E2F1 overexpression has been shown to induce apoptosis in cooperation with p53. Using Saos-2 cells, which are null for p53 and lack functional Rb, we have demonstrated that E2F1 overexpression can also induce apoptosis in the absence of p53 and retinoblastoma protein (Rb). E2F1-induced apoptosis can be specifically inhibited by Rb but not mdm2, which is known for its ability to inhibit p53-induced apoptosis. Through the study of the apoptotic function of a set of E2F1 mutants, it was clear th...Expand abstract
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E2F1-induced apoptosis requires DNA binding but not transactivation and is inhibited by the retinoblastoma protein through direct interaction.
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