Ekaterina Gresko

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Sumoylation serves to control key cellular functions, but the regulation of SUMO E3 ligase activity is largely unknown. Here we show that the polycomb group protein Pc2 binds to and colocalizes with homeodomain interacting protein kinase 2 (HIPK2) and serves as a SUMO E3 ligase for this kinase. DNA damage-induced HIPK2 directly phosphorylates Pc2 at(More)
Human NDR1 and 2 (NDR1/2) are serine-threonine protein kinases in a subgroup of the AGC kinase family. The mechanisms of physiological NDR1/2 activation and their function remain largely unknown. Here we report that Fas and TNF-alpha receptor stimulation activates human NDR1/2 by promoting phosphorylation at the hydrophobic motif (Thr444/442). Moreover,(More)
The promyelocytic leukemia (PML) tumor suppressor protein, a central regulator of cell proliferation and apoptosis, is frequently fused to the retinoic acid receptor-alpha (RARalpha) in acute PML. Here we show the interaction of PML with another tumor suppressor protein, the serine/threonine kinase homeodomain-interacting protein kinase (HIPK2). In response(More)
Protein kinase B (PKB/Akt) is ubiquitously expressed in cells. Phosphorylation of its multiple targets in response to various stimuli, including growth factors or cytokines, promotes cell survival and inhibits apoptosis. PKB is upregulated in many different cancers and a significant amount of the enzyme is present in its activated form. Here we show that(More)
Only few case reports describe the pregnancy course and outcome of breast cancer patients, who were under treatment with trastuzumab at the time of conception or who have completed trastuzumab therapy before becoming pregnant. The HERA trial is a large phase III randomized clinical trial in which patients with early HER2-positive breast cancer were(More)
HIPK2 shows overlapping localization with p53 in promyelocytic leukemia (PML) nuclear bodies (PML-NBs) and functionally interacts with p53 to increase gene expression. Here we demonstrate that HIPK2 and the PML-NB resident protein Sp100 synergize for the activation of p53-dependent gene expression. Sp100 and HIPK2 interact and partially colocalize in(More)
The serine/threonine kinase HIPK2 phosphorylates the p53 protein at Ser 46, thus promoting p53-dependent gene expression and subsequent apoptosis. Here, we show that DNA damaging chemotherapeutic drugs cause degradation of endogenous HIPK2 dependent on the presence of a functional p53 protein. Early induced p53 allows caspase-mediated cleavage of HIPK2(More)
The HIPK2 protein is a critical regulator of apoptosis and functionally interacts with p53 to increase gene expression. Here we show that human HIPK2 is modified by sumoylation at lysine 25, as revealed by in vivo and in vitro experiments. While SUMO-1 modification of HIPK2 has no influence on its ability to phosphorylate p53 at serine 46, to induce gene(More)
PURPOSE We established gene expression profiles by gene array analysis in the LNCaP model of human prostate cancer progression and evaluated genes differentially expressed in the androgen independent and bone metastatic C4-2 cell line compared to the androgen dependent and nonmetastatic parental LNCaP cell line. MATERIALS AND METHODS Gene expression(More)
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