• B55alpha modulates the phosphorylation status of the pRb-related p107 and p130 proteins

      Graña-Amat, Xavier; Reddy, E. Premkumar; Haines, Dale; Shore, Scott K.; Soprano, Kenneth J. (Temple University. Libraries, 2010)
      The retinoblastoma family of phosphoproteins consisting of the retinoblastoma protein (pRB) and the two structurally related proteins p130 and p107 play an important role in the negative regulation of cell cycle progression. Hypophosphorylated pocket proteins interact with the different members of the E2F family and repress the transcription of E2F-dependent genes and consequently suppress cell cycle progression through the G0/G1 transition and the restriction point in G1. Mitogenic stimulation results in sequential activation of cyclin/CDK complexes in mid to late G1, leading to subsequent hyperphosphorylation at multiple Ser/Thr sites of pocket proteins triggering dissociation of pocket protein/E2F complexes. This disruption leads to de-repression of many E2F dependent genes whose products are essential for cell cycle progression. The traditional view has been that pocket proteins continue to be hyperphosphorylated through the S and G2 phases and following cyclin/CDK inactivation during mitotic exit become dephosphorylated by action of PP1. However, our lab observed that upon treatment of asynchronously growing cells with the CDK inhibitor Flavopiridol or CHX, pocket proteins, are rapidly dephosphorylated correlating with the inactivation of G1/CDKs and down regulation of D-type cyclins, respectively. Pocket protein dephosphorylation was prevented by pre-treating these cells with phosphtase inhibitors at a concentration selective for PP2A, implicating PP2A or PP2A-like serine/threonine phosphatase in this iii process. The involvement of PP2A on pocket protein dephosphorylation was further strengthened by the observation that SV40 small t antigen (ST) delays/prevents p107 dephosphorylation. Moreover, a physical association between PP2A/C and p130/p107 was observed throughout the cell cycle that was not affected by CHX treatment, strongly suggesting that CHX-induced dephosphorylation is not the result of increased pocket protein targeting by PP2A, but rather that a dynamic equilibrium between CDKs and PP2A is shifted to dephosphorylation when CDK activity is compromised. This dynamic equilibrium operates throughout the cell cycle. PP2A is a trimeric enzyme complex consisting of a catalytic C, a structural A and substrate specific B subunit. There are four families of regulatory B subunits designated B, B’, B’’ and B’’’, each with several members encoded by genes with multiple splice variants that mediate substrate specificity and subcellular localization. It has been reported recently that in excess of 200 functional distinct PP2A holoenzymes can assemble with distinct specificities. Therefore, to gain insight into the mechanisms that regulate the steady state phosphorylation of pocket proteins throughout the cell cycle, it was essential to identify the specific holoenzyme complexes involved. To this end, it was identified that a PP2A trimeric holoenzyme containing B55α specifically targets and dephosphorylates p107/p130 both in vitro and in mammalian cells. B55α associates directly with the spacer of p107 and this interaction seems to be indirectly enhanced by the C-terminus of p107. The decreased association of p107 with PP2A/C of the B55α/PP2A holoenzyme complex upon treatment with ST further confirmed the role of B55α in mediating p107-PP2A/C interaction. Our data also revealed an interaction between B55α and p130, but not pRb, which appears to prefer a PR70, suggesting selectivity in the interaction of pocket proteins with distinct PP2A holoenzymes. In accordance with this, recombinant purified B55α dephosphorylates p107 in vitro. Limited ectopic expression of B55α but not other subunits, result in ST sensitive dephosphorylation of p107 and p130 in cells. Further shRNA mediated knockdown of B55α results in hyperphosphorylation of p107 and p130. This suggests that the cellular levels of B55α are critical in modulating the phosphorylation status of p107/p130 rather than just catalyzing the dephosphorylation of these proteins when the activity of CDKs is compromised. Since ST disrupts the B55α/PP2A holoenzyme complex by binding to the PP2A-A-C dimer and leads to hyperphosphorylation of pocket proteins it is conceivable that ST mediates its effects on cell proliferation at least in part, via inactivation of the PP2A holoenzymes that activates pocket proteins. Given the sensitivity of p107 phosphorylation to the cellular levels of B55α, future analyses should ascertain if deregulation of B55α leads to hyperphosphorylation of pocket proteins and abnormal cell cycle progression.