p27Kip1 signaling: transcriptional and post-translational regulation

Su Su Thae Hnit, Chanlu Xie, Mu Yao, Jeff Holst, Alan Bensoussan, Paul De Souza, Zhong Li, Qihan Dong*

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p27Kip1 is an inhibitor of a broad spectrum of cyclin-dependent kinases (CDKs), and the loss of a single p27Kip1 allele is thereby sufficient to increase tumor incidence via CDK-mediated cell cycle entry. As such, down-regulation of p27Kip1 protein levels, in particular nuclear expressed p27Kip1, is implicated in both disease progression and poor prognosis in a variety of cancers. p27Kip1 expression is positively regulated by the transcription factor MENIN, and inhibited by oncogenic transcription factors MYC and PIM. However, regulation of p27Kip1 protein expression and function is predominantly through post-translational modifications that alter both the cellular localization and the extent of E3 ubiquitin ligase-mediated degradation. Phosphorylation of p27Kip1 at Thr187 and Ser10 is a prerequisite for its degradation via the E3 ubiquitin ligases SKP2 (nuclear) and KPC (cytoplasmic), respectively. Additionally, Ser10 phosphorylated p27Kip1 is predominantly localized in the cytoplasm due to the nuclear export protein CRM1. Another E3 ubiquitin ligase, PIRH2, degrades p27Kip1 in both the cytoplasm and nucleus independent of phosphorylation state. As such, inhibition of cell cycle entry and progression in a variety of cancers may be achieved with therapies designed to correct p27Kip1 localization and/or block its degradation.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)9-14
Number of pages6
JournalInternational Journal of Biochemistry and Cell Biology
Early online date14 Aug 2015
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2015
Externally publishedYes


  • P27/KIP1
  • MYC
  • SKP2
  • KPC
  • CRM1
  • PIRH2


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