ERK Phosphorylates p66shcA on Ser36 and Subsequently Regulates p27^kip1 Expression via the Akt-FOXO3a Pathway: Implication of p27^kip1 in Cell Response to Oxidative Stress

Hu, Yuanyu; Wang, Xueying; Zeng, Li; Cai, De-Yu; Sabapathy, Kanaga; Goff, Stephen P.; Firpo, Eduardo J.; Li, Baojie

Mice deficient for p66shcA represent an animal model to link oxidative stress and aging. p66shcA is implicated in oxidative stress response and mitogenic signaling. Phosphorylation of p66shcA on Ser36 is critical for its function in oxidative stress response. Here we report the identification of ERK as the kinase phosphorylating p66shcA on Ser36. Activation of ERKs was necessary and sufficient for Ser36 phosphorylation. p66shcA interacted with ERK and was demonstrated to be a substrate for ERK, with Ser36 being the major phosphorylation site. Furthermore, in response to H2O2, inhibition of ERK activation repressed p66shcA-dependent phosphorylation of FOXO3a and the down-regulation of its target gene p27kip1. Down-regulation of p27 might promote cell survival, as p27 played a proapoptotic role in oxidative stress response. As a feedback regulation, Ser36 phosphorylated p66shcA attenuated H2O2-induced ERK activation, whereas p52/46shcA facilitated ERK activation, which required tyrosine phosphorylation of CH1 domain. p66shcA formed a complex with p52/46ShcA, which may provide a platform for efficient signal propagation. Taken together, the data suggest there exists an interplay between ERK and ShcA proteins, which modulates the expression of p27 and cell response to oxidative stress.


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Pathology and Cell Biology
Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics
American Society for Cell Biology
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August 24, 2014