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Multiple protein kinase A-regulated events are required for transcriptional induction by cAMP.

By P Brindle, T Nakajima and M Montminy


The second messenger cAMP stimulates the expression of numerous genes via the protein kinase A-mediated phosphorylation of the cAMP response element-binding protein (CREB) at Ser-133. Ser-133 phosphorylation, in turn, appears to induce target gene expression by promoting interaction between CREB and CBP, a 265-kDa nuclear phospho-CREB-binding protein. It is unclear, however, whether Ser-133 phosphorylation per se is sufficient for CREB-CBP complex formation and for target gene induction in vivo. Here we examine CREB activity in Jurkat T cells after stimulation of the T-cell receptor (TCR), an event that leads to calcium entry and diacylglycerol production. Triggering of the TCR stimulated Ser-133 phosphorylation of CREB with high stoichiometry, but TCR activation did not promote CREB-CBP complex formation or target gene induction unless suboptimal doses of cAMP agonist were provided as a costimulus. Our results demonstrate that, in addition to mediating Ser-133 phosphorylation of CREB, protein kinase A regulates additional proteins that are required for recruitment of the transcriptional apparatus to cAMP-responsive genes

Topics: Research Article
Year: 1995
DOI identifier: 10.1073/pnas.92.23.10521
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Provided by: PubMed Central
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