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Biochem Biophys Res Commun. 2000 Sep 16;276(1):264-70.

Amplification and overexpression of TGIF2, a novel homeobox gene of the TALE superclass, in ovarian cancer cell lines.

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Department of Molecular Cytogenetics, Medical Research Institute, Tokyo, 113-8510, Japan.


Homeodomain transcription factors play important roles in directing cellular proliferation and differentiation. A TALE-superclass homeodomain protein, multifunctional repressor of TGFbeta-induced transcription. Here we report identification of TGIF2, a novel TALE-superclass homeodomain protein that shows distinct homology with TGIF, especially in its DNA-binding domain. TGIF2 is expressed ubiquitously in human tissues, with the highest levels being found in heart, kidney, and testis. The TGIF2 product contains a putative nuclear localization signal; translocation of the protein to the nucleus was confirmed by transfection of epitope-tagged cDNA. TGIF2 lies on chromosome 20q11.2-12. Since amplification of 20q is often observed among ovarian cancers, we determined the status of DNA copy-number and expression of TGIF2 in 14 ovarian-cancer cell lines. This gene was over-expressed in all lines that showed amplification by FISH analysis. The results suggested that TGIF2 may play an important role in the development and/or progression of some ovarian tumors through a mechanism of gene amplification.

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