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J Biol Chem. 2009 May 15;284(20):13355-62. doi: 10.1074/jbc.M900843200. Epub 2009 Mar 26.

TEAD transcription factors mediate the function of TAZ in cell growth and epithelial-mesenchymal transition.

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  • 1Molecular and Cell Biology Laboratory, Institutes of Biomedical Sciences, School of Life Science, Fudan University, Shanghai, China 200032.


The TAZ transcription co-activator has been shown to promote cell proliferation and to induce epithelial-mesenchymal transition. Recently we have demonstrated that TAZ is phosphorylated and inhibited by the Hippo tumor suppressor pathway, which is altered in human cancer. The mechanism of TAZ-mediated transcription is unclear. We demonstrate here that TEAD is a key downstream transcription factor mediating the function of TAZ. Disruption of TEAD-TAZ binding or silencing of TEAD expression blocked the function of TAZ to promote cell proliferation and to induce epithelial-mesenchymal transition, demonstrating TEAD as a key downstream effector of TAZ. We also identified CTGF, a gene that regulates cell adhesion, proliferation, and migration, as a direct target of TAZ and TEAD. Our study establishes a functional partnership between TAZ and TEAD under negative regulation by the Hippo signaling pathway.

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