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Carcinogenesis

Proteomic analysis of the OGT interactome: novel links to epithelial-mesenchymal transition and metastasis of cervical cancer.


PMID 30052810

Abstract

The role of O-GlcNAc transferase (OGT) in gene regulation and tumor invasion is poorly understood. Here, we have identified several previously undiscovered OGT-interacting proteins, including the PRMT5/WDR77 complex, the PRC2 complex, the ten-eleven translocation (TET) family, the CRL4B complex and the nucleosome remodeling and deacetylase (NuRD) complex. Genome-wide analysis of target genes responsive to OGT resulted in identification of a cohort of genes including SNAI1 and ING4 that are critically involved in cell epithelial-mesenchymal transition and invasion/metastasis. We have demonstrated that OGT promotes carcinogenesis and metastasis of cervical cancer cells. OGT's expression is significantly upregulated in cervical cancer, and low OGT level is correlated with improved prognosis. Our study has thus revealed a mechanistic link between OGT and tumor progression, providing potential prognostic indicators and targets for cancer therapy.