Fbxw7α- and GSK3-mediated degradation of p100 is a pro-survival mechanism in multiple myeloma

Nat Cell Biol. 2012 Mar 4;14(4):375-85. doi: 10.1038/ncb2463.


Fbxw7α is a member of the F-box family of proteins, which function as the substrate-targeting subunits of SCF (Skp1/Cul1/F-box protein) ubiquitin ligase complexes. Using differential purifications and mass spectrometry, we identified p100, an inhibitor of NF-κB signalling, as an interactor of Fbxw7α. p100 is constitutively targeted in the nucleus for proteasomal degradation by Fbxw7α, which recognizes a conserved motif phosphorylated by GSK3. Efficient activation of non-canonical NF-κB signalling is dependent on the elimination of nuclear p100 through either degradation by Fbxw7α or exclusion by a newly identified nuclear export signal in the carboxy terminus of p100. Expression of a stable p100 mutant, expression of a constitutively nuclear p100 mutant, Fbxw7α silencing or inhibition of GSK3 in multiple myeloma cells with constitutive non-canonical NF-κB activity results in apoptosis both in cell systems and xenotransplant models. Thus, in multiple myeloma, Fbxw7α and GSK3 function as pro-survival factors through the control of p100 degradation.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Cell Cycle Proteins / metabolism*
  • Cell Survival
  • F-Box Proteins / metabolism*
  • F-Box-WD Repeat-Containing Protein 7
  • Glycogen Synthase Kinase 3 / antagonists & inhibitors
  • Glycogen Synthase Kinase 3 / metabolism*
  • HEK293 Cells
  • HeLa Cells
  • Humans
  • Multiple Myeloma / metabolism*
  • Multiple Myeloma / pathology*
  • NF-kappa B p52 Subunit / metabolism*
  • Tumor Cells, Cultured
  • Ubiquitin-Protein Ligases / metabolism*


  • Cell Cycle Proteins
  • F-Box Proteins
  • F-Box-WD Repeat-Containing Protein 7
  • FBXW7 protein, human
  • NF-kappa B p52 Subunit
  • Ubiquitin-Protein Ligases
  • Glycogen Synthase Kinase 3