Pengju Zhang

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The ubiquitin ligase CUL4A has been implicated in tumorigenesis, but its contributions to progression and metastasis have not been evaluated. Here, we show that CUL4A is elevated in breast cancer as well as in ovarian, gastric, and colorectal tumors in which its expression level correlates positively with distant metastasis. CUL4A overexpression in normal(More)
BACKGROUND NKX3.1 and PCAN1 are both prostate-specific genes related to prostate development and prostate cancer. So far, little is known about the regulatory mechanisms of the expression of these two genes. In the present study, we found that NKX3.1 upregulated PCAN1 gene transcription in LNCaP prostate cancer cells. To understand the regulatory(More)
NKX3.1, a prostate-specific gene, plays an important role in prostate development and carcinogenesis. However, its precise function has not been established. In present study, we transfected the NKX3.1 eukaryotic expression plasmid (pcDNA3.1-NKX3.1) into human prostate cancer cells PC-3, which lack of NKX3.1 expression, and established stable transfectants.(More)
CyclinD1 over-expression is the key pathogenetic event underlying airway smooth muscle (ASM) proliferation. Human antigen R (HuR) is a ubiquitously expressed RNA-binding protein, and is known to regulate the expression of multiple cell cycle regulators. The aim of the study is to investigate whether HuR might also be involved in ASM proliferation. In(More)
Recent studies have revealed that microRNAs have a strong association with cancer in humans. The miRNA let-7 is highly expressed in normal lung tissue, but frequently expressed at reduced levels in lung cancers. Let-7a2 is a member of the let-7 family. So far, little is known about the transcriptional regulation of let-7a2. Our study is focused on the(More)
CUL4A encodes a core component of a cullin-based E3 ubiquitin ligase complex that regulates many critical processes such as cell cycle progression, DNA replication, DNA repair and chromatin remodeling by targeting a variety of proteins for ubiquitination and degradation. In the research described in this report we aimed to clarify whether CUL4A participates(More)
Increased cell migration and invasion lead to cancer metastasis and are crucial to cancer prognosis. In this study, we explore whether FBXW7 plays any role in metastatic process. We show that depletion of FBXW7 induces epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT) in human colon cancer cells along with the increase in cell migration and invasion. Moreover, FBXW7(More)
The interplay between host genetics, tumor microenvironment and environmental exposure in cancer susceptibility remains poorly understood. Here we assessed the genetic control of stromal mediation of mammary tumor susceptibility to low dose ionizing radiation (LDIR) using backcrossed F1 into BALB/c (F1Bx) between cancer susceptible (BALB/c) and resistant(More)
CUL4A has been proposed as oncogene in several types of human cancer, but its clinical significance and functional role in human non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) remain unclear. Expression level of CUL4A was examined by RT-PCR and Western blot. Forced expression of CUL4A was mediated by retroviruses, and CUL4A silencing by shRNAs expressing lentiviruses.(More)
Chemotherapy, hormonal therapy, or surgery may cause devastating toxic or other side effects. Androgen receptors (ARs) in the cytoplasm are activated by binding with androgen. Androgen-activated ARs bind to a specific genomic DNA sequence, the androgen-responsive element (ARE), and initiate gene expression at the transcriptional level. Even without androgen(More)