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Title: LARP1 post-transcriptionally regulates mTOR and contributes to cancer progression
Authors: Mura, M.
Hopkins, T. G.
Michael, T.
Abd-Latip, N.
Weir, J.
Aboagye, E.
Mauri, F.
Jameson, C.
Sturge, J.
Gabra, H.
Bushell, Martin David
Willis, A. E.
Curry, E.
Blagden, S. P.
First Published: 22-Dec-2014
Publisher: Nature Publishing Group
Citation: Oncogene, 2015, 34 (39), pp. 5025-5036
Abstract: RNA-binding proteins (RBPs) bind to and post-transcriptionally regulate the stability of mRNAs. La-related protein 1 (LARP1) is a conserved RBP that interacts with poly-A-binding protein and is known to regulate 5'-terminal oligopyrimidine tract (TOP) mRNA translation. Here, we show that LARP1 is complexed to 3000 mRNAs enriched for cancer pathways. A prominent member of the LARP1 interactome is mTOR whose mRNA transcript is stabilized by LARP1. At a functional level, we show that LARP1 promotes cell migration, invasion, anchorage-independent growth and in vivo tumorigenesis. Furthermore, we show that LARP1 expression is elevated in epithelial cancers such as cervical and non-small cell lung cancers, where its expression correlates with disease progression and adverse prognosis, respectively. We therefore conclude that, through the post-transcriptional regulation of genes such as mTOR within cancer pathways, LARP1 contributes to cancer progression.
DOI Link: 10.1038/onc.2014.428
ISSN: 0950-9232
eISSN: 1476-5594
Version: Publisher Version
Status: Peer-reviewed
Type: Journal Article
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