The spliceosome as a target of novel antitumour drugs.

1] Centre de Regulació Genòmica, Dr. Aiguader 88, 08003 Barcelona, Spain. [2] Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Dr. Aiguader 88, 08003 Barcelona, Spain. [3].
dressNature Reviews Drug Discovery (Impact Factor: 37.23). 11/2012; 11(11):847-59. DOI: 10.1038/nrd3823
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ABSTRACT Several bacterial fermentation products and their synthetic derivatives display antitumour activities and bind tightly to components of the spliceosome, which is the complex molecular machinery involved in the removal of introns from mRNA precursors in eukaryotic cells. The drugs alter gene expression, including alternative splicing, of genes that are important for cancer progression. A flurry of recent reports has revealed that genes encoding splicing factors, including the drug target splicing factor 3B subunit 1 (SF3B1), are among the most highly mutated in various haematological malignancies such as chronic lymphocytic leukaemia and myelodysplastic syndromes. These observations highlight the role of splicing factors in cancer and suggest that an understanding of the molecular effects of drugs targeting these proteins could open new perspectives for studies of the spliceosome and its role in cancer progression, and for the development of novel antitumour therapies.

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