p60-katanin: a novel interacting partner for p53
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CitationKorulu, S., & Yildiz, A. (2020). p60-katanin: a novel interacting partner for p53. Molecular Biology Reports, 47(6), 4295-4301. doi:10.1007/s11033-020-05557-6
Katanin, one of the best-characterized microtubule (MT) severing proteins, is composed of two subunits: catalytic p60-katanin, and regulatory p80-katanin. p60-katanin triggers MT reorganization by severing them. MT reorganization is essential for both mitotic cells and post-mitotic neurons in numerous vital processes such as intracellular transport, mitosis, cellular differentiation and apoptosis. Due to the deleterious effect of continuous severing for cells, p60-katanin requires a strategic regulation. However, there are only a few known regulators of p60-katanin. p53 functions in similar cellular processes as katanin such as cell cycle, differentiation, and apoptosis depending on its interacting partners. Considering this similarity, in this study we investigated p53 as a potential regulatory candidate of p60-katanin, and examined their interaction. Co-immunoprecipitation analyses revealed that p60-katanin interacts with p53. We were able to locate a potential interaction site for the two proteins by deleting different candidate regions We showed for the first time that p53 and p60-katanin interact. This interaction appears to occur via p53's DNA binding domain and p60-katanin's C-terminal. This study will pave the way for future studies regarding the functional outcomes of this interaction which is vital for understanding the regulation of cellular events such as cell cycle, differentiation, and apoptosis in disease and in health.