ASC-2 was recently discovered as a cancer-amplified transcription coactivator molecule of nuclear receptors, which interacts with multifunctional transcription integrators steroid receptor coactivator-1 (SRC-1) and CREB-binding protein (CBP)/p300. Herein, we report the identification of three mitogenic transcription factors as novel target molecules of ASC-2. First, the C-terminal transactivation domain of serum response factor (SRF) was identified among a series of ASC-2-interacting proteins from the yeast two-hybrid screening. Second, ASC-2 specifically interacted with the activating protein-1 (AP-1) components c-Jun and c-Fos as well as the nuclear factor-κB (NFκB) components p50 and p65, as demonstrated by the glutathione S-transferase pull-down assays as well as the yeast two-hybrid tests. In cotransfection of mammalian cells, ASC-2 potentiated transactivations by SRF, AP-1, and NFκB in a dose-dependent manner, either alone or in conjunction with SRC-1 and p300. In addition, ASC-2 efficiently relieved the previously described transrepression between nuclear receptors and either AP-1 or NFκB. Overall, these results suggest that the nuclear receptor coactivator ASC-2 also mediates transactivations by SRF, AP-1, and NFκB, which may contribute to the putative, ASC-2-mediated tumorigenesis.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Molecular Biology
- Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism