-GlcNAc) to p53 is known to occur, but the site of O-GlcNAcylation and its effects on p53 are not understood. Here, we show that Ser 149 of p53 is O-GlcNAcylated and that this modification is associated with decreased phosphorylation of p53 at Thr 155, which is a site that is targeted by the COP9 signalosome, resulting in decreased p53 ubiquitination. Accordingly, O-GlcNAcylation at Ser 149 stabilizes p53 by blocking ubiquitin-dependent proteolysis. Our results indicate that the dynamic interplay between O-GlcNAc and O-phosphate modifications coordinately regulate p53 stability and activity.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1074-1083
Number of pages10
JournalNature Cell Biology
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - 2006 Oct

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Funding Information:
This work was supported by grants from the Korea Science and Engineering Foundation through the center for Protein Network Research Center at Yonsei University (R112000078020010); the Glycomics Research Program of Ministry of Science and Technology (2004-02130 to J.W.C.); a Korea Research Foundation Grant (KRF-2004-005-C00112), through the Yonsei Biomedical Science and Technology Initiative Program; and, in part, by a grant from the Korea Health 21 R&D Project, via the Ministry of Health & Welfare, Republic of Korea (03-PJ10-PG6-GP01-0002). This work was also supported, in part, by Brain Korea 21 project. This work was made possible through the use of research facilities in the Yonsei Center for Biotechnology.

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  • Cell Biology


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