NCI Outstanding Investigator
Moffitt Distinguished Scholar
Scholar of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society
Rita Allen Foundation
the V Foundation for Cancer Research
Flow Cytometry Core
National Institute of Allergy and Infectious DiseasesFind out more...
Biostatistics and Bioinformatics Core
Moffitt Cancer Center
NCI-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center
ARTICLE ABSTRACTΔNp63 is a transcription factor of the p53 family and has crucial functions in normal development and disease. The expression pattern of ΔNp63 in human cancer suggests dynamic regulation of this isoform during cancer progression and metastasis. Many primary and metastatic tumors express high levels of ΔNp63, while ΔNp63 loss is crucial for tumor dissemination, indicating an oscillatory expression of ΔNp63 during cancer progression. Here, we use genetically engineered orthotopic mouse models of breast cancer to show that while depletion of ΔNp63 inhibits primary mammary adenocarcinoma development, oscillatory expression of ΔNp63 in established tumors is crucial for metastatic dissemination in breast cancer. A TGFβ-regulated miRNA network acted as upstream regulators of this oscillatory expression of ΔNp63 during cancer progression. This work sheds light on the pleiotropic roles of ΔNp63 in cancer and unveils critical functions of TGFβ in the metastatic process.
This study unveils TGFβ signaling and a network of four miRNAs as upstream regulators of ΔNp63, providing key information for the development of therapeutic strategies to treat cancers that commonly overexpress ΔNp63.