p73 to the rescue: Role of RPL26


For the past decade, a group of ribosomal proteins (RPs) have emerged as key mediators of the p53 signaling in response to ribosomal stress, which is induced by perturbation of ribosome biogenesis [1, 2]. These RPs include large subunit proteins RPL5, RPL11, RPL23, RPL26, RPL4, RPL6 and small subunit proteins RPS7, RPS27, RPS27a, RPS14, RPS25, etc [1-3]. When overexpressed or upon ribosomal stress, these RPs bind to MDM2 and repress MDM2-mediated p53 ubiquitination and proteasomal degradation, thereby stabilizing p53 and inducing cell cycle arrest. p53 also inhibits ribosome biogenesis by repressing the transcription of rRNA, RPs and tRNAs catalyzed by RNA Pol I, II and III, respectively. Thus, the RP-MDM2-p53 pathway functions to tightly coordinate cell cycle progress (cell proliferation) with ribosome biogenesis (cell growth) and plays an important role in maintaining normal cell homeostasis and preventing cell transformation. Mice with a knockin of RPL5 and RPL11 binding defective MDM2 mutant (C305F) displayed a specific defect in p53 signaling in response to ribosomal stress, but not DNA damage [4], validating the critical role for the RP-MDM2-p53 pathway in vivo. In addition, RPs also regulate cell growth and proliferation via p53-independent mechanisms, including their direct inhibition of c-Myc, a master regulator of gene transcription and ribosome biogenesis, as well as promoting E2F1 degradation by releasing E2F1 from MDM2 binding [1, 2]. Interestingly, the RP-MDM2 regulation does not just activate p53. In this issue, Zhang et al [5] identified RPL26 as a novel positive regulator of p73, a p53 family tumor suppressor protein. Knockdown of RPL26 reduced the levels of p73 whereas overexpression of RPL26 increases the levels of p73 in various cancer cell lines regardless of the status of p53. RPL26 has been previously shown to induce the levels of p53 by two mechanisms. On one hand, RPL26, like other RPs, binds to MDM2 and inhibits MDM2-mediated p53 ubiquitination and degradation, thereby stabilizing p53 [6]. On the other hand, RPL26 binds to a specific dsRNA structure formed by base pairing and looping between the 5’-UTR and 3’-UTR of p53 mRNA and promotes p53 translation [7]. Similarly, RPL26 also regulates p73 protein stability via inhibiting MDM2. Overexpression of RPL26 significantly prolonged the half-life of p73. Knocking out MDM2 by CRISP-cas9 technology increased p73 stability in multiple cell lines, but partially attenuated the reduction of p73 by RPL26 knockdown [5]. Previous studies have also shown that MDM2 can ubiquitinate and degrade p73, albeit to a less extend compared to MDM2-mediated p53 ubiquitination and degradation. Interestingly, the level of p73 is still reduced by RPL26 knockdown in MDM2 knockout cell lines, although this effect is less robust compared to that in MDM2-proficient cells. Polysome profiling and translation analyses clearly showed that knockdown of RPL26 reduced p73 translation independently of MDM2 News

DOI: 10.18632/oncotarget.14383

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@inproceedings{Sun2017p73TT, title={p73 to the rescue: Role of RPL26}, author={Xiao-xin Sun and Mu-Shui Dai}, booktitle={Oncotarget}, year={2017} }