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Ferrer I.,Institute Biomedicina Of Seville Huvr | Ferrer I.,Institute Dinvestigacio Biomedica Of Bellvitge Idibell | Blanco-Aparicio C.,Institute Biomedicina Of Seville Huvr | Peregrina S.,Institute Biomedicina Of Seville Huvr | And 8 more authors.
Cell Cycle | Year: 2011

The scaffold protein Spinophilin (SPN) is a regulatory subunit of phosphatase1a located at 17q21.33. This region is frequently associated with microsatellite instability and LOH containing a relatively high density of known tumor suppressor genes, including BRCA1. Several linkage studies have suggested the existence of an unknown tumor suppressor gene distal to BRCA1. Spn may be this gene but the mechanism through this gene make its contribution to cancer has not been described. In this study, we aimed to determine how loss of Spn may contribute to tumorigenesis. We explored the contribution of SPN to PP 1a-mediated Rb regulation. We found that the loss of Spn downregulated PPP 1CA and PP 1a activity, resulting in a high level of phosphorylated Rb, and increased ARF and p53 activity. However, in the absence of p53, reduced levels of SPN enhanced the tumorigenic potential of the cells. Furthermore, the ectopic expression of SPN in human tumor cells greatly reduced cell growth. Taken together, our results demonstrate that the loss of Spn induces a proliferative response by increasing Rb phosphorylation, which in turn activates p53, thereby, neutralizing the proliferative response. We suggest that Spn may be the tumor suppressor gene located at 17q21.33 acting through Rb regulation. © 2011 Landes Bioscience.

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