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J Pathol. 2014 Nov;234(3):289-91. doi: 10.1002/path.4426.

PML nuclear bodies: regulation, function and therapeutic perspectives.

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Université Paris Diderot, Sorbonne Paris Cité, Hôpital St. Louis, Paris, France; INSERM UMR 944, Equipe Labellisée par la Ligue Nationale Contre le Cancer, Institut Universitaire d'Hématologie, Hôpital St. Louis, Paris, France; CNRS UMR 7212, Hôpital St. Louis, Paris, France.


PML nuclear bodies (NBs) were first described by electron microscopy and rediscovered through their treatment-reversible disruption in a rare leukaemia. They recruit multiple partner proteins and now emerge as interferon- and oxidative stress-responsive sumoylation factories. NBs mediate interferon-induced viral restriction, enhance proteolysis, finely tune metabolism and enforce stress-induced senescence. Apart from being markers of cellular stress, PML NBs could be harnessed pharmacologically in a number of conditions, including cancer, viral infection or neurodegenerative diseases.


PML; RNF4; arsenic; interferon; oxidative stress; p53; senescence

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