Nemo-like kinase suppresses a wide range of transcription factors, including nuclear factor-κB

Jun Yasuda, Hideki Yokoo, Tesshi Yamada, Issay Kitabayashi, Takao Sekiya, Hitoshi Ichikawa

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Nemo-like kinase (NLK) is a serine/threonine kinase that suppresses the transcription activity of the β-catenin-T-cell factor (TCF) complex through phosphorylation of TCF. Our previous study showed that NLK overexpression induces apoptosis in DLD-1 human colon cancer cells and that apoptosis induction presumably requires a mechanism other than the suppression of β-catenin-TCF complex. Luciferase reporter gene assay with pNF-κB-Luc revealed that NLK could suppress transcription activity of NF-κB in a kinase-dependent manner. However, it appeared that transcription co-activators of NF-κB, such as CREB binding protein (CBP)/p300, were likely to be the direct targets of NLK, rather than NF-κB itself. Luciferase reporter gene analysis of GAL4-CBP fusion proteins revealed that the C-terminal region of CBP was critical for transcription suppression by NLK. In vitro kinase assay showed that NLK could phosphorylate the C-terminal domain of CBP. However, HAT activity was not suppressed by the induction of wild-type NLK in DLD-1 cells. Furthermore, we observed that NLK suppressed the transcription activity of AP-1, Smad, and p53, all of which also utilize CBP as a co-activator. The extent of suppression by NLK was similar among the transcription factors tested (50-60% reduction . Our results suggest that NLK may suppress a wide range of gene expression, possibly through CBP.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)52-57
Number of pages6
JournalCancer science
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2004 Jan
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • Cancer Research


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