HoxC5 and miR-615-3p target newly evolved genomic regions to repress hTERT and inhibit tumorigenesis.

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The repression of telomerase activity during cellular differentiation promotes replicative aging and functions as a physiological barrier for tumorigenesis in long-lived mammals, including humans. However, the underlying mechanisms remain largely unclear. Here we describe how miR-615-3p represses hTERT expression. mir-615-3p is located in an intron of the HOXC5 gene, a member of the highly conserved homeobox family of transcription factors controlling embryogenesis and development. Unexpectedly, we found that HoxC5 also represses hTERT expression by disrupting the long-range interaction between hTERT promoter and its distal enhancer. The 3'UTR of hTERT and its upstream enhancer region are well conserved in long-lived primates. Both mir-615-3p and HOXC5 are activated upon differentiation, which constitute a feed-forward loop that coordinates transcriptional and post-transcriptional repression of hTERT during cellular differentiation. Deregulation of HOXC5 and mir-615-3p expression may contribute to the activation of hTERT in human cancers.

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Cited Authors

  • Yan, T; Ooi, WF; Qamra, A; Cheung, A; Ma, D; Sundaram, GM; Xu, C; Xing, M; Poon, L; Wang, J; Loh, YP; Ho, JHJ; Ng, JJQ; Ramlee, MK; Aswad, L; Rozen, SG; Ghosh, S; Bard, FA; Sampath, P; Tergaonkar, V; Davies, JOJ; Hughes, JR; Goh, E; Bi, X; Fullwood, MJ; Tan, P; Li, S

Published Date

  • January 8, 2018

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 9 / 1

Start / End Page

  • 100 -

PubMed ID

  • 29311615

Pubmed Central ID

  • PMC5758779

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 2041-1723

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1038/s41467-017-02601-1


  • eng

Conference Location

  • England