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A novel tumor suppressor network in squamous malignancies

Autores: Costa, C.; Santos, M.; Segrelles, C; Duenas, M.; Lara, M. F.; Aguirre Ena, Xabier; Prosper Cardoso, Felipe; Garcia-Escudero, R.; Paramio, J. M.
Título de la revista: SCIENTIFIC REPORTS
ISSN: 2045-2322
Volumen: 2
Número: 828
Fecha de publicación: 2012
The specific ablation of Rb1 gene in stratified epithelia (Rb-F/F; K14cre) promotes proliferation and altered differentiation but is insufficient to produce spontaneous tumors. The pRb relative, p107, compensates some of the functions of pRb in these tissues; however, Rb-F/F; K14cre; p107(-/-) mice die postnatally. Here we show, using an inducible mouse model (Rb-F/F; K14creER (TM)), that p107 exerts specific tumor suppressor functions in the absence of pRb in stratified epithelia. The simultaneous absence of pRb and p107 produces impaired p53 transcriptional functions and reduction of Pten expression, allowing spontaneous squamous carcinoma development. These tumors display significant overlap with human squamous carcinomas, supporting that Rb-F/F; K14creER (TM); p107(-/-) mice might constitute a new model for these malignancies. Remarkably tumor development in vivo is partially alleviated by mTOR inhibition. These data demonstrate the existence of a previously unreported functional connection between pRb, Pten and p53 tumor suppressors, through p107, of a particular relevance in squamous tumor development.