Suppressor of Fused Negatively Regulates β-Catenin Signaling

Journal Article

Suppressor of fused (Su(fu)) is a negative regulator of the Hedgehog signaling pathway that controls the nuclear-cytoplasmic distribution of Gli/Ci transcription factors through direct protein-protein interactions. We show here that Su(fu) is present in a complex with the oncogenic transcriptional activator β-catenin and functions as a negative regulator of T-cell factor (Tcf)-dependent transcription. Overexpression of Su(fu) in SW480 (APC mut) colon cancer cells in which β-catenin protein is stabilized leads to a reduction in nuclear β-catenin levels and in Tcf-dependent transcription. This effect of Su(fu) overexpression can be blocked by treatment of these cells with leptomycin B, a specific inhibitor of CRM1-mediated nuclear export. Overexpression of Su(fu) suppresses growth of SW480 (APCmut) tumor cells in nude mice. These observations indicate that Su(fu) negatively regulates β-catenin signaling and that CRM-1-mediated nuclear export plays a role in this regulation. Our results also suggest that Su(fu) acts as a tumor suppressor.

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Cited Authors

  • Meng, X; Poon, R; Zhang, X; Cheah, A; Ding, Q; Hui, C-C; Alman, B

Published Date

  • 2001

Published In

  • Journal of Biological Chemistry

Volume / Issue

  • 276 / 43

Start / End Page

  • 40113 - 40119

PubMed ID

  • 11477086

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1074/jbc.M105317200