NRH:quinone oxidoreductase 2 and NAD(P)H:quinone oxidoreductase 1 protect tumor suppressor p53 against 20s proteasomal degradation leading to stabilization and activation of p53.

Tumor suppressor p53 is either lost or mutated in several types of cancer. MDM2 interaction with p53 results in ubiquitination and 26S proteasomal degradation of p53. Chronic DNA damage leads to inactivation of MDM2, stabilization of p53, and apoptotic cell death. Here, we present a novel MDM2/ubiquitination-independent mechanism of stabilization and… (More)