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      A pseudogene long noncoding RNA network regulates PTEN transcription and translation in human cells


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          PTEN is a tumor suppressor gene that has been shown to be under the regulatory control of a PTEN pseudogene expressed noncoding RNA, PTENpg1. Here, we characterize a previously unidentified PTENpg1 encoded antisense RNA (asRNA), which regulates PTEN transcription and PTEN mRNA stability. We find two PTENpg1 asRNA isoforms, alpha and beta. The alpha isoform functions in trans, localizes to the PTEN promoter, and epigenetically modulates PTEN transcription by the recruitment of DNMT3a and EZH2. In contrast, the beta isoform interacts with PTENpg1 through an RNA:RNA pairing interaction, which affects PTEN protein output via changes of PTENpg1 stability and microRNA sponge activity. Disruption of this asRNA-regulated network induces cell cycle arrest and sensitizes cells to doxorubicin, suggesting a biological function for the respective PTENpg1 expressed asRNAs.

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          A coding-independent function of gene and pseudogene mRNAs regulates tumour biology

          The canonical role of messenger RNA (mRNA) is to deliver protein-coding information to sites of protein synthesis. However, given that microRNAs bind to RNAs, we hypothesized that RNAs possess a biological role in cancer cells that relies upon their ability to compete for microRNA binding and is independent of their protein-coding function. As a paradigm for the protein-coding-independent role of RNAs, we describe the functional relationship between the mRNAs produced by the PTEN tumour suppressor gene and its pseudogene (PTENP1) and the critical consequences of this interaction. We find that PTENP1 is biologically active as determined by its ability to regulate cellular levels of PTEN, and that it can exert a growth-suppressive role. We also show that PTENP1 locus is selectively lost in human cancer. We extend our analysis to other cancer-related genes that possess pseudogenes, such as oncogenic KRAS. Further, we demonstrate that the transcripts of protein coding genes such as PTEN are also biologically active. Together, these findings attribute a novel biological role to expressed pseudogenes, as they can regulate coding gene expression, and reveal a non-coding function for mRNAs.
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            Molecular interplay of the noncoding RNA ANRIL and methylated histone H3 lysine 27 by polycomb CBX7 in transcriptional silencing of INK4a.

            Expression of the INK4b/ARF/INK4a tumor suppressor locus in normal and cancerous cell growth is controlled by methylation of histone H3 at lysine 27 (H3K27me) as directed by the Polycomb group proteins. The antisense noncoding RNA ANRIL of the INK4b/ARF/INK4a locus is also important for expression of the protein-coding genes in cis, but its mechanism has remained elusive. Here we report that chromobox 7 (CBX7) within the polycomb repressive complex 1 binds to ANRIL, and both CBX7 and ANRIL are found at elevated levels in prostate cancer tissues. In concert with H3K27me recognition, binding to RNA contributes to CBX7 function, and disruption of either interaction impacts the ability of CBX7 to repress the INK4b/ARF/INK4a locus and control senescence. Structure-guided analysis reveals the molecular interplay between noncoding RNA and H3K27me as mediated by the conserved chromodomain. Our study suggests a mechanism by which noncoding RNA participates directly in epigenetic transcriptional repression. Copyright (c) 2010 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
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              Involvement of PI3K/Akt pathway in cell cycle progression, apoptosis, and neoplastic transformation: a target for cancer chemotherapy.

              The PI3K/Akt signal transduction cascade has been investigated extensively for its roles in oncogenic transformation. Initial studies implicated both PI3K and Akt in prevention of apoptosis. However, more recent evidence has also associated this pathway with regulation of cell cycle progression. Uncovering the signaling network spanning from extracellular environment to the nucleus should illuminate biochemical events contributing to malignant transformation. Here, we discuss PI3K/Akt-mediated signal transduction including its mechanisms of activation, signal transducing molecules, and effects on gene expression that contribute to tumorigenesis. Effects of PI3K/Akt signaling on important proteins controlling cellular proliferation are emphasized. These targets include cyclins, cyclin-dependent kinases, and cyclin-dependent kinase inhibitors. Furthermore, strategies used to inhibit the PI3K/Akt pathway are presented. The potential for cancer treatment with agents inhibiting this pathway is also addressed.

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                Nat Struct Mol Biol
                Nat. Struct. Mol. Biol.
                Nature structural & molecular biology
                10 January 2013
                24 February 2013
                April 2013
                01 October 2013
                : 20
                : 4
                : 440-446
                [1 ]Department of Oncology and Pathology, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden
                [2 ]Department of Molecular and Experimental Medicine, The Scripps Research Institute, La Jolla, CA, USA
                [4 ]Biotechnology and Biomedical Sciences, The University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia
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                [5 ]Corresponding authors, Kevin V. Morris ( kmorris@ 123456scripps.edu ), Dan Grandér ( dan.grander@ 123456ki.se )

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