Proteomic-based analysis of nuclear signaling: PLCβ1 affects the expression of the splicing factor SRp20 in Friend erythroleukemia cells

Alberto Bavelloni, Irene Faenza, Gabriella Cioffi, Manuela Piazzi, Daniela Parisi, Ivan Matic, Nadir M. Maraldi, Lucio Cocco

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An extensive body of evidence links inositide-specific phospholipase C (PLC) to the nucleus and the main isoform located in the nucleus is PLCβ1. Constitutive overexpression of nuclear PLCβ1 has been previously shown to inhibit Friend erythroleukemia cells differentiation and to induce cell cycle progression targeting cyclin D3. The aim of this study was to identify new proteins regulated by PLCβ1 overexpression, given the role exerted by its signaling in the nucleus during cell growth and differentiation. To identify novel downstream effectors of nuclear PLCβ1-dependent signaling in Friend erythroleukemia cells, we performed the high-resolution 2-DE-based proteomic analysis. Using a proteomic approach we found that SRp20, a member of the highly conserved SR family of splicing regulators, was down-regulated in cells overexpressing nuclear PLCβ1 as compared with wild-type cells. Reduction in SRp20 was confirmed by 2-D Western blotting. Moreover, we have shown that nuclear PLCβ1 is bound to the SRp20 splicing factor. Indeed, by immunoprecipitation and subcellular fractioning, we have demonstrated that endogenous PLCβ1 and SRp20 physically interact in the nucleus. Here we show the existence of a PLCβ1-specific target, the splicing factor SRp20, whose expression is specifically down-regulated by the nuclear signaling evoked by PLCβ1.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)5725-5734
Number of pages10
Issue number21
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2006



  • Friend erythroleukemia cells
  • Nucleus
  • PLCβ
  • Proteomic analysis
  • SRp20

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Molecular Biology
  • Genetics

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