A bistable Rb-E2F switch underlies the restriction point

Guang Yao, Tae Jun Lee, Seiichi Mori, Joseph R. Nevins, Lingchong You

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Abstract

The restriction point (R-point) marks the critical event when a mammalian cell commits to proliferation and becomes independent of growth stimulation. It is fundamental for normal differentiation and tissue homeostasis, and seems to be dysregulated in virtually all cancers. Although the R-point has been linked to various activities involved in the regulation of G1-S transition of the mammalian cell cycle, the underlying mechanism remains unclear. Using single-cell measurements, we show here that the Rb-E2F pathway functions as a bistable switch to convert graded serum inputs into all-or-none E2F responses. Once turned ON by sufficient serum stimulation, E2F can memorize and maintain this ON state independently of continuous serum stimulation. We further show that, at critical concentrations and duration of serum stimulation, bistable E2F activation correlates directly with the ability of a cell to traverse the R-point.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)476-482
Number of pages7
JournalNature Cell Biology
Volume10
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - 2008
Externally publishedYes

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Yao, G., Lee, T. J., Mori, S., Nevins, J. R., & You, L. (2008). A bistable Rb-E2F switch underlies the restriction point. Nature Cell Biology, 10(4), 476-482. https://doi.org/10.1038/ncb1711

A bistable Rb-E2F switch underlies the restriction point. / Yao, Guang; Lee, Tae Jun; Mori, Seiichi; Nevins, Joseph R.; You, Lingchong.

In: Nature Cell Biology, Vol. 10, No. 4, 2008, p. 476-482.

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Yao, G, Lee, TJ, Mori, S, Nevins, JR & You, L 2008, 'A bistable Rb-E2F switch underlies the restriction point', Nature Cell Biology, vol. 10, no. 4, pp. 476-482. https://doi.org/10.1038/ncb1711
Yao, Guang ; Lee, Tae Jun ; Mori, Seiichi ; Nevins, Joseph R. ; You, Lingchong. / A bistable Rb-E2F switch underlies the restriction point. In: Nature Cell Biology. 2008 ; Vol. 10, No. 4. pp. 476-482.
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