The prototypic oncogene c-MYC encodes a transcription factor that can drive proliferation by promoting cell-cycle reentry. However, the mechanisms through which c-MYC achieves these effects have been unclear. Using serial analysis of gene expression, we have identified the cyclin-dependent kinase 4 (CDK4) gene as a transcriptional target of c-MYC. c-MYC induced a rapid increase in CDK4 mRNA levels through four highly conserved c-MYC binding sites within the CDK4 promoter. Cell-cycle progression is delayed in c-MYC- deficient RAT1 cells, and this delay was associated with a defect in CDK4 induction. Ectopic expression of CDK4 in these cells partially alleviated the growth defect. Thus, CDK4 provides a direct link between the oncogenic effects of c-MYC and cell-cycle regulation.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||6|
|Journal||Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America|
|State||Published - Feb 29 2000|
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