Acetylation of mastermind-like 1 by p300 drives the recruitment of NACK to initiate Notch-dependent transcription

Ke Jin, Wen Zhou, Xiaoqing Han, Zhiqiang Wang, Bin Li, Shawn Jeffries, Wensi Tao, David J Robbins, Anthony J Capobianco

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Although it has long been appreciated that p300 acts as a critical Notch coactivator, the mechanistic details of p300 in Notch-mediated transcription remain unclear. We previously demonstrated that PEAK1-related kinase activating pseudoki-nase 1 (NACK), also known as SGK223, is a critical coactivator of Notch signaling and binds to the Notch1 ternary complex. Herein we report that p300 and CBP acetylate Mastermind-like 1 (Maml1) on amino acid residues K188 and K189 to recruit NACK to the Notch1 ternary complex, which results in the recruitment of RNA polymerase II to initiate transcription. NACK is recruited to the ternary complexes containing Maml1 and Maml3, but not Maml2. Simultaneous inhibition of p300/ CBP and Notch has a synergistic effect in esophageal adenocarcinoma. In summary, this study provides a deeper mechanistic understanding of the assembly of the Notch transcriptional complex and provides rationale and proof of concept for a combinatorial therapeutic attack on Notch-dependent cancers.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)4228-4237
Number of pages10
JournalCancer Research
Issue number16
StatePublished - Aug 15 2017


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • Cancer Research

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