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An emerging role of PARK2 in Cancer (J Mol Med, Jan 2014)

An emerging role of PARK2 in Cancer

Journal of Molecular Medicine. 2014 Jan.

PARK2 (PARKIN) is an E3 ubiquitin ligase involved in multiple signaling pathways and cellular processes. Activity of PARK2 is tightly regulated through inter- and intra-molecular interactions. Dysfunction of PARK2 is associated with the progression of parkinsonism. Notably, frequent PARK2 inactivation has been identified in various human cancers. Park2-deficient mice are more susceptible to tumorigenesis, indicating its crucial role as a tumor suppressor. However, biological studies also show that PARK2 possesses both pro-survival and growth suppressive functions. Here, we summarize the genetic lesions of PARK2 in human cancers and discuss the current knowledge of PARK2 in cancer progression. We further highlight future efforts for the study of PARK2 in cancer.

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Authors:

Liang Xu1, De-chen Lin1, 2, Dong Yin3, H. Phillip Koeffler1, 2, 4

1Cancer Science Institute of Singapore, National University of Singapore, Singapore, 117599, Singapore

2Division of Hematology and Oncology, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, UCLA School of Medicine, Los Angeles, CA, 90048, USA

3Guangdong Provincial Key Laboratory of Malignant Tumor Epigenetics and Gene Regulation, Medical Research Center, Sun Yat-Sen Memorial Hospital, Sun Yat-Sen University, Guangzhou, 510120, China

4National Cancer Institute of Singapore, National University of Singapore, Singapore, 119228, Singapore

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