The Tail That Wags the Dog: How the Disordered C-Terminal Domain Controls the Transcriptional Activities of the p53 Tumor-Suppressor Protein

Oleg Laptenko, David R. Tong, James Manfredi, Carol Prives

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Abstract

The p53 tumor suppressor is a transcription factor (TF) that exerts antitumor functions through its ability to regulate the expression of multiple genes. Within the p53 protein resides a relatively short unstructured C-terminal domain (CTD) that remarkably participates in virtually every aspect of p53 performance as a TF. Because these aspects are often interdependent and it is not always possible to dissect them experimentally, there has been a great deal of controversy about the CTD. In this review we evaluate the significance and key features of this interesting region of p53 and its impact on the many aspects of p53 function in light of previous and more recent findings.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1022-1034
Number of pages13
JournalTrends in Biochemical Sciences
Volume41
Issue number12
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Dec 2016

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