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    Keywords: CANCER ; CELLS ; EXPRESSION ; GROWTH ; IN-VITRO ; INHIBITOR ; tumor ; carcinoma ; Germany ; IN-VIVO ; VITRO ; GENE ; PROTEIN ; TUMORS ; MICE ; PATIENT ; FAMILY ; AP-1 ; CARCINOGENESIS ; INDUCTION ; KERATINOCYTES ; SKIN ; BINDING ; fibroblasts ; MOUSE ; c-Fos ; PROMOTER ; MOUSE SKIN ; TRANSFORMATION ; BENIGN ; CARCINOMAS ; squamous cell carcinoma ; GLUCOCORTICOID-RECEPTOR ; SKIN-CANCER ; BINDING PROTEIN ; keratinocyte ; TRANSITION ; MALIGNANT PROGRESSION ; INTERSTITIAL COLLAGENASE ; CELL-CARCINOMA ; dexamethasone ; MOUSE KERATINOCYTES ; RECYCLING ENDOSOMES
    Abstract: Malignant transformation of mouse skin by tumor promoters and chemical carcinogens, such as the phorhol ester 12-O-tetradecanoylphorbol-13-acetate (TPA), is a multistage process leading to the formation of squamous cell carcinomas. it has been shown that mice lacking the AP-1 family member c-Fos exhibit an impaired transition from benign to malignant skin tumors. Here, we demonstrate enhanced expression of the small Ras-related GTPase Rab11a after short-term TPA treatment of mouse back skin. Expression of Rab11a in vivo and in vitro critically depended on c-Fos, because TPA application to the back skin of c-Fos-deficient mice and to mouse embryonic fibroblasts did not induce Rab11a mRNA or protein expression. Moreover, dexamethasone, which is a potent inhibitor of AP-1-mediated transactivation that exhibits anti-inflammatory and antitumor promoting activities, inhibited TPA-induced expression of Rab11a. Within the Rab11a gene promoter, we identified a functional AP-1 binding element that exhibited elevated c-Fos binding activity after TPA treatment of keratinocytes. Enhanced expression was not restricted to chemically induced mouse skin tumors but was also found in tumor specimens derived from patients with epithelial skin tumors. These data identify Rab11a as a novel, tumor-associated c-Fos/AP-1 target and may point to an as yet unrecognized function of Rab11a in the development of skin cancer
    Type of Publication: Journal article published
    PubMed ID: 15972968
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