RB's original CIN?

Department of Pediatrics, Stanford University, Stanford, California 94305, USA.
Genes & development (Impact Factor: 10.8). 07/2010; 24(13):1329-33. DOI: 10.1101/gad.1948010
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The retinoblastoma tumor suppressor RB is the downstream mediator of a cellular pathway that is thought to prevent cancer by controlling the ability of cells to enter or exit the cell cycle in G0/G1. Recently, however, accumulating evidence has suggested that RB, its family members p107 and p130, and their partners, the E2F family of transcription factors, may have important cellular functions beyond the G1/S transition of the cell cycle, including during DNA replication and at the transition into mitosis. In this issue of Genes & Development, three studies demonstrate a critical role for RB in proper chromosome condensation, centromeric function, and chromosome stability in mammalian cells, and link these cellular functions of RB to tumor suppression in mice. Here we discuss how transcriptional and post-transcriptional mechanisms under the control of the RB pathway ensure accurate progression through mitosis, thereby preventing cancer development.

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    • "Retinoblastoma (Rb) is a tumor suppressor gene playing important role in cell cycle regulation in proliferation, apoptosis, and neuron survival [37]–[41]. In proliferating cells, cyclins/CDKs could phosphorylate Rb protein, which in turn acts as a transcriptional factor and regulates its downstream gene expression for cell cycle process [42]. "
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    • "It was one of the first tumor suppressor genes identified and is commonly inactivated in several tumor types (Marshall, 1991). It is common for tumors with inactivating mutations in pRB to be aneuploid with an increased susceptibility to changes in DNA ploidy (Isaac et al., 2006; Mayhew et al., 2007; Srinivasan et al., 2007; Amato et al., 2009a,b), and recent reports have shown that pRB influences mitosis through a function that is independent of its role in cell cycle progression (Sage and Straight, 2010). The E2F transcription factor family proteins are downstream targets that are negatively regulated by pRB. "
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    • "Rb is a transcriptional repressor of the E2F-target genes important for G1/S transition but also controls the G2/M transition by direct transcriptional regulations and epigenetic regulations (Sage and Straight, 2010). For example, the E2F-target gene MAD2L1 encoding the mitotic checkpoint protein MAD2 is downregulated in Rb-deficient MEFs, which leads to genomic instability (Hernando et al., 2004). "
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