Bioluminescence resonance energy transfer identify scaffold protein CNK1 interactions in intact cells.
Connector enhancer of KSR (CNK) proteins have been proposed to act as scaffolds in the Ras-MAPK pathway. In this work, using in vivo bioluminescence resonance energy transfer (BRET) assays and in vitro co-immunoprecipitation, we show that hCNK1 interacts with the active form of Rho A (G14V) proteins. The domain of hCNK1 that allows binding to Rho proteins involves the C-terminal PH domain. Overexpression of hCNK1 does not affect the actin cytoskeleton and does not modify the appearance of stress fibers in cells overexpressing a constitutively active form of RhoA. In contrast, hCNK1 was able to significantly decrease the RhoA-induced transcriptional activity of the serum response element (SRE) without effect on the Ras-induced SRE activation. These results identify hCNK1 as a specific partner of Rho proteins both in vitro and in vivo and suggest a role of hCNK1 in the signal transduction of Rho proteins.
Lopez-Ilasaca, MA; Bernabe-Ortiz, JC; Na, S-Y; Dzau, VJ; Xavier, RJ
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