Phosphorylation of the eukaryotic initiation factor 3f by cyclin-dependent kinase 11 during apoptosis

Jiaqi Shi, John W.B. Hershey, Mark A. Nelson

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eIF3f is a subunit of eukaryotic initiation factor 3 (eIF3). We previously showed that eIF3f is phosphorylated by cyclin dependent kinase 11 (CDK11p46) which is an important effector in apoptosis. Here, we identified a second eIF3f phosphorylation site (Thr119) by CDK11p46 during apoptosis. We demonstrated that eIF3f is directly phosphorylated by CDK11p46 in vivo. Phosphorylation of eIF3f plays an important role in regulating its function in translation and apoptosis. Phosphorylation of eIF3f enhances the association of eIF3f with the core eIF3 subunits during apoptosis. Our data suggested that eIF3f may inhibit translation by increasing the binding to the eIF3 complex during apoptosis. Structured summary: MINT-6948874: EIF3b (uniprotkb:P55884) physically interacts (MI:0218) with EIF3f (uniprotkb:O00303) by anti bait coimmunoprecipitation (MI:0006). MINT-6948891: EIF3b (uniprotkb:P55884) physically interacts (MI:0218) with EIF3c (uniprotkb:Q99613), EIF3a (uniprotkb:Q14152) and EIF3f (uniprotkb:O00303) by anti bait coimmunoprecipitation (MI:0006). MINT-6948836, MINT-6948849, MINT-6948862: CDK11p46 (uniprotkb:P21127) phosphorylates (MI:0217) EIF3f (uniprotkb:O00303) by protein kinase assay (MI:0424).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)971-977
Number of pages7
JournalFEBS Letters
Issue number6
StatePublished - Mar 18 2009


  • Apoptosis
  • Cyclin-dependent kinase 11
  • Melanoma
  • Phosphorylation
  • Translation initiation
  • eIF3f

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biophysics
  • Structural Biology
  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Biology
  • Genetics
  • Cell Biology


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