Association of Cdk2/cyclin E and NF-kappa B complexes at G1/S phase

Biochem Biophys Res Commun. 1998 Aug 28;249(3):728-34. doi: 10.1006/bbrc.1998.9224.


NF-kappa B/Rel family plays a pivotal role in a wide variety of cellular functions including growth, development, apoptosis and stress responses. Recent studies indicated that NF-kappa B is also involved in the cell cycle regulation, and high expression of c-Rel results in a cell cycle arrest at the G1/S-phase transition (Bash, J., Zong, W,-X., and Gelinas, C. (1997) Mol. Cell. Biol. 17, 6526-6536). Here we report the detection of Cdk2, a critical kinase responsible for the G1/S-phase transition, in immune complexes precipitated by the NF-kappa B antisera. Cdk2 and NF-kappa B association was detected by co-precipitation in the nuclear lysates of the G1/S-phase cells, and was found in cultured cell lines and in T cells purified from human peripheral blood. Using an affinity column containing the C-terminal peptide of human c-Rel, we isolated cyclin E, the regulatory subunit of the Cdk2 complex, as a c-Rel-binding protein. These findings support and provide physical basis for the involvement of NF-kappa B in the G1/S-phase cell cycle control, and suggest an important role played by the C-terminal sequence of c-Rel.

Publication types

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

MeSH terms

  • Amino Acid Sequence
  • B-Lymphocytes / cytology
  • B-Lymphocytes / metabolism
  • Binding Sites
  • CDC2-CDC28 Kinases*
  • Cell Line
  • Chromatography, Affinity
  • Cyclin E / chemistry
  • Cyclin E / metabolism*
  • Cyclin-Dependent Kinase 2
  • Cyclin-Dependent Kinases / chemistry
  • Cyclin-Dependent Kinases / metabolism*
  • G1 Phase / physiology*
  • Humans
  • Macromolecular Substances
  • NF-kappa B / chemistry
  • NF-kappa B / metabolism*
  • Peptide Fragments / chemistry
  • Peptide Fragments / metabolism
  • Protein Binding
  • Protein-Serine-Threonine Kinases / chemistry
  • Protein-Serine-Threonine Kinases / metabolism*
  • Proto-Oncogene Proteins / chemistry
  • Proto-Oncogene Proteins / metabolism
  • Proto-Oncogene Proteins c-rel
  • S Phase / physiology*
  • T-Lymphocytes / cytology
  • T-Lymphocytes / metabolism


  • Cyclin E
  • Macromolecular Substances
  • NF-kappa B
  • Peptide Fragments
  • Proto-Oncogene Proteins
  • Proto-Oncogene Proteins c-rel
  • Protein-Serine-Threonine Kinases
  • CDC2-CDC28 Kinases
  • CDK2 protein, human
  • Cyclin-Dependent Kinase 2
  • Cyclin-Dependent Kinases