The protein stability and transcriptional activity of p63α are regulated by SUMO-1 conjugation

Pamela Ghioni, Yuri D'Alessandra, Gelsomina Mansueto, Ellis Jaffray, Ronald T. Hay, Girolama La Mantia, Luisa Guerrini

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Post-translational modification of proteins by the ubiquitin-like molecule SUMO-1 regulates their stability and activity with crucial implications for many cellular processes. Here we show that p63α, but not p63β and γ, is sumoylated in vitro and in vivo at a single lysine residue, K637, in the post-SAM domain. SUMO-1 attachment targets ΔNp63α for proteasome mediated degradation while it does not influence p63α intracellular localization, as wild-type protein and a mutant earring the K637 mutated into arginine (K637R), have the same nuclear localization. Four natural p63 mutations, falling within the SAM and post-SAM domain of p63α, were found to be altered in their sumoylation capacity. The transcriptional activities of the natural mutants and of K637R were strongly increased compared to that of wild type p63, suggesting that sumoylation has a negative effect on p63 driven transcription. The findings that ΔNp63α protein levels are regulated by SUMO-1 and that this regulation is altered in natural p63 mutants, suggest that SUMO conjugation to p63 plays a critical role in regulating the biological activity of p63.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)183-190
Number of pages8
JournalCell Cycle
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2005


  • Development
  • p63
  • SUMO-1

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cell Biology
  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Biology


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