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PMID:12833143

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Citation

Pérez-Losada, J, Sánchez-Martín, M, Pérez-Caro, M, Pérez-Mancera, PA and Sánchez-García, I (2003) The radioresistance biological function of the SCF/kit signaling pathway is mediated by the zinc-finger transcription factor Slug. Oncogene 22:4205-11

Abstract

Radiation-induced destruction of the hematopoietic system is the primary cause of death based on the findings that transfer of normal bone marrow cells prevents death from lethal irradiation. The stem cell factor-c-kit signaling pathway (SCF/c-kit) has been previously implicated in the hematopoietic recovery which prevents death from lethal irradiation, but the molecular mechanisms that mediate this biological effect are unknown. Since mutations on SCF, c-kit and Slug genes have a similar phenotype in mice, we examined if Slug could complement the radiosensitivity of kit-deficient mice. In this report, we show that Slug acts as a radioprotection agent as lack of Slug results in increased radiosensitivity. This effect cannot be recovered by activating SCF/c-kit in lethally irradiated Slug-deficient mice, as SCF-treated mice did not demonstrate stimulation of hematopoietic recovery leading to survival of the Slug-deficient mice. We found that we could complement the hematopoietic failure in lethally irradiated c-kit-deficient mice by transducing them with a TAT-Slug protein. We conclude that the zinc-finger transcription factor Slug is absolutely necessary for survival from lethal irradiation and identify Slug as the molecular target that mediates the radioprotection through SCF/c-kit. These results indicate that Slug may be a molecular component conferring radioresistance to cancer cells.

Links

PubMed Online version:10.1038/sj.onc.1206467

Keywords

Animals; Bone Marrow Cells/metabolism; Cell Survival; DNA/metabolism; DNA Damage; Gamma Rays; Genotype; Heterozygote; Homozygote; Immunoblotting; Mice; Microscopy, Fluorescence; Mutation; Oncogene Proteins/metabolism; Open Reading Frames; Phenotype; Proto-Oncogene Proteins c-kit/genetics; Proto-Oncogene Proteins c-kit/metabolism; Proto-Oncogene Proteins c-kit/physiology; Signal Transduction; Stem Cell Factor/metabolism; Time Factors; Transcription Factors/genetics; Transcription Factors/metabolism; Transcription Factors/physiology; Zinc Fingers

Significance

Annotations

Gene product Qualifier GO Term Evidence Code with/from Aspect Extension Notes Status

MOUSE:KIT

acts_upstream_of_or_within

GO:0009314: response to radiation

ECO:0000315: mutant phenotype evidence used in manual assertion

MGI:MGI:1856266

P

Seeded From UniProt

complete

MOUSE:SNAI2

acts_upstream_of_or_within

GO:0042981: regulation of apoptotic process

ECO:0000305: curator inference used in manual assertion

GO:0006355
GO:0009314

P

Seeded From UniProt

complete

MOUSE:SNAI2

acts_upstream_of_or_within

GO:0009314: response to radiation

ECO:0000314: direct assay evidence used in manual assertion

P

Seeded From UniProt

complete

MOUSE:SNAI2

part_of

GO:0005634: nucleus

ECO:0000314: direct assay evidence used in manual assertion

C

Seeded From UniProt

complete

MOUSE:SNAI2

acts_upstream_of_or_within

GO:0009314: response to radiation

ECO:0000315: mutant phenotype evidence used in manual assertion

MGI:MGI:2447176

P

Seeded From UniProt

complete


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