Tumor suppressor genes

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Tumor suppressor genes (also called antioncogenes or recessive oncogenes) play a crucial role in the malignant process. Their products regulate cell division. Disruption of cell cycle control results in the absence of both alleles of a particular suppressor gene (e.g., deletions), alterations in their structure (e.g., point mutations), or inactivation of the protein encoded by them. All of this can result in a malignant cell reversal.

General[edit | edit source]

Mutations in tumor suppressor genes are recessive. Unlike oncogenes, the proteins encoded by antioncogenes have an antiproliferative effect, promoting differentiation and apoptosis.

There are about 40 tumor suppressor genes in each somatic cell. To become tumorigenic, both of their alleles must be mutated - hence the name recessive oncogenes. Related to this is the so-called two-hit theory (first formulated by Knudson, when he explained the origin of a rare hereditary retinoblastoma). Unlike the much more common sporadic retinoblastoma, where there are random mutations of one and then the other allele in a retinal cell, one mutated allele is inherited in the hereditary form. The individual is a heterozygous who does not yet have an inherited tumor predisposition. However, when the second allele is mutated / eliminated, the development of a retinal cell tumor clone is initiated.

This process is called loss of heterozygosity (LOH).

pRB[edit | edit source]

CDK4/Cyklin D complex phosphorylates the pRB/E2F complex and thereby releases the transcription factor E2F, which further enables the cell to switch from G1 to S phase

The first discovered tumor suppressor gene was called the retinoblastoma gene (RB1 gene) and its product RB-protein (pRB). It occurs in every cell where it regulates the cell cycle of divisionThe retinoblastoma gene (RB1) and another tumor suppressor gene TP53, resp. their products act as a kind of brake on cell proliferation. RB1 negatively regulates the important transcription factor E2F. Deletion of the RB1 gene, which occurs during the development of hereditary retinoblastoma, or sequestration of its protein product in the presence of adenoviral E1A protein or E7 protein (in human papilloma virus infection) induces unblocking of E2F suppression. In contrast, p53 acts by promoting the expression of p21 / CIP, which is a potent inhibitor of cell cycle regulating kinases (cyclin dependent kinases).

two hit theory in RB1 mutation

Loss of regulatory function of the Rb gene in the cell cycle or overexpression of c-myc leads to increased proliferation, but also to increased apoptosis of affected cells. Virogenic products such as E1A (adenovirus infection), T121 antigen (from SV virus) or E7 (from human papillomavirus) bind to Rb and then have a similar effect. At this stage, the number of transformed cells is not increasing yet. However, another genetic change causing p19ARF loss, p53 mutation, or bcl-2 overexpression leads to increased proliferation and decreased apoptosis. Gene products such as E1b (from adenovirus), large antigen from SV-virus and E-6 antigen from papillomavirus, which bind to the p53 protein, contribute to this. Apoptosis, or the tendency to reduce it, is of key importance for the development of tumorigenesis.

p53[edit | edit source]

The tumor suppressor gene TP53, which encodes the p53 protein, is a key regulatory factor that monitors DNA damage. Inactivation of p53 is one of the first steps leading to malignant transformation in the development of many cancers. Patients with Li-Fraumeni syndrome usually have one mutant allele in the germ cells and thus an increased risk of developing sarcomas, leukemia and breast cancer.

P53 pathways

Located on the short arm of chromosome 17 (17p13.1, OMIM: 191170), it contains 393 codons and regulates the course of interphase, also called the "guardian of the genome". It responds to DNA damage by temporarily suspending the cycle and thus enabling the repair of errors (so-called major repair). Controls the onset and duration of the resting stage through genes whose transcriptional activity is controlled by its p53 protein.

The p53 gene is also used in the 2nd checkpoint of interphase - by suspending the cell cycle in this period, it allows the so-called post-replication repair. It further induces and coordinates apoptosis when DNA repair is not successful.

Overview of some tumor suppressor genes
Sign Name Tumor
APC Gene Adenomatose Polyposes of the Colon Colorectal carcinoma
BRCA1 Breast cancer type 1 susceptibility protein Hereditary carcinoma of the breast/ ovary
BRCA2 Breast cancer type 2 susceptibility protein Hereditary carcinoma of the breast/ ovary
CDH1 Gene for cadherin-1 Familial gastric cancer, lobular breast cancer
CDNK2A Gene inhibitor of cyklin-dependent kinase 2A (p16) Malignant skin melanoma
EP300 Gene of binding protein 300 kD-E1A colorectal, pancreatic and breast carcinoma.

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