p27Kip1 is an inhibitor of cyclin-dependent kinases. It has been implicated as having a role in the induction of growth arrest at the G1 phase of the cell cycle in response to anti-mitogenic signals such as cell contact and serum starvation. Proteasome-mediated degradation plays an important role in the rapid inactivation of p27Kip1, causing quiescent cells to re-enter the cell cycle. Although the existence of a second isoform has been suggested, no such isoform was isolated. Through screening of a cDNA library derived from growth-arrested confluent porcine endothelial cells, we obtained clones for a novel isoform of p27Kip1 in addition to the original isoform. The novel isoform differed from the original isoform at the C-terminus. The tissue-specific expression of the original and novel isoforms was demonstrated at the mRNA and protein levels. An in vitro degradation assay demonstrated this novel isoform to be resistant to proteasome-mediated destruction. The expression as a fusion protein with green fluorescent protein revealed this isoform to be targeted to the nucleus by a bipartite nuclear-localization signal with a C-terminal part different from that of the original isoform. The expression of the novel isoform caused the growth arrest of HeLa cells and an accumulation of cells in the G0/G1 phase, and this effect was similar to that seen with the original isoform. The present study suggests that the novel isoform functions as a negative regulator of the cell cycle, and may play a distinct role. The novel isoform was named p27Kip1R because of its resistance to degradation.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Molecular Biology
- Cell Biology