SRp20 is a proto-oncogene critical for cell proliferation and tumor induction and maintenance

Tumor Virus RNA Biology Laboratory, HIV and AIDS Malignancy Branch, Center for Cancer Research, National Cancer Institute, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD, USA.
International journal of biological sciences (Impact Factor: 4.37). 12/2010; 6(7):806-26.
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ABSTRACT Tumor cells display a different profile of gene expression than their normal counterparts. Perturbations in the levels of cellular splicing factors can alter gene expression, potentially leading to tumorigenesis. We found that splicing factor SRp20 (SFRS3) is highly expressed in cancers. SRp20 regulated the expression of Forkhead box transcription factor M1 (FoxM1) and two of its transcriptional targets, PLK1 and Cdc25B, and controlled cell cycle progression and proliferation. Cancer cells with RNAi-mediated reduction of SRp20 expression exhibited G2/M arrest, growth retardation, and apoptosis. Increased SRp20 expression in rodent fibroblasts promoted immortal cell growth and transformation. More importantly, we found that SRp20 promoted tumor induction and the maintenance of tumor growth in nude mice and rendered immortal rodent fibroblasts tumorigenic. Collectively, these results suggest that increased SRp20 expression in tumor cells is a critical step for tumor initiation, progression, and maintenance.

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    • "Moreover, mutations in several components of the spliceosome were recently discovered in several cancers and are predicted to be driver mutations, providing further confirmation that splicing factors are indeed important players in cancer development (Papaemmanuil et al. 2011; Quesada et al. 2012). However, there is only limited information regarding the causal/functional role of alternative splicing regulators in cancer development and progression (Karni et al. 2007; Jia et al. 2010; Golan-Gerstl et al. 2011; Lefave et al. 2011; Anczukow et al. 2012; Cohen-Eliav et al. 2013). hnRNP proteins are abundant RNA-binding proteins expressed in most human tissues (Hanamura et al. 1998; Cooper et al. 2009). "
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    • "SRSF3 has been shown to regulate the splicing of fibronectin (de la Mata and Kornblihtt, 2006), itself (Jumaa and Nielsen, 1997), pyruvate kinase M (Christofk et al., 2008) and p53 (Tang et al., 2013). Knockout studies indicated that SRSF3 is essential for mouse development, hepatocyte differentiation and metabolic function, as well as tumor cell proliferation and maintenance (Sen et al., 2013; He et al., 2011; Jia et al., 2010; Jumaa et al., 1999). However, an understanding of the regulatory mechanisms of SRSF3 function is necessary to decipher the different effects caused by different modulators, such as caffeine. "
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    • "Moreover, when looking at SRp20 function in the splicing of human papillomavirus (HPV) RNA, Jia and collaborators found a remarkable increase in SRp20 expression in cervical cancer tissues [62]. This phenomenon is not limited to HPV-induced cancers; SRp20 is overexpressed also in lung, breast, stomach, skin, bladder, colon, liver, thyroid, and kidney tumor tissue, and in B-cell lymphoma cells [62]. SRp20 over-expression is required for ovarian cancer cell growth and maintenance of transformation properties [63] [64]. "
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