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Pigment Cell Melanoma Res. 2012 Jul;25(4):482-7. doi: 10.1111/j.1755-148X.2012.01018.x.

Breast cancer suppressor candidate-1 (BCSC-1) is a melanoma tumor suppressor that down regulates MITF.

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Department of Dermatology and Venereology, University Hospitals and Medical School of Geneva, Geneva, Switzerland.

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  • Pigment Cell Melanoma Res. 2012 Nov;25(6):834. Correa-Rochal, Rafael [corrected to Correa-Rocha, Rafael]; Boliganl, Kayluz F [corrected to Boligan, Kayluz F].


Understanding the molecular aberrations involved in the development and progression of metastatic melanoma (MM) is essential for a better diagnosis and targeted therapy. We identified breast cancer suppressor candidate-1 (BCSC-1) as a novel tumor suppressor in melanoma. BCSC-1 expression is decreased in human MM, and its ectopic expression in MM-derived cell lines blocks tumor formation in vivo and melanoma cell proliferation in vitro while increasing cell migration. We demonstrate that BCSC-1 binds to Sox10, which down regulates MITF, and results in a switch of melanoma cells from a proliferative to a migratory phenotype. In conclusion, we have identified BCSC-1 as a tumor suppressor in melanoma and as a novel regulator of the MITF pathway.

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