Vega, S. et al. Snail blocks the cell cycle and confers resistance to cell death. Genes Dev. 18, 1131-143

Complutense University of Madrid, Madrid, Madrid, Spain
Genes & Development (Impact Factor: 10.8). 06/2004; 18(10):1131-43. DOI: 10.1101/gad.294104
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The Snail zinc-finger transcription factors trigger epithelial-mesenchymal transitions (EMTs), endowing epithelial cells with migratory and invasive properties during both embryonic development and tumor progression. During EMT, Snail provokes the loss of epithelial markers, as well as changes in cell shape and the expression of mesenchymal markers. Here, we show that in addition to inducing dramatic phenotypic alterations, Snail attenuates the cell cycle and confers resistance to cell death induced by the withdrawal of survival factors and by pro-apoptotic signals. Hence, Snail favors changes in cell shape versus cell division, indicating that with respect to oncogenesis, although a deregulation/increase in proliferation is crucial for tumor formation and growth, this may not be so for tumor malignization. Finally, the resistance to cell death conferred by Snail provides a selective advantage to embryonic cells to migrate and colonize distant territories, and to malignant cells to separate from the primary tumor, invade, and form metastasis.

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    • "Conversely, some metalloproteases, such as MMP- 3 and MMP-13, can induce EMT [54] [55]. Additionally, TGF-í µí»½ confers resistance to cell death and DNA damage [56]. In fact, Snail and Slug factors repress proapoptotic genes expression, in particular PUMA, ATM, and PTEN that are usually upregulated in the p53-mediated apoptotic pathway [57]. "
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    • "These EMT-molecular triggers repress genes encoding cadherins, claudins, cytokines, integrins, mucins and occludin proteins, thereby promoting EMT [56]. In addition, Snail confers resistance to cell death [88]. In pancreatic cancer, expression of claudin-4 was associated with significant reduction of in-vitro invasive potential, inhibition of colony formation, as well as reduction of in-vivo metastases [51]. "
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