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The epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT) has recently been linked to stem cell phenotype. However, the molecular mechanism underlying EMT and regulation of stemness remains elusive. Here, using genomic approaches, we show that tumour suppressor p53 has a role in regulating both EMT and EMT-associated stem cell properties through transcriptional(More)
Enhancer of Zeste homolog 2 (EZH2) is a methyltransferase that plays an important role in many biological processes through its ability to trimethylate lysine 27 in histone H3. Here, we show that Akt phosphorylates EZH2 at serine 21 and suppresses its methyltransferase activity by impeding EZH2 binding to histone H3, which results in a decrease of lysine 27(More)
TNFalpha has recently emerged as a regulator linking inflammation to cancer pathogenesis, but the detailed cellular and molecular mechanisms underlying this link remain to be elucidated. The tuberous sclerosis 1 (TSC1)/TSC2 tumor suppressor complex serves as a repressor of the mTOR pathway, and disruption of TSC1/TSC2 complex function may contribute to(More)
It has been proposed that an aggressive secondary cancer stem cell population arises from a primary cancer stem cell population through acquisition of additional genetic mutations and drives cancer progression. Overexpression of Polycomb protein EZH2, essential in stem cell self-renewal, has been linked to breast cancer progression. However, critical(More)
Apoptosis is critical for embryonic development, tissue homeostasis, and tumorigenesis and is determined largely by the Bcl-2 family of antiapoptotic and prosurvival regulators. Here, we report that glycogen synthase kinase 3 (GSK-3) was required for Mcl-1 degradation, and we identified a novel mechanism for proteasome-mediated Mcl-1 turnover in which(More)
Mammalian target of rapamycin (mTOR) regulates various cellular functions, including tumorigenesis, and is inhibited by the tuberous sclerosis 1 (TSC1)-TSC2 complex. Here, we demonstrate that arrest-defective protein 1 (ARD1) physically interacts with, acetylates, and stabilizes TSC2, thereby repressing mTOR activity. The inhibition of mTOR by ARD1 inhibits(More)
IkappaB kinase beta (IKKbeta) is involved in tumor development and progression through activation of the nuclear factor (NF)-kappaB pathway. However, the molecular mechanism that regulates IKKbeta degradation remains largely unknown. Here, we show that a Cullin 3 (CUL3)-based ubiquitin ligase, Kelch-like ECH-associated protein 1 (KEAP1), is responsible for(More)
The proliferating cell nuclear antigen (PCNA) is an essential protein for DNA replication and damage repair. How its function is controlled remains an important question. Here, we show that the chromatin-bound PCNA protein is phosphorylated on Tyr 211, which is required for maintaining its function on chromatin and is dependent on the tyrosine kinase(More)
Hormone-refractory relapse is an inevitable and lethal event for advanced prostate cancer patients after hormone deprivation. A growing body of evidence indicates that hormone deprivation may promote this aggressive prostate cancer phenotype. Notably, androgen receptor (AR) not only mediates the effect of androgen on the tumor initiation but also plays the(More)
Myeloid cell leukemia-1 (Mcl-1), an antiapoptotic Bcl-2 family member, is overexpressed in many types of human cancer and associates with cell immortalization, malignant transformation, and chemoresistance. Glycogen synthase kinase-3beta (GSK-3beta), a key component of the Wnt signaling pathway, is involved in multiple physiologic processes such as protein(More)