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Liu XH , Elia AEH , Law SF , Golemis EA , Farley J , Wang TW
A novel ability of Smad3 to regulate proteasomal degradation of a Cas family member HEF1
Embo Journal. 2000 Dec 15;19(24) :6759-6769
PMID: ISI:000166052800014   
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Smad3 is a key signal transducer of transforming growth factor- beta (TGF-beta) and activin, and is known to be a DNA-binding transcriptional regulator. Here we report a novel property of Smad3 in regulating the proteasomal degradation of the human enhancer of filamentation 1 (HEF1), which is a member of the Cas family of cytoplasmic docking proteins. Our studies revealed that Smad3 interacts with HEF1 and triggers the proteasomal degradation of HEF1 in overexpression systems, In addition, TGF-beta stimulation induces rapid proteasomal degradation of endogenous HEF1 in different TGF-beta - responsive cell lines. Interestingly, the degradation of HEF1 protein in epithelial cells is followed closely by an increase in HEF1 mRNA, resulting in a time-dependent increase in HEF1 protein level in TGF-beta -treated cells. Furthermore, we observed that an elevated HEF1 protein level inhibits TGF-beta -induced Smad3-mediated gene responses. These data provide the first evidence for a novel cytoplasmic activity of Smad3 in regulating proteasomal degradation of HEF1 and also suggest a role for HEF1 in a negative feedback mechanism of the TGF-beta signaling pathway.
Times Cited: 5 English Article 386GP EMBO J