Contrast functions of αA- and αB-crystallins in cancer development

Z. Wang, L. Wang, Z. X. Huang, X. Hu, J. Liu, W. Hu, W. Ji, Q. Nie, J. W. Xiang, Z. G. Chen, Y. Xiao, W. J. Qiang, J. Zhu, James W Gigantelli, Q. D. Nguyen, D. W C Li

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α-Crystallins, initially identified as the structural proteins of the ocular lens, belong to the small heat shock protein family. They play significant roles in maintaining the lens transparency and preventing protein aggregation. α-Crystallins exist in two isoforms: αA and αB, and they display differential tissue distribution. Their mutations are implicated in several human diseases including cardiac myopathies, neurodegenerative diseases, cataracts and various types of cancers. Increased αB expression was detected in retinoblastoma, breast cancer, glioblastoma, prostate and renal cell carcinomas, indicating its role in promoting tumor growth. A complex picture emerges for αA. Although earlier studies suggest that αA may promote cancer development, recent studies from our laboratory demonstrate that αA can act as a tumor suppressor inhibiting cell transformation and retarding cell migration through modulating MAP kinase activity. In this review, we summarize the recent progress about the functions of αA and αB in cancer development.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)914-922
Number of pages9
JournalCurrent Molecular Medicine
Volume16
Issue number10
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2016

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Crystallins
Tumors
Lenses
Neurodegenerative diseases
Small Heat-Shock Proteins
Transparency
Neoplasms
Protein Isoforms
Proteins
Phosphotransferases
Agglomeration
Cells
Tissue
Crystalline Lens
Retinoblastoma
Muscular Diseases
Tissue Distribution
Glioblastoma
Renal Cell Carcinoma
Neurodegenerative Diseases

Keywords

  • Cancer
  • Crystallin
  • Therapy
  • αA
  • αB

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Medicine
  • Molecular Biology

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Wang, Z., Wang, L., Huang, Z. X., Hu, X., Liu, J., Hu, W., ... Li, D. W. C. (2016). Contrast functions of αA- and αB-crystallins in cancer development. Current Molecular Medicine, 16(10), 914-922. https://doi.org/10.2174/1566524016666161223110508

Contrast functions of αA- and αB-crystallins in cancer development. / Wang, Z.; Wang, L.; Huang, Z. X.; Hu, X.; Liu, J.; Hu, W.; Ji, W.; Nie, Q.; Xiang, J. W.; Chen, Z. G.; Xiao, Y.; Qiang, W. J.; Zhu, J.; Gigantelli, James W; Nguyen, Q. D.; Li, D. W C.

In: Current Molecular Medicine, Vol. 16, No. 10, 01.12.2016, p. 914-922.

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Wang, Z, Wang, L, Huang, ZX, Hu, X, Liu, J, Hu, W, Ji, W, Nie, Q, Xiang, JW, Chen, ZG, Xiao, Y, Qiang, WJ, Zhu, J, Gigantelli, JW, Nguyen, QD & Li, DWC 2016, 'Contrast functions of αA- and αB-crystallins in cancer development', Current Molecular Medicine, vol. 16, no. 10, pp. 914-922. https://doi.org/10.2174/1566524016666161223110508
Wang, Z. ; Wang, L. ; Huang, Z. X. ; Hu, X. ; Liu, J. ; Hu, W. ; Ji, W. ; Nie, Q. ; Xiang, J. W. ; Chen, Z. G. ; Xiao, Y. ; Qiang, W. J. ; Zhu, J. ; Gigantelli, James W ; Nguyen, Q. D. ; Li, D. W C. / Contrast functions of αA- and αB-crystallins in cancer development. In: Current Molecular Medicine. 2016 ; Vol. 16, No. 10. pp. 914-922.
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