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    Keywords: CANCER ; CANCER CELLS ; CELLS ; EXPRESSION ; proliferation ; tumor ; TUMOR-CELLS ; CELL ; CELL-PROLIFERATION ; Germany ; human ; IN-VIVO ; VIVO ; GENE ; GENES ; PROTEIN ; PROTEINS ; RNA ; RELEASE ; ACTIVATION ; cell cycle ; CELL-CYCLE ; E7 ; papillomavirus ; BREAST-CANCER ; TARGET ; virus ; LESIONS ; PROGRESSION ; resistance ; cervical cancer ; CERVICAL-CANCER ; PROSTATE-CANCER ; human papillomavirus ; TYPE-16 ; CANCER-CELLS ; HPV ; E6 ; ONCOGENE ; HPV16 ; HUMAN-PAPILLOMAVIRUS ; PHENOTYPE ; ONCOPROTEIN ; METHYLTRANSFERASE ACTIVITY ; E6 ONCOPROTEIN ; ONCOLOGY ; ENHANCER ; RE ; INTERFERENCE ; RNA INTERFERENCE ; LEVEL ; USA ; oncogenes ; cancer research ; viral ; transformed cell ; GROUP PROTEIN EZH2 ; POLYCOMB REPRESSION
    Abstract: The malignant phenotype of human papillomavirus (HPV)-positive cancer cells is maintained by the activity of the viral E6 and E7 genes. Here, we identified the polycomb group gene enhancer of zeste homologue 2 (EZH2) as a novel downstream target for the viral oncogenes in HPV transformed cells. EZH2 expression was activated by HPV16 E7 at the transcriptional level via E7-mediated release of E2F from pocket proteins. RNA interference analyses showed that continuous EZH2 expression is required for the proliferation of HPV-positive tumor cells by stimulating cell cycle progression at the G(1)-S boundary. In addition to its growth-promoting activity, EZH2 also contributed to the apoptotic resistance of cervical cancer cells. Furthermore, we found that HPV-positive dysplastic and tumorigenic cervical lesions were characterized by high levels of EZH2 protein in vivo. We conclude that the E7 target gene EZH2 is a major determinant for the proliferation of HPV-positive cancer cells and contributes to their apoptotic resistance. Moreover, EZH2 may serve as a novel therapeutic target for the treatment of cervical cancer. [Cancer Res 2008;68(23):9964-72]
    Type of Publication: Journal article published
    PubMed ID: 19047178
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