PIM3 proto-oncogene kinase is a common transcriptional target of divergent EWS/ETS oncoproteins

Benjamin Deneen, Scott M. Welford, Thu Ho, Felicia Hernandez, Irwin Kurland, Christopher T. Denny

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Despite significant structural diversity, present evidence suggests that EWS/ETS fusion proteins promote oncogenesis by transcriptionally modulating a common set of target genes. In order to identify these genes, microarray expression analyses were performed on NIH 3T3 polyclonal populations expressing one of three EWS/ETS fusion genes. The majority of these genes can be grouped into seven functional categories, including cellular metabolism and signal transduction. The biologic significance of these target genes was pursued. The effects of modulating genes involved in metabolism were assessed by flux studies and demonstrated shifts in glucose utilization and lactate production as a result of EWS/FLI1 expression. The proto-oncogene coding for serine/threonine kinase PIM3 was found to one of several genes encoding signal transduction proteins that were up-regulated by EWS/ETS fusions. PIM3 was found to be expressed in a panel of human Ewing's family tumor cell lines. Forced expression of PIM3 promoted anchorage-independent growth. Coexpression of a kinase-deficient PIM3 mutant attenuated EWS/FLI1-mediated NIH 3T3 tumorigenesis in immunodeficent mice.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3897-3908
Number of pages12
JournalMolecular and cellular biology
Issue number11
StatePublished - Jun 2003
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Molecular Biology
  • Cell Biology


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