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Type: Journal article
Title: Cdk6-cyclin D3 activity in murine ES cells is resistant to inhibition by p16INK4a
Author: Faast, R.
White, J.
Cartwright, P.
Crocker, L.
Sarcevic, B.
Dalton, S.
Citation: Oncogene, 2004; 23(2):491-502
Publisher: Nature Publishing Group
Issue Date: 2004
ISSN: 0950-9232
Abstract: Through a screen aimed at identifying genes that are specifically upregulated in embryomic stem (ES) cells but not primitive ectoderm, we identified cyclin D3. This was surprising since cyclin D activity is generally believed to be inactive in ES cells even though retinoblastoma tumor suppressor protein (pRb) accumulates in a predominantly hyperphosphorylated state. Cdk6 is the major catalytic partner for cyclin D3 in ES cells and exhibits robust pRb kinase activity that is downregulated during the early stages of ES embryoid body differentiation. To investigate the basis underlying the insensitivity of ES cells to ectopic p16 expression, we show that Cdk6-cyclin D3 complexes are not subject to inhibition by p16, similar to Cdk-viral cyclin complexes. These observations show that specificity exists between Cdk4/6-cyclin D complexes and their ability to be targeted by p16. Our data suggest that Cdk6-cyclin D3 activity in other cell types, including tumors, may also be refractory to p16-mediated growth inhibition and raises the possibility of additional specificity within the INK4 family.
Keywords: Cell Line
Pluripotent Stem Cells
Macromolecular Substances
Cyclin-Dependent Kinases
RNA, Messenger
In Situ Hybridization
Cell Cycle
Cell Differentiation
Protein Binding
Cyclin-Dependent Kinase Inhibitor p16
Cyclin-Dependent Kinase 6
Cyclin D
Cyclin D3
DOI: 10.1038/sj.onc.1207133
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