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Dual specificity mitogen-activated protein kinase kinase 2 is an enzyme that in humans is encoded by the MAP2K2 gene.[1] It is more commonly known as MEK2, but has many alternative names including CFC4, MKK2, MAPKK2 and PRKMK2. [2]


The protein encoded by this gene is a dual specificity protein kinase that belongs to the MAP kinase kinase family. This kinase is known to play a critical role in mitogen growth factor signal transduction. It phosphorylates and thus activates MAPK1/ERK2 and MAPK3/ERK1.

The activation of this kinase itself is dependent on the Ser/Thr phosphorylation by MAP kinase kinase kinases.

The inhibition or degradation of this kinase is found to be involved in the pathogenesis of Yersinia and anthrax.[3]


MAP2K2 has been shown to interact with MAPK3[4][5][6] and ARAF.[7]


  1. Zheng CF, Guan KL (Jun 1993). "Cloning and characterization of two distinct human extracellular signal-regulated kinase activator kinases, MEK1 and MEK2". J Biol Chem. 268 (15): 11435–9. PMID 8388392.
  2. "MAP2K2 mitogen-activated protein kinase kinase 2 [Homo sapiens (human)] - Gene - NCBI". Retrieved 2015-10-16.
  3. "Entrez Gene: MAP2K2 mitogen-activated protein kinase kinase 2".
  4. Marti, A; Luo Z; Cunningham C; Ohta Y; Hartwig J; Stossel T P; Kyriakis J M; Avruch J (Jan 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. doi:10.1074/jbc.272.5.2620. ISSN 0021-9258. PMID 9006895.
  5. Butch, E R; Guan K L (Feb 1996). "Characterization of ERK1 activation site mutants and the effect on recognition by MEK1 and MEK2". J. Biol. Chem. UNITED STATES. 271 (8): 4230–5. doi:10.1074/jbc.271.8.4230. ISSN 0021-9258. PMID 8626767.
  6. Zheng, C F; Guan K L (Nov 1993). "Properties of MEKs, the kinases that phosphorylate and activate the extracellular signal-regulated kinases". J. Biol. Chem. UNITED STATES. 268 (32): 23933–9. ISSN 0021-9258. PMID 8226933.
  7. Yin, Xiang L; Chen She; Yan Jun; Hu Yun; Gu Jian X (Feb 2002). "Identification of interaction between MEK2 and A-Raf-1". Biochim. Biophys. Acta. Netherlands. 1589 (1): 71–6. doi:10.1016/S0167-4889(01)00188-4. ISSN 0006-3002. PMID 11909642.

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