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Id2 Complexes With The Snag Domain Of Snai1 Inhibiting Snai1-Mediated Repression Of Integrin Beta4, Cheng Chang, Xiaofang Yang, Bryan Pursell, Arthur M. Mercurio Nov 2014

Id2 Complexes With The Snag Domain Of Snai1 Inhibiting Snai1-Mediated Repression Of Integrin Beta4, Cheng Chang, Xiaofang Yang, Bryan Pursell, Arthur M. Mercurio

Arthur M. Mercurio

The epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT) is a fundamental process that underlies development and cancer. Although the EMT involves alterations in the expression of specific integrins that mediate stable adhesion to the basement membrane, such as alpha6beta4, the mechanisms involved are poorly understood. Here, we report that Snai1 inhibits beta4 transcription by increasing repressive histone modification (trimethylation of histone H3 at K27 [H3K27Me3]). Surprisingly, Snai1 is expressed and localized in the nucleus in epithelial cells, but it does not repress beta4. We resolved this paradox by discovering that Id2 complexes with the SNAG domain of Snai1 on the beta4 promoter and constrains ...


Regulated Splicing Of The Alpha6 Integrin Cytoplasmic Domain Determines The Fate Of Breast Cancer Stem Cells, Hira Lal Goel, Tatiana Gritsko, Bryan Pursell, Cheng Chang, Leonard D. Shultz, Dale L. Greiner, Jens Henrik Norum, Rune Toftgard, Leslie M. Shaw, Arthur M. Mercurio Nov 2014

Regulated Splicing Of The Alpha6 Integrin Cytoplasmic Domain Determines The Fate Of Breast Cancer Stem Cells, Hira Lal Goel, Tatiana Gritsko, Bryan Pursell, Cheng Chang, Leonard D. Shultz, Dale L. Greiner, Jens Henrik Norum, Rune Toftgard, Leslie M. Shaw, Arthur M. Mercurio

Arthur M. Mercurio

Although the alpha6beta1 integrin has been implicated in the function of breast and other cancer stem cells (CSCs), little is known about its regulation and relationship to mechanisms involved in the genesis of CSCs. We report that a CD44(high)/CD24(low) population, enriched for CSCs, is comprised of distinct epithelial and mesenchymal populations that differ in expression of the two alpha6 cytoplasmic domain splice variants: alpha6A and alpha6B. alpha6Bbeta1 expression defines the mesenchymal population and is necessary for CSC function, a function that cannot be executed by alpha6A integrins. The generation of alpha6Bbeta1 is tightly controlled and occurs as ...