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An essential EBV latent antigen 3C binds Bcl6 for targeted degradation and cell proliferation

Zhiguo Sun, Yonggang Pei, Hem Chandra Jha, Shuvomoy Banerjee, Erle S. Robertson

by Yonggang Pei, Shuvomoy Banerjee, Hem Chandra Jha, Zhiguo Sun, Erle S. Robertson

The latent EBV nuclear antigen 3C (EBNA3C) is required for transformation of primary human B lymphocytes. Most mature B-cell malignancies originate from malignant transformation of germinal center (GC) B-cells. The GC reaction appears to have a role in malignant transformation, in which a major player of the GC reaction is Bcl6, a key regulator of this process. We now demonstrate that EBNA3C contributes to B-cell transformation by targeted degradation of Bcl6. We show that EBNA3C can physically associate with Bcl6. Notably, EBNA3C expression leads to reduced Bcl6 protein levels in a ubiquitin-proteasome dependent manner. Further, EBNA3C inhibits the transcriptional activity of the Bcl6 promoter through interaction with the cellular protein IRF4. Bcl6 degradation induced by EBNA3C rescued the functions of the Bcl6-targeted downstream regulatory proteins Bcl2 and CCND1, which resulted in increased proliferation and G1-S transition. These data provide new insights into the function of EBNA3C in B-cell transformation during GC reaction, and raises the possibility of developing new targeted therapies against EBV-associated cancers.

Publisher URL: http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article

DOI: 10.1371/journal.ppat.1006500

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