Oncogenic RAS directs silencing of tumor suppressor genes through ordered recruitment of transcriptional repressors

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  • We previously identified 28 cofactors through which a RAS oncoprotein directs transcriptional silencing of Fas and other tumor suppressor genes (TSGs). Here we performed RNAi-based epistasis experiments and found that RAS-directed silencing occurs through a highly ordered pathway that is initiated by binding of ZFP354B, a sequencespecific DNA-binding protein, and culminates in recruitment of the DNA methyltransferase DNMT1. RNAi and pharmacological inhibition experiments reveal that silencing requires continuous function of RAS and its cofactors and can be rapidly reversed, which may have therapeutic implications for reactivation of silenced TSGs in RAS-positive cancers. © 2013 Wajapeyee et al.
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  • Wajapeyee N; Malonia SK; Palakurthy RK; Green MR
  • Start Page

  • 2221
  • End Page

  • 2226
  • Volume

  • 27
  • Issue

  • 20