Intramolecular signal transduction in c-Jun

EMBO J. 1995 May 1;14(9):2014-9.


The DNA-binding activity of c-Jun is determined by the phosphorylation state of a cluster of threonine and serine residues located near its COOH-terminus. We have analyzed the events that lead to c-Jun activation via dephosphorylation of these sites in response to phorbol esters. Our results indicate that COOH-terminal dephosphorylation is an indirect consequence of a separate phosphorylation event targeted to the NH2-terminus of c-Jun. Thus, the activation of c-Jun DNA-binding potential, caused by COOH-terminal dephosphorylation, may not require the regulation of the kinase/phosphatase system that brings about this change, but rather an alteration in the accessibility of the COOH-terminal phosphoacceptor sites of c-Jun.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Amino Acid Sequence
  • Binding Sites
  • DNA / genetics
  • DNA / metabolism
  • HeLa Cells
  • Humans
  • Molecular Sequence Data
  • Mutation
  • Phosphorylation
  • Proto-Oncogene Proteins c-jun / genetics
  • Proto-Oncogene Proteins c-jun / metabolism*
  • Signal Transduction*


  • Proto-Oncogene Proteins c-jun
  • DNA