Direct interaction between scaffolding proteins RACK1 and 14-3-3 zeta regulates brain-derived Neurotrophic Factor ( BDNF) Transcription

Jeremie Neasta, Patrick A. Kiely, Dao-Yao He, David R. Adams, Rosemary O'Connor, Dorit Ron

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Abstract

RACK1 is a scaffolding protein that spatially and temporally regulates numerous signaling cascades. We previously found that activation of the cAMP signaling pathway induces the translocation of RACK1 to the nucleus. We further showed that nuclear RACK1 is required to promote the transcription of the brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF). Here, we set out to elucidate the mechanism underlying cAMP-dependent RACK1 nuclear translocation and BDNF transcription. We identified the scaffolding protein 14-3-3 zeta as a direct binding partner of RACK1. Moreover, we found that 14-3-3 zeta was necessary for the cAMP-dependent translocation of RACK1 to the nucleus. We further observed that the disruption of RACK1/14-3-3 zeta interaction with a peptide derived from the RACK1/14-3-3 zeta binding site or shRNA-mediated 14-3-3 zeta knockdown inhibited cAMP induction of BDNF transcription. Together, these data reveal that the function of nuclear RACK1 is mediated through its interaction with 14-3-3 zeta. As RACK1 and 14-3-3 zeta are two multifunctional scaffolding proteins that coordinate a wide variety of signaling events, their interaction is likely to regulate other essential cellular functions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)322-336
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of Biological Chemistry
Volume287
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2 Jan 2012

Keywords

  • KINASE-C
  • ADENYLYL CYCLASES
  • ACTIN DYNAMICS
  • SPOT SYNTHESIS
  • HISTONE CODE
  • BETA-IIPKC
  • CELLS
  • PHOSPHORYLATION
  • ACTIVATION
  • EXPRESSION

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