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Dev Cell. 2005 Jun;8(6):843-54.

Kaiso/p120-catenin and TCF/beta-catenin complexes coordinately regulate canonical Wnt gene targets.

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Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, Texas 77030, USA.

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  • Dev Cell. 2005 Aug;9(2):305. Moon, Randall T [added].


Beta-catenin-dependent or canonical Wnt signals are fundamental in animal development and tumor progression. Using Xenopus laevis, we report that the BTB/POZ zinc finger family member Kaiso directly represses canonical Wnt gene targets (Siamois, c-Fos, Cyclin-D1, and c-Myc) in conjunction with TCF/LEF (TCF). Analogous to beta-catenin relief of TCF repressive activity, we show that p120-catenin relieves Kaiso-mediated repression of Siamois. Furthermore, Kaiso and TCF coassociate, and combined Kaiso and TCF derepression results in pronounced Siamois expression and increased beta-catenin coprecipitation with the Siamois promoter. The functional interdependency is underlined by Kaiso suppression of beta-catenin-induced axis duplication and by TCF-3 rescue of Kaiso depletion phenotypes. These studies point to convergence of parallel p120-catenin/Kaiso and beta-catenin/TCF signaling pathways to regulate gene expression in vertebrate development and possibly carcinogenesis.

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