Phosphatidylinositol 3-Kinase/Akt pathway targets acetylation of Smad3 through Smad3/CREB-binding protein interaction. Contribution to transforming growth factor β1-induced Epstein-Barr virus reactivation

Lassad Oussaief, Aurélie Hippocrate, Vanessa Ramirez, Aurore Rampanou, Wei Zhang, David J Meyers, Philip Cole, Ridha Khelifa, Irène Joab

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Epstein-Barr virus, a ubiquitous human herpesvirus, is associated with the development of carcinomas and lymphomas. We previously showed that transforming growth factor β1 (TGF-β1) mediated the virus to enter the lytic cycle, which is triggered by expression of Z Epstein-Barr virus replication activator (ZEBRA), through the ERK 1/2 MAPK signaling pathway. We report here that Akt, activated downstream from ERK 1/2, was required for TGF-β1-induced ZEBRA expression and enabled Smad3, a mediator of TGF-β1 signaling, to be acetylated by direct interaction with the co-activator CREB-binding protein and then to regulate TGF-β1-induced ZEBRA expression.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)23912-23924
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Biological Chemistry
Issue number36
StatePublished - Sep 4 2009


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Cell Biology
  • Molecular Biology

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