Yusuke Suenaga

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Although it has been well documented that loss of human chromosome 11q is frequently observed in primary neuroblastomas, the smallest region of overlap (SRO) has not yet been precisely identified. Previously, we performed array-comparative genomic hybridization (array-CGH) analysis for 236 primary neuroblastomas to search for genomic aberrations with(More)
Deletion of the distal region of chromosome 1 frequently occurs in a variety of human cancers, including aggressive neuroblastoma. Previously, we have identified a 500-kb homozygously deleted region at chromosome 1p36.2 harboring at least six genes in a neuroblastoma-derived cell line NB1/C201. Among them, only KIF1Bbeta, a member of the kinesin superfamily(More)
The rearrangement of pre-existing genes has long been thought of as the major mode of new gene generation. Recently, de novo gene birth from non-genic DNA was found to be an alternative mechanism to generate novel protein-coding genes. However, its functional role in human disease remains largely unknown. Here we show that NCYM, a cis-antisense gene of the(More)
Although it has been shown that the gastric tumor suppressor RUNX3 has a growth inhibitory activity, the precise molecular mechanisms behind RUNX3-mediated tumor suppression remained unclear. In this study, we found that RUNX3 is closely involved in DNA damage-dependent phosphorylation of tumor suppressor p53 at Ser-15 and acts as a co-activator for p53.(More)
PURPOSE Our previous study showed that expression of NLRR3 is significantly high in favorable neuroblastomas (NBL), whereas that of NLRR1 is significantly high in unfavorable NBLs. However, the molecular mechanism of transcriptional regulation of NLRR3 remains elusive. This study was undertaken to clarify the transcriptional regulation of NLRR3 and its(More)
NCYM is a cis-antisense gene of MYCN and is amplified in human neuroblastomas. High NCYM expression is associated with poor prognoses, and the NCYM protein stabilizes MYCN to promote proliferation of neuroblastoma cells. However, the molecular mechanisms of NCYM in the regulation of cell survival have remained poorly characterized. Here we show that NCYM(More)
p63 is expressed as multiple variants including TA and DeltaN forms. Since p63-deficient mice displayed profound defects of stratified epithelia, p63 is an essential transcription factor required for epidermal morphogenesis. However, precise molecular mechanisms behind contribution of p63 to normal skin formation and healing skin wounds remained unclear. In(More)
TBP-related factor 2 (TRF2), one of the TBP family proteins, is involved in various cellular functions through its transcription stimulation activity. We previously reported that TRF2 is involved in reduction of wee1 mRNA in genotoxin-treated chicken cells. In this study, we investigated the role of TRF2 in wee1 gene expression. It was found that wee1 mRNA(More)
NFBD1/MDC1 is a large nuclear protein with an anti-apoptotic potential which participates in DNA damage response. Recently, we have demonstrated that NFBD1 has an inhibitory effect on pro-apoptotic p53 and DNA damage-induced transcriptional repression of NFBD1 plays an important role in p53-dependent apoptotic response. In this study, we have found that(More)
Neuroblastoma (NB) is the most common extracranial solid tumor that originates from multipotent neural crest cells. NB cell populations that express embryonic stem cell-associated genes have been identified and shown to retain a multipotent phenotype. However, whether somatic reprogramming of NB cells can produce similar stem-cell like populations is(More)