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Mod Pathol. 2008 May;21(5):609-16. doi: 10.1038/mpath.2008.23. Epub 2008 Feb 8.

Jab1 is overexpressed in human breast cancer and is a downstream target for HER-2/neu.

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  • 1Graduate Institute of Medicine, College of Medicine, Kaohsiung Medical University, Kaohsiung, Taiwan.


Jab1 is a coactivator of AP-1 transcription factor and the fifth subunit of the COP9 signalosome. This protein is a potential oncogene and is involved in the mediation of nuclear exportation and degradation of the tumor suppressor p27(Kip1). However, control of Jab1 gene expression and its de-regulation in cancer cells are largely unknown. In this study, we demonstrated that Jab1 is overexpressed in 53 (80.3%) of a series of 66 human breast tumor tissues. In addition, its expression is significantly correlated with HER-2/neu overexpression (P=0.0318). HER-2/neu-overexpressing MDA-MB-453 human breast cancer cells exhibited higher expression of Jab1 than that of MCF-7 breast cancer cells. Promoter activity assay suggested that HER-2/neu oncogene upregulated Jab1 via transcriptional activation. Inhibition of HER-2/neu activity by Herceptin or AG825 significantly attenuated Jab1 expression in HER-2/neu-overexpressing MDA-MB-453 cells. On the contrary, ectopic expression of HER-2/neu stimulated Jab1 expression in MCF-7 cells. Knockdown of Jab1 expression by siRNA resulted in p27(Kip1) upregulation and G1 growth arrest in Jab1-overexpressing MDA-MB-453 cells. Taken together, our results suggest that Jab1 is a downstream target for HER-2/neu and its overexpression is linked with HER-2/neu expression in breast cancer.

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