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Permanent URL to this publication: http://dx.doi.org/10.5167/uzh-49972

Brauckhoff, A; Malz, M; Tschaharganeh, D; Malek, N; Weber, A; Riener, M O; Soll, C; Samarin, J; Bissinger, M; Schmidt, J; Longerich, T; Ehemann, V; Schirmacher, P; Breuhahn, K (2011). Nuclear expression of the ubiquitin ligase seven in absentia homolog (SIAH)-1 induces proliferation and migration of liver cancer cells. Journal of Hepatology, 55(5):1049-1057.

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BACKGROUND & AIMS: Differential expression of tumor-relevant proteins based on aberrant proteasomal degradation may contribute to human (hepato)carcinogenesis. Recently, we identified the E3 ubiquitin ligase seven in absentia homolog (SIAH)-1 as frequently dysregulated in human hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). We therefore systematically analyzed the expression, functional relevance, as well as possible downstream effectors of SIAH-1 in human liver carcinogenesis. METHODS: SIAH-1 expression was analyzed at the transcript and protein levels in human hepatocarcinogenesis and in HCC cells. Proliferation, apoptosis, and migration of different HCC cell lines were examined after siRNA-mediated inhibition of SIAH-1. In order to identify downstream effectors that mediate SIAH-1 effects, correlative analyses of protein expression profiles were performed. RESULTS: In HCC tissues both reduction of cytoplasmic SIAH-1 and especially its nuclear accumulation positively correlated with HCC progression. RNA interference revealed that nuclear expression of SIAH-1 predominantly supported HCC cell proliferation and migration while only moderately affecting anti-apoptosis. In de-differentiated human HCCs, nuclear SIAH-1 accumulation significantly correlated with the expression of the transcription factor far-upstream element (FUSE)-binding protein (FBP)-3. In vitro, SIAH-1 positively and indirectly regulated FBP-3 which itself primarily supported HCC cell proliferation. Indeed, high level expression of FBP-3 in human HCCs significantly correlated with reduced overall survival of patients. CONCLUSIONS: Nuclear accumulation of the E3 ubiquitin ligase SIAH-1 supports different pro-tumorigenic cellular processes associated with tumor growth and tumor cell dissemination in human hepatocarcinogenesis. It promotes HCC cell proliferation by at least partly employing the transcription factor FBP-3. Therefore, interference with SIAH-1 activity represents a promising approach to suppress HCC growth.


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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:04 Faculty of Medicine > University Hospital Zurich > Institute of Surgical Pathology
Dewey Decimal Classification:610 Medicine & health
Deposited On:19 Oct 2011 13:02
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 15:02
Publisher DOI:10.1016/j.jhep.2011.02.019
PubMed ID:21356256

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