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Human papillomavirus type 16 E7 oncoprotein inhibits apoptosis mediated by nuclear insulin-like growth factor-binding protein-3 by enhancing its ubiquitin/proteasome-dependent degradation

Frédéric R. Santer, Barbara Moser, Gilles A. Spoden, Pidder Jansen-Dürr and Werner Zwerschke

in Carcinogenesis

Volume 28, issue 12, pages 2511-2520
Published in print December 2007 | ISSN: 0143-3334
Published online September 2007 | e-ISSN: 1460-2180 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/carcin/bgm199
Human papillomavirus type 16 E7 oncoprotein inhibits apoptosis mediated by nuclear insulin-like growth factor-binding protein-3 by enhancing its ubiquitin/proteasome-dependent degradation

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The E7 protein encoded by the oncogenic human papillomavirus type 16 has been shown to bind and inactivate insulin-like growth factor-binding protein-3 (IGFBP-3), the pro-apoptotic product of a tumour suppressor gene; however, the molecular mechanism underlying E7-induced inactivation of IGFBP-3 remained uncertain. In this study, we map the IGFBP-3-binding domain for E7 to the nuclear localization signal in the conserved C-terminal domain of IGFBP-3. Moreover, we demonstrate that both proteins interact in the nucleus and that E7 induces polyubiquitination and proteasome-dependent proteolysis of nuclear IGFBP-3 in cervical cancer cells. This leads to a dramatic shortening of the half-life of nuclear IGFBP-3, whereas the stability of an E7-non-binding IGFBP-3 mutant is not affected by E7. Finally, we show that E7-mediated destruction of nuclear IGFBP-3 correlates with the inhibition of IGFBP-3-induced apoptotic cell death. These data are consistent with E7-induced ubiquitin/proteasome-dependent inactivation of nuclear IGFBP-3.

Journal Article.  6523 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Clinical Cytogenetics and Molecular Genetics

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