Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry

, Volume 357, Issue 1–2, pp 415–422 | Cite as

ARF triggers cell G1 arrest by a P53 independent ERK pathway

  • Hansong Du
  • Weiqi Yao
  • Min Fang
  • Dongcheng Wu


In this study, in order to investigate the p53-independent function of p14ARF, we established p14ARF-inducible clones in the p53-deficient HCT cell line using the doxycycline-inducible expression system. A strong cell growth inhibition and G1/S arrest were observed after doxycycline induction in p53-/-HCT cells, and the cells also exhibited an obvious decrease of DNA synthesis. We further examined if the MEK/ERK pathway is involved in the G1 arrest induced by p14ARF in p53-/-HCT cells. The results indicate that ERK1/2 and p21 were activated upon p14ARF induction. Totally, the functional roles of ERK and p21 for ARF in p53-independent tumor suppression were demonstrated.


ARF P53 G1 arrest ERK 



Extracellular signal-regulated kinase


MARK/ERK kinase 1


Mitogen-activated protein kinase


Murine double minute 2


Propidium iodide



The authors thank Dr. Damu Tang of the McMaster University for providing the p53-/-HCT 116 cells and the dominant-negative MEK1 (MEK1K97M) plasmid. This study was funded by grants 30670813 of the Natural Science Foundation of the People’s Republic of China.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Gastrointestinal SurgeryUnion Hospital, Tongji Medical College, Huazhong University of Science & TechnologyWuhanPeople’s Republic of China
  2. 2.Department of BiochemistryBasic Medical College of Wuhan UniversityWuhanPeople’s Republic of China

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