Five human genes encoding F-box proteins: chromosome mapping and analysis in human tumors.

TitleFive human genes encoding F-box proteins: chromosome mapping and analysis in human tumors.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2000
AuthorsChiaur DS, Murthy S, Cenciarelli C, Parks W, Loda M, Inghirami G, Demetrick D, Pagano M
JournalCytogenet Cell Genet
Date Published2000
KeywordsAmino Acid Motifs, Blotting, Southern, Carcinoma, Small Cell, Chromosome Aberrations, Chromosome Deletion, Female, Genetic Testing, Humans, In Situ Hybridization, Fluorescence, Lung Neoplasms, Male, Multigene Family, Neoplasms, Peptide Synthases, Physical Chromosome Mapping, SKP Cullin F-Box Protein Ligases, Tumor Cells, Cultured

Members of the F-box protein (Fbp) family are characterized by an approximately 40 amino acid F-box motif. SCF complexes (formed by Skp1, cullin, and one of many Fbps) act as protein-ubiquitin ligases that control the G(1)/S transition of the eukaryotic cell cycle. The substrate specificity of SCF complexes is determined by the presence of different Fbp subunits that recruit specific substrates for ubiquitination. Unchecked degradation of cellular regulatory proteins has been observed in certain tumors and it is possible that deregulated ubiquitin ligases play a role in the altered degradation of cell cycle regulators. We have recently identified a family of human Fbps. As a first step aimed at determining if FBP genes could be involved in human neoplasia, we have mapped the chromosome positions of 5 FBP genes by fluorescence in situ hybridization (FISH) to 10q24 (BTRC alias beta-TRCP/FBW1a), 9q34 (FBXW2 alias FBW2), 13q22 (FBXL3A alias FBL3a), 5p12 (FBXO4 alias FBX4) and 6q25-->q26 (FBXO5 alias FBX5). Since most of these are chromosomal loci frequently altered in tumors, we have screened 42 human tumor cell lines and 48 human tumor samples by Southern hybridization and FISH. While no gross alterations of the genes encoding beta-Trcp/Fbw1a, Fbw2, Fbx4 and Fbx5 were found, heterozygous deletion of the FBXL3A gene was found in four of 13 small cell carcinoma cell lines. This is the first evaluation of genes encoding Fbps in human tumors.

Alternate JournalCytogenet Cell Genet
PubMed ID10828603
Grant ListCA66229 / CA / NCI NIH HHS / United States
CA76584 / CA / NCI NIH HHS / United States
GM57587 / GM / NIGMS NIH HHS / United States
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