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Title: SIRT1 at the crossroads of AKT1 and ERβ in malignant pleural mesothelioma cells
Authors: Pinton, Giulia
Zonca, Sara
Manente, Arcangela G.
Cavaletto, Maria
Borroni, Ester
Daga, Antonio
Jithesh, Puthen V.
Fennell, Dean A.
Nilsson, Stefan
Moro, Laura
First Published: 11-Feb-2016
Publisher: Impact Journals
Citation: Oncotarget, 2016, 7 (12), pp. 14366-14379
Abstract: In this report, we show that malignant pleural mesothelioma (MPM) patients whose tumors express high levels of AKT1 exhibit a significantly worse prognosis, whereas no significant correlation with AKT3 expression is observed. We provide data that establish a phosphorylation independent role of AKT1 in affecting MPM cell shape and anchorage independent cell growth in vitro and highlight the AKT1 isoform-specific nature of these effects. We describe that AKT1 activity is inhibited by the loss of SIRT1-mediated deacetylation and identify, by mass spectrometry, 11 unique proteins that interact with acetylated AKT1. Our data demonstrate a role of the AKT1/SIRT1/FOXM1 axis in the expression of the tumor suppressor ERβ. We further demonstrate an inhibitory feedback loop by ERβ, activated by the selective agonist KB9520, on this axis both in vitro and in vivo. Our data broaden the current knowledge of ERβ and AKT isoform-specific functions that could be valuable in the design of novel and effective therapeutic strategies for MPM.
DOI Link: 10.18632/oncotarget.7321
ISSN: 1949-2553
Version: Publisher Version
Status: Peer-reviewed
Type: Journal Article
Rights: Copyright © the authors, 2016. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
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