Acetylation-dependent regulation of essential iPS-inducing factors: A regulatory crossroad for pluripotency and tumorigenesis

Xiangpeng Dai, Pengda Liu, Alan W. Lau, Yueyong Liu, Hiroyuki Inuzuka

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Abstract

Induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cells can be generated from somatic cells by coexpression of four transcription factors: Sox2, Oct4, Klf4, and c-Myc. However, the low efficiency in generating iPS cells and the tendency of tumorigenesis hinder the therapeutic applications for iPS cells in treatment of human diseases. To this end, it remains largely unknown how the iPS process is subjected to regulation by upstream signaling pathway(s). Here, we report that Akt regulates the iPS process by modulating posttranslational modifications of these iPS factors in both direct and indirect manners. Specifically, Akt directly phosphorylates Oct4 to modulate the Oct4/Sox2 heterodimer formation. Furthermore, Akt either facilitates the p300-mediated acetylation of Oct4, Sox2, and Klf4, or stabilizes Klf4 by inactivating GSK3, thus indirectly modulating stemness. As tumorigenesis shares possible common features and mechanisms with iPS, our study suggests that Akt inhibition might serve as a cancer therapeutic approach to target cancer stem cells. Akt regulates the induced pluripotent stem (iPS) process by modulating posttranslational modifications of iPS factors in both direct and indirect manners. Specifically, Akt directly phosphorylates Oct4 to modulate the Oct4/Sox2 heterodimer formation. Furthermore, Akt either facilitates the p300-mediated acetylation of Oct4, Sox2, and Klf4, or stabilizes Klf4 by inactivating GSK3, to indirectly modulate stemness.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1211-1224
Number of pages14
JournalCancer medicine
Volume3
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2014 Oct 1
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Akt
  • Klf4
  • Oct4
  • P300
  • Sox2
  • iPS cell

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
  • Cancer Research

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