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Organochlorine-mediated potentiation of the general coactivator p300 through p38 mitogen-activated protein kinase

Melyssa R. Bratton, Daniel E. Frigo, Katinka A. Vigh-Conrad, Daju Fan, Scott Wadsworth, John A. McLachlan and Matthew E. Burow

in Carcinogenesis

Volume 30, issue 1, pages 106-113
Published in print January 2009 | ISSN: 0143-3334
Published online September 2008 | e-ISSN: 1460-2180 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/carcin/bgn213
Organochlorine-mediated potentiation of the general coactivator p300 through p38 mitogen-activated protein kinase

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The activity of nuclear transcription factors is often regulated by specific kinase-signaling pathways. We have previously shown that the organochlorine pesticide dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane (DDT) stimulates activator protein-1 activity through the p38 mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAPK). Here, we show that DDT and its metabolites also stimulate the transcriptional activity of cyclic adenosine monophosphate response element-binding protein and Elk1 and potentiate gene expression through cyclic adenosine monophosphate and hypoxia response elements. Because DDT stimulates gene expression through various transcription factors and hence multiple response elements, we hypothesized that p38 signaling targets a common shared transcriptional activator. Here, we demonstrate using both pharmacological and molecular techniques, the general coactivator p300 is phosphorylated and potentiated by the p38 MAPK signaling cascade. We further show that p38 directly phosphorylates p300 in its N-terminus. These results, together with our previous work, suggest that p38 stimulates downstream transcription factors in part by targeting the general coactivator p300.

Journal Article.  4889 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Clinical Cytogenetics and Molecular Genetics

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