Tyrosine phosphorylation controls Runx2-mediated subnuclear targeting of YAP to repress transcription
Department of Cell Biology; Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences
Medical Subject Headings
Amino Acid Motifs; Animals; Cell Line, Tumor; Cell Nucleus; Chromatin; Core Binding Factor Alpha 1 Subunit; DNA-Binding Proteins; Humans; Nuclear Proteins; Osteoblasts; Osteocalcin; Phosphorylation; Rats; Signal Transduction; Trans-Activators; Transcription Factor AP-2; Transcription Factors; Transcription, Genetic; Tyrosine; src-Family Kinases
Life Sciences | Medicine and Health Sciences
Src/Yes tyrosine kinase signaling contributes to the regulation of bone homeostasis and inhibits osteoblast activity. Here we show that the endogenous Yes-associated protein (YAP), a mediator of Src/Yes signaling, interacts with the native Runx2 protein, an osteoblast-related transcription factor, and suppresses Runx2 transcriptional activity in a dose-dependent manner. Runx2, through its PY motif, recruits YAP to subnuclear domains in situ and to the osteocalcin (OC) gene promoter in vivo. Inhibition of Src/Yes kinase blocks tyrosine phosphorylation of YAP and dissociates endogenous Runx2-YAP complexes. Consequently, recruitment of the YAP co-repressor to subnuclear domains is abrogated and expression of the endogenous OC gene is induced. Our results suggest that Src/Yes signals are integrated through organization of Runx2-YAP transcriptional complexes at subnuclear sites to attenuate skeletal gene expression.
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Citation: EMBO J. 2004 Feb 25;23(4):790-9. Epub 2004 Feb 12. Link to article on publisher's site