Dyrk1A phosphorylates p53 and inhibits proliferation of embryonic neuronal cells

Joongkyu Park, Yohan Oh, Lang Yoo, Min Su Jung, Woo Joo Song, Sang Hun Lee, Hyemyung Seo, Kwang Chul Chung

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Abstract

Down syndrome (DS) is associated with many neural defects, including reduced brain size and impaired neuronal proliferation, highly contributing to the mental retardation. Those typical characteristics of DS are closely associated with a specific gene group "Down syndrome critical region" (DSCR) on human chromosome 21. Here we investigated the molecular mechanisms underlying impaired neuronal proliferation in DS and, more specifically, a regulatory role for dual-specificity tyrosine-(Y) phosphorylation-regulated kinase 1A (Dyrk1A), a DSCR gene product, in embryonic neuronal cell proliferation. We found that Dyrk1A phosphorylates p53 at Ser-15 in vitro and in immortalized rat embryonic hippocampal progenitor H19-7 cells. In addition, Dyrk1A-induced p53 phosphorylation at Ser-15 led to a robust induction of p53 target genes (e.g. p21CIP1) and impaired G1/G 0-S phase transition, resulting in attenuated proliferation of H19-7 cells and human embryonic stem cell-derived neural precursor cells. Moreover, the point mutation of p53-Ser-15 to alanine rescued the inhibitory effect of Dyrk1A on neuronal proliferation. Accordingly, brains from embryonic DYRK1A transgenic mice exhibited elevated levels of Dyrk1A, Ser-15 (mouse Ser-18)-phosphorylated p53, and p21CIP1 as well as impaired neuronal proliferation. These findings suggest that up-regulation of Dyrk1A contributes to altered neuronal proliferation in DS through specific phosphorylation of p53 at Ser-15 and subsequent p21CIP1 induction.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)31895-31906
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Biological Chemistry
Volume285
Issue number41
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2010 Oct 8

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Down Syndrome
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Brain
Cell proliferation
Chromosomes
Stem cells
Alanine
Chromosomes, Human, Pair 21
Tyrosine
Rats
Phase Transition
p53 Genes
Human Chromosomes
Phosphotransferases
Phase transitions
S Phase
Point Mutation
Intellectual Disability
Transgenic Mice

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  • Molecular Biology
  • Cell Biology

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Park, Joongkyu ; Oh, Yohan ; Yoo, Lang ; Jung, Min Su ; Song, Woo Joo ; Lee, Sang Hun ; Seo, Hyemyung ; Chung, Kwang Chul. / Dyrk1A phosphorylates p53 and inhibits proliferation of embryonic neuronal cells. In: Journal of Biological Chemistry. 2010 ; Vol. 285, No. 41. pp. 31895-31906.
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Dyrk1A phosphorylates p53 and inhibits proliferation of embryonic neuronal cells. / Park, Joongkyu; Oh, Yohan; Yoo, Lang; Jung, Min Su; Song, Woo Joo; Lee, Sang Hun; Seo, Hyemyung; Chung, Kwang Chul.

In: Journal of Biological Chemistry, Vol. 285, No. 41, 08.10.2010, p. 31895-31906.

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