p21 35–47 peptide
JNK and jun
selective inhibition of oncogenic ras–p21
Springer Online Journal Archives 1860-2000
Chemistry and Pharmacology
Abstract We have previously found that a peptide corresponding to residues 35–47 of the ras-p21 protein, from its switch 1 effector domain region, strongly inhibits oocyte maturation induced by oncogenic p21, but not by insulin-activated cellular wild-type p21. Another ras–p21 peptide corresponding to residues 96–110 that blocks ras–jun and jun kinase (JNK) interactions exhibits a similar pattern of inhibition. We have also found that c-raf strongly induces oocyte maturation and that dominant negative c-raf strongly blocks oncogenic p21-induced oocyte maturation. We now find that the p21 35–47, but not the 96–110, peptide completely blocks c-raf-induced maturation. This finding suggests that the 35–47 peptide blocks oncogenic ras at the level of raf; that activated normal and oncogenic ras–p21 have differing requirements for raf-dependent signaling; and that the two oncogenic-ras-selective inhibitory peptides, 35–47 and 96–110, act at two different critical downstream sites, the former at raf, the latter at JNK/jun, both of which are required for oncogenic ras-p21 signaling.
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