Suppression of oncogene-induced transformation by a deletion mutant of c-jun

Oncogene. 1993 Apr;8(4):877-86.


Jun and Fos proteins are DNA-binding proteins that are involved in the control of gene expression through transcriptional regulation. We have made a deletion mutant of the c-jun gene that lacks amino acids 3-122 of c-jun, and thus is missing the major transactivation domain of c-jun, but retains the DNA-binding and leucine zipper domains. Unlike c-Jun, the mutant protein is unable to stimulate the transcription of an AP-1 responsive gene, and unlike c-jun this mutant gene is unable to transform rat embryo cells in cooperation with an activated ras gene. However, this mutant protein blocks in vitro DNA binding of Jun-Jun homodimers and Jun-Fos heterodimers, transcriptional activation induced by c-jun or c-fos and transformation of rat embryo cells induced by an activated ras gene and a deregulated c-jun or c-fos gene. In addition, transformation of rat embryo cells induced by an activated ras gene in the presence of the tumor promoter 12-O-tetradecanoyl phorbol 13-acetate (TPA) or by ras plus SV40 large T antigen is also inhibited by this dominant-negative mutant, suggesting that a member of the jun or fos family is involved in the pathways leading to transformation in these systems as well. The possible molecular mechanisms by which this dominant-negative mutant of c-jun blocks the functions of wild-type jun and fos family members are discussed.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Base Sequence
  • Binding, Competitive
  • Cell Transformation, Neoplastic* / drug effects
  • Cells, Cultured
  • DNA Mutational Analysis
  • DNA-Binding Proteins / metabolism
  • Genes, Dominant
  • Genes, Suppressor
  • Genes, ras
  • Humans
  • In Vitro Techniques
  • Molecular Sequence Data
  • Proto-Oncogene Proteins c-fos / metabolism
  • Proto-Oncogene Proteins c-jun / genetics*
  • Rats
  • Sequence Deletion
  • Tetradecanoylphorbol Acetate / pharmacology
  • Transcriptional Activation*


  • DNA-Binding Proteins
  • Proto-Oncogene Proteins c-fos
  • Proto-Oncogene Proteins c-jun
  • Tetradecanoylphorbol Acetate