Dynamic regulation of p53 subnuclear localization and senescence by MORC3

Keiko Takahashi, Naofumi Yoshida, Naoko Murakami, Kiyo Kawata, Hiroyuki Ishizaki, Miki Tanaka-Okamoto, Jun Miyoshi, Andrew R. Zinn, Hiroaki Shime, Norimitsu Inoue

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The tumor suppressor p53 is a key transcriptional factor regulating the induction of cellular senescence by oncogenic signals. The activity of p53 is regulated by recruitment into promyelocytic leukemia (PML)-nuclear bodies (NBs) as well as by stabilization through posttranslational modifications such as phosphorylation and acetylation. Here we found that MORC3 (microrchidia3)-ATPase activated p53 and induced cellular senescence in normal human and mouse fibroblasts but not p53-l- fibroblasts. Conversely, genotoxic stress-induced phosphorylation and stabilization of p53 but barely increased its transcriptional activity in Morc3-l- fibroblasts. MORC3 localized on PML-NBs in presence of PML and mediated recruitment of p53 and CREB-binding protein (CBP) into PML-NBs. In contrast, expression of ATPase activity-deficient mutant MORC3-E35A or siRNA repression of MORC3 impaired the localization of p53 and Sp100 but not CBP on PML-NBs. These results suggest that MORC3 regulates p53 activity and localization into PML-NBs. We identified a new molecular mechanism that regulates the activity of nuclear proteins by localization to a nuclear subdomain.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1701-1709
Number of pages9
JournalMolecular biology of the cell
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 2007

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Molecular Biology
  • Cell Biology


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