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Ryusuke Nagamine, Hiroki Korenaga, Masahiro Sakai, Christopher J Secombes, Tomoya Kono
In fish, T cell lineage commitment has not been studied, although there are reports related to CD4 and CD8 positive cells. This study describes the cloning and analysis of a master regulator involved in this process, the Th-POK gene in Japanese pufferfish, Takifugu rubripes. The Fugu Th-POK cDNA was composed of 1901 bp, with a 75 bp 5'-UTR, a 131 bp 3'-UTR, and a 1692 bp open reading frame which translates into a peptide of 564 amino acid residues. The deduced Fugu Th-POK protein contained a BTB/POZ domain, Krüppel motif (H/C linker) and Krüppel-like zinc finger DNA binding domain with C2H2 structure...
February 2013: Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology. Part B, Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Xuefeng Yang, Xuyu Zu, Jing Tang, Wei Xiong, Yuan Zhang, Feng Liu, Yuyang Jiang
Zbtb7, a member of the POK protein family, is involved in tumorigenesis and cellular differentiation by acting as a crucial transcription factor, but its role in cell cycle modulation remains uncharacterized. In the present study, CDK2 and E2F4, two cell cycle regulators, are shown to be downregulated at the mRNA and protein levels by Zbtb7 in HepG2 and QGY7703 cells. Moreover, we demonstrate that the activities of CDK2 and E2F4 promoters were suppressed by the modulation of Zbtb7 levels and that Zbtb7 represses promoter activities through a mechanism involving direct binding of Zbtb7 to the promoters...
June 2012: Molecular Medicine Reports
Antonio Salas, Ana Vega, Roger L Milne, Manuel García-Magariños, Alvaro Ruibal, Javier Benítez, Angel Carracedo
It has been proposed that the excess of familiar risk associated with breast cancer could be explained by the cumulative effect of multiple weakly predisposing alleles. The transcriptional repressor FBI1, also known as Pokemon, has recently been identified as a critical factor in oncogenesis. This protein is encoded by the ZBTB7 gene. Here we aimed to determine whether polymorphisms in ZBTB7 are associated with breast cancer risk in a sample of cases and controls collected in hospitals from North and Central Spanish patients...
2008: Clinical Medicine. Oncology
Xiao-bo Zhang, Zheng-yan Tang, Xiong-bin Zu, Lin Qi, Jing-de Ruan
OBJECTIVE: To search for a new method of screening for molecular targets for androgen-dependent prostate cancer. METHODS: We collected tissue samples and paired serum samples from 3 cases of androgen-dependent prostate cancer (ADPC) treated by surgical resection, and included another 3 samples of benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) tissue and normal human serum in the control group. The total proteins extracted were separated and transmembrane by two-dimensional gel electrophoresis, followed by hybridization with the sera of the patients with ADPC and those with hormone-independent prostate cancer (HIPC) as the primary antibodies...
May 2010: Zhonghua Nan Ke Xue, National Journal of Andrology
Hongyan Qu, Danni Qu, Fuhui Chen, Zhenyu Zhang, Baogang Liu, Haifeng Liu
ZBTB7 was recently recognized as a proto-oncogene. We studied its prognostic value and relationship to clinicopathological variables in 125 breast cancer patients. ZBTB7 expression was significantly higher in breast cancer tissues than in normal breast tissues, but its gene amplification copies were relatively low. ZBTB7 expression levels were significantly correlated with histological grade (p = .023) and marginally inversely correlated with the presence of estrogen receptors (p = .053); its overexpression significantly predicted shorter recurrence-free survival (p = ...
July 2010: Cancer Investigation
Peter J Stogios, Lu Chen, Gilbert G Privé
BTB-zinc finger (BTB-ZF) proteins are transcription regulators with roles in development, differentiation, and oncogenesis. In these proteins, the BTB domain (also known as the POZ domain) is a protein-protein interaction motif that contains a dimerization interface, a possible oligomerization surface, and surfaces for interactions with other factors, including nuclear co-repressors and histone deacetylases. The BTB-ZF protein LRF (also known as ZBTB7, FBI-1, OCZF, and Pokemon) is a master regulator of oncogenesis, and represses the transcription of a variety of important genes, including the ARF, c-fos, and c-myc oncogenes and extracellular matrix genes...
February 2007: Protein Science: a Publication of the Protein Society
Kevin F Kelly, Juliet M Daniel
The BTB/POZ-ZF [Broad complex, Tramtrack, Bric à brac (BTB) or poxvirus and zinc finger (POZ)-zinc finger] protein family comprises a diverse group of transcription factors. POZ-ZF proteins have been implicated in many biological processes, including B cell fate determination, DNA damage responses, cell cycle progression and a multitude of developmental events, including gastrulation, limb formation and hematopoietic stem cell fate determination. Consequently, dysfunction of vertebrate POZ-ZF proteins, such as promyelocytic leukemia zinc finger (PLZF), B cell lymphoma 6 (Bcl-6), hypermethylated in cancer 1 (HIC-1), Kaiso, ZBTB7 and Fanconi anemia zinc finger (FAZF), has been linked directly or indirectly to tumorigenesis and developmental disorders...
November 2006: Trends in Cell Biology
Takahiro Maeda, Robin M Hobbs, Taha Merghoub, Ilhem Guernah, Arthur Zelent, Carlos Cordon-Cardo, Julie Teruya-Feldstein, Pier Paolo Pandolfi
Aberrant transcriptional repression through chromatin remodelling and histone deacetylation has been postulated to represent a driving force underlying tumorigenesis because histone deacetylase inhibitors have been found to be effective in cancer treatment. However, the molecular mechanisms by which transcriptional derepression would be linked to tumour suppression are poorly understood. Here we identify the transcriptional repressor Pokemon (encoded by the Zbtb7 gene) as a critical factor in oncogenesis. Mouse embryonic fibroblasts lacking Zbtb7 are completely refractory to oncogene-mediated cellular transformation...
January 20, 2005: Nature
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