Identification and characterization of presenilin-independent Notch signaling

Bridget E. Berechid, Magali Kitzmann, Daniel R. Foltz, Arthur H. Roach, Dietmar Seiffert, Lorin A. Thompson, Richard E. Olson, Alan Bernstein, Dorit B. Donoviel, Jeffrey S. Nye*

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Presenilin (PS) proteins control the proteolytic cleavage that precedes nuclear access of the Notch intracellular domain. Here we observe that a partial activation of the HES1 promoter can be detected in PS1/PS2 (PS1/2) double null cells using Notch1ΔE constructs or following Delta1 stimulation, despite an apparent abolition of the production and nuclear accumulation of the Notch intracellular domain. PS1/2-independent Notch activation is sensitive to Numblike, a physiological inhibitor of Notch. PS1/2-independent Notch signaling is also inhibited by an active γ-secretase inhibitor in the low micromolar range and is not inhibited by an inactive analogue, similar to PS-dependent Notch signaling. However, experiments using a Notch1-Gal4-VP16 fusion protein indicate that the PS1/2-independent activity does not release Gal4-VP16 and is therefore unlikely to proceed via an intramembranous cleavage. These data reveal that a novel PS1/2-independent mechanism plays a partial role in Notch signal transduction.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)8154-8165
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Biological Chemistry
Issue number10
StatePublished - Mar 8 2002

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Biology
  • Cell Biology


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