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Articles by Michael A. McNutt
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  Haiying Wang , Ying Zhao , Lian Li , Michael A. McNutt , Lipeng Wu , Shaoli Lu , Yu Yu , Wen Zhou , Jingnan Feng , Guolin Chai , Yang Yang and Wei-Guo Zhu
  Most agents that damage DNA act through posttranslational modifications of p53 and activate its downstream targets. However, whether cellular responses to nucleoside analogue-induced DNA damage also operate through p53 posttranslational modification has not been reported. In this study, the relationship between p53 activation and its posttranslational modifications was investigated in the human cancer cell lines A549 and HCT116 in response to 5-aza-2`-deoxycytidine (5-aza-CdR) or cytarabine treatment. 5-Aza-CdR induces p53 posttranslational modifications through activation of an ATM- and Rad3-related (ATR) signaling pathway, and 5-aza-CdR-induced association of replication protein A with chromatin is required for the binding of ATR to chromatin. Upon treatment with 5-aza-CdR, ATR activation is clearly associated with p53 phosphorylation at Ser15, but not at Thr18, Ser20, or Ser37. This specific p53 phosphorylation at Ser15 in turn results in acetylation of p53 at Lys320 and Lys373/Lys382 through transcriptional cofactors p300/CBP-associated factor and p300, respectively. These p53 posttranslational modifications are directly responsible for 5-aza-CdR induced p21Waf1/Cip1 expression because the binding activity of acetylated p53 at Lys320/Lys373/Lys382 to the p21Waf1/Cip1 promoter, as well as p21Waf1/Cip1 expression itself are significantly increased after 5-aza-CdR treatment. It is of interest that p53 phosphorylation at Ser15 and acetylations at Lys320/Lys373/Lys382 mutually interact in the 5-aza-CdR induced p21Waf1/Cip1 expression shown by transfection of artificially mutated p53 expression vectors including S15A, K320R, and K373R/K382R into p53-null H1299 cells. These data taken together show for the first time that 5-aza-CdR activates the ATR signaling pathway, which elicits a specific p53 phosphorylation-acetylation cascade to induce p21Waf1/Cip1 expression.

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