Nuclear pore component Nup98 is a potential tumor suppressor and regulates posttranscriptional expression of select p53 target genes.

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The p53 tumor suppressor utilizes multiple mechanisms to selectively regulate its myriad target genes, which in turn mediate diverse cellular processes. Here, using conventional and single-molecule mRNA analyses, we demonstrate that the nucleoporin Nup98 is required for full expression of p21, a key effector of the p53 pathway, but not several other p53 target genes. Nup98 regulates p21 mRNA levels by a posttranscriptional mechanism in which a complex containing Nup98 and the p21 mRNA 3'UTR protects p21 mRNA from degradation by the exosome. An in silico approach revealed another p53 target (14-3-3σ) to be similarly regulated by Nup98. The expression of Nup98 is reduced in murine and human hepatocellular carcinomas (HCCs) and correlates with p21 expression in HCC patients. Our study elucidates a previously unrecognized function of wild-type Nup98 in regulating select p53 target genes that is distinct from the well-characterized oncogenic properties of Nup98 fusion proteins.

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Cited Authors

  • Singer, S; Zhao, R; Barsotti, AM; Ouwehand, A; Fazollahi, M; Coutavas, E; Breuhahn, K; Neumann, O; Longerich, T; Pusterla, T; Powers, MA; Giles, KM; Leedman, PJ; Hess, J; Grunwald, D; Bussemaker, HJ; Singer, RH; Schirmacher, P; Prives, C

Published Date

  • December 14, 2012

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 48 / 5

Start / End Page

  • 799 - 810

PubMed ID

  • 23102701

Pubmed Central ID

  • PMC3525737

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1097-4164

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/j.molcel.2012.09.020


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States