Open Access Articles- Top Results for MAP2K4


External IDsOMIM601335 MGI1346869 HomoloGene48159 IUPHAR: 2065 ChEMBL: 2897 GeneCards: MAP2K4 Gene
EC number2.7.12.2
RefSeq (mRNA)NM_001281435NM_009157
RefSeq (protein)NP_001268364NP_033183
Location (UCSC)Chr 17:
11.92 – 12.05 Mb
Chr 11:
65.69 – 65.79 Mb
PubMed search[1][2]

Dual specificity mitogen-activated protein kinase kinase 4 is an enzyme that in humans is encoded by the MAP2K4 gene.[1]

This gene encodes a dual specificity protein kinase that belongs to the Ser/Thr protein kinase family. This kinase is a direct activator of MAP kinases in response to various environmental stresses or mitogenic stimuli. It has been shown to activate MAPK8/JNK1, MAPK9/JNK2, and MAPK14/p38, but not MAPK1/ERK2 or MAPK3/ERK1. This kinase is phosphorylated, and thus activated by MAP3K1/MEKK. The knockout studies in mice suggested the roles of this kinase in mediating survival signal in T cell development, as well as in the organogenesis of liver.[2]


MAP2K4 has been shown to interact with FLNC,[3] MAPK8,[4][5][6][7][8] MAPK8IP3[9][10] and AKT1.[5]


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  2. ^ "Entrez Gene: MAP2K4 mitogen-activated protein kinase kinase 4". 
  3. ^ Marti, A; Luo Z; Cunningham C; Ohta Y; Hartwig J; Stossel T P; Kyriakis J M; Avruch J (January 1997). "Actin-binding protein-280 binds the stress-activated protein kinase (SAPK) activator SEK-1 and is required for tumor necrosis factor-alpha activation of SAPK in melanoma cells". J. Biol. Chem. (UNITED STATES) 272 (5): 2620–8. ISSN 0021-9258. PMID 9006895. doi:10.1074/jbc.272.5.2620. 
  4. ^ Lee, Clement M; Onésime Djamila; Reddy C Damodara; Dhanasekaran N; Reddy E Premkumar (October 2002). "JLP: A scaffolding protein that tethers JNK/p38MAPK signaling modules and transcription factors". Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U.S.A. (United States) 99 (22): 14189–94. ISSN 0027-8424. PMC 137859. PMID 12391307. doi:10.1073/pnas.232310199. 
  5. ^ a b Park, Hee-Sae; Kim Mi-Sung; Huh Sung-Ho; Park Jihyun; Chung Jongkyeong; Kang Sang Sun; Choi Eui-Ju (January 2002). "Akt (protein kinase B) negatively regulates SEK1 by means of protein phosphorylation". J. Biol. Chem. (United States) 277 (4): 2573–8. ISSN 0021-9258. PMID 11707464. doi:10.1074/jbc.M110299200. 
  6. ^ Chen, Z; Cobb M H (May 2001). "Regulation of stress-responsive mitogen-activated protein (MAP) kinase pathways by TAO2". J. Biol. Chem. (United States) 276 (19): 16070–5. ISSN 0021-9258. PMID 11279118. doi:10.1074/jbc.M100681200. 
  7. ^ Tournier, C; Whitmarsh A J; Cavanagh J; Barrett T; Davis R J (July 1997). "Mitogen-activated protein kinase kinase 7 is an activator of the c-Jun NH2-terminal kinase". Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U.S.A. (UNITED STATES) 94 (14): 7337–42. ISSN 0027-8424. PMC 23822. PMID 9207092. doi:10.1073/pnas.94.14.7337. 
  8. ^ Cheng, J; Yang J; Xia Y; Karin M; Su B (April 2000). "Synergistic interaction of MEK kinase 2, c-Jun N-terminal kinase (JNK) kinase 2, and JNK1 results in efficient and specific JNK1 activation". Mol. Cell. Biol. (UNITED STATES) 20 (7): 2334–42. ISSN 0270-7306. PMC 85399. PMID 10713157. doi:10.1128/MCB.20.7.2334-2342.2000. 
  9. ^ Ito, M; Yoshioka K; Akechi M; Yamashita S; Takamatsu N; Sugiyama K; Hibi M; Nakabeppu Y; Shiba T; Yamamoto K I (November 1999). "JSAP1, a novel jun N-terminal protein kinase (JNK)-binding protein that functions as a Scaffold factor in the JNK signaling pathway". Mol. Cell. Biol. (UNITED STATES) 19 (11): 7539–48. ISSN 0270-7306. PMC 84763. PMID 10523642. 
  10. ^ Matsuura, Hiroshi; Nishitoh Hideki; Takeda Kohsuke; Matsuzawa Atsushi; Amagasa Teruo; Ito Michihiko; Yoshioka Katsuji; Ichijo Hidenori (October 2002). "Phosphorylation-dependent scaffolding role of JSAP1/JIP3 in the ASK1-JNK signaling pathway. A new mode of regulation of the MAP kinase cascade". J. Biol. Chem. (United States) 277 (43): 40703–9. ISSN 0021-9258. PMID 12189133. doi:10.1074/jbc.M202004200. 

Further reading

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