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See detailCloning and embryonic expression of zebrafish PLAG genes.
Pendeville, Helene; Peers, Bernard ULg; Kas, Koen et al

in Gene Expression Patterns (2006), 6(3), 267-76

PLAG transcription factors play important roles in oncogenesis. To date three members of this subfamily of zinc finger proteins have been identified in humans and mice: PLAG1, PLAGL1 and PLAGL2. In this ... [more ▼]

PLAG transcription factors play important roles in oncogenesis. To date three members of this subfamily of zinc finger proteins have been identified in humans and mice: PLAG1, PLAGL1 and PLAGL2. In this study, we identified zebrafish orthologs of PLAG1 and PLAGL2 and a novel member of this family, PLAGX. We examined the temporal expression of these three genes by quantitative real time RT-PCR and found that all three genes are maternally provided, expressed at low level during early somitogenesis and, during late somitogenesis and beyond, PLAG expression increases to reach a plateau level around 5 dpf. Whole mount in situ experiments revealed that PLAG1, PLAGL2 and PLAGX display a similar pattern of expression characterized by a low ubiquitous expression overcame by high expression in some restricted compartments such as the ventricular zone of the brain, the pectoral fin buds, the developing pharyngeal arches and the axial vasculature. We show that this pattern resembles the one observed for the proliferative marker PCNA, suggesting that the PLAG genes are expressed more strongly in zones of active proliferation. This hypothesis was proven for the ventricular zone shown to be a highly proliferative zone using the anti-phosphohistone H3 antibody that detects cells in mitosis. [less ▲]

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See detailThe tumorigenic diversity of the three PLAG family members is associated with different DNA binding capacities.
Hensen, Karen; Van Valckenborgh, Isabelle C C; Kas, Koen et al

in Cancer Research (2002), 62(5), 1510-7

Pleomorphic adenoma gene (PLAG) 1, the main translocation target in pleomorphic adenomas of the salivary glands, is a member of a new subfamily of zinc finger proteins comprising the tumor suppressor ... [more ▼]

Pleomorphic adenoma gene (PLAG) 1, the main translocation target in pleomorphic adenomas of the salivary glands, is a member of a new subfamily of zinc finger proteins comprising the tumor suppressor candidate PLAG-like1 (also called ZAC1 or lost on transformation 1) and PLAGL2. In this report, we show that NIH3T3 cells overexpressing PLAG1 or PLAGL2 display the typical markers of neoplastic transformation: (a) the cells lose cell-cell contact inhibition; (b) show anchorage-independent growth; and (c) are able to induce tumors in nude mice. In contrast, PLAGL1 has been shown to prevent the proliferation of tumor cells by inducing cell cycle arrest and apoptosis. This difference in function is also reflected in their DNA binding, as we show here that the three PLAG proteins, although highly homologous in their DNA-binding domain, bind different DNA sequences in a distinct fashion. Interestingly, the PLAG1- and PLAGL2-induced transformation is accompanied by a drastic up-regulation of insulin-like growth factor-II, which we prove is a target of PLAG1 and PLAGL2. This strongly suggests that the oncogenic capacity of PLAG1 and PLAGL2 is mediated at least partly by activating the insulin-like growth factor-II mitogenic pathway. [less ▲]

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See detailIdentification of a karyopherin alpha 2 recognition site in PLAG1, which functions as a nuclear localization signal.
Braem, Caroline V; Kas, Koen; Meyen, Eva et al

in Journal of Biological Chemistry (2002), 277(22), 19673-8

The activation of the pleomorphic adenoma gene 1 (PLAG1) is the most frequent gain-of-function mutation found in pleomorphic adenomas of the salivary glands. To gain more insight into the regulation of ... [more ▼]

The activation of the pleomorphic adenoma gene 1 (PLAG1) is the most frequent gain-of-function mutation found in pleomorphic adenomas of the salivary glands. To gain more insight into the regulation of PLAG1 function, we searched for PLAG1-interacting proteins. Using the yeast two-hybrid system, we identified karyopherin alpha2 as a PLAG1-interacting protein. Physical interaction between PLAG1 and karyopherin alpha2 was confirmed by an in vitro glutathione S-transferase pull-down assay. Karyopherin alpha2 escorts proteins into the nucleus via interaction with a nuclear localization sequence (NLS) composed of short stretches of basic amino acids. Two putative NLSs were identified in PLAG1. The predicted NLS1 (KRKR) was essential for physical interaction with karyopherin alpha2 in glutathione S-transferase pull-down assay, and its mutation resulted in decreased nuclear import of PLAG1. Moreover, NLS1 was able to drive the nuclear import of the cytoplasmic protein beta-galactosidase. In contrast, predicted NLS2 of PLAG1 (KPRK) was not involved in karyopherin alpha2 binding nor in its nuclear import. The residual nuclear import of PLAG1 after mutation of the NLS1 was assigned to the zinc finger domain of PLAG1. These observations indicate that the nuclear import of PLAG1 is governed by its zinc finger domain and by NLS1, a karyopherin alpha2 recognition site. [less ▲]

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