Role of ZNF143 in tumor growth through transcriptional regulation of DNA replication and cell-cycle-associated genes

Hiroto Izumi, Tetsuro Wakasugi, Shohei Shimajiri, Akihide Tanimoto, Yasuyuki Sasaguri, Eiji Kashiwagi, Yoshihiro Yasuniwa, Masaki Akiyama, Bin Han, Ying Wu, Takeshi Uchiumi, Tokuzo Arao, Kazuto Nishio, Ryuta Yamazaki, Kimitoshi Kohno

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The cell cycle is strictly regulated by numerous mechanisms to ensure cell division. The transcriptional regulation of cell-cycle-related genes is poorly understood, with the exception of the E2F family that governs the cell cycle. Here, we show that a transcription factor, zinc finger protein 143 (ZNF143), positively regulates many cell-cycle-associated genes and is highly expressed in multiple solid tumors. RNA-interference (RNAi)-mediated knockdown of ZNF143 showed that expression of 152 genes was downregulated in human prostate cancer PC3 cells. Among these ZNF143 targets, 41 genes (27%) were associated with cell cycle and DNA replication including cell division cycle 6 homolog (CDC6), polo-like kinase 1 (PLK1) and minichromosome maintenance complex component (MCM) DNA replication proteins. Furthermore, RNAi of ZNF143 induced apoptosis following G2/M cell cycle arrest. Cell growth of 10 lung cancer cell lines was significantly correlated with cellular expression of ZNF143. Our data suggest that ZNF143 might be a master regulator of the cell cycle. Our findings also indicate that ZNF143 is a member of the growing list of non-oncogenes that are promising cancer drug targets. (Cancer Sci 2010; 101: 2538-2545)

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2538-2545
Number of pages8
JournalCancer Science
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - Dec 1 2010


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Oncology
  • Cancer Research

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