The ets protein PEA3 suppresses HER-2/neu overexpression and inhibits tumorigenesis

Xiangming Xing, Shao Chun Wang, Weiya Xia, Yiyu Zou, Ruping Shao, Ka Yin Kwong, Zhenming Yu, Su Zhang, Susan Miller, Leaf Huang, Mien Chie Hung

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Because HER-2/neu overexpression is important in cancer development, we looked for a method of suppressing the cell transformation mediated by HER- 2/neu overexpression. We have identified that the DNA-binding protein PEA3, which is encoded by a previously isolated gene of the ets family, specifically targeted a DNA sequence on the HER-2/neu promoter and downregulated the promoter activity. Expression of PEA3 resulted in preferential inhibition of cell growth and tumor development of HER-2/neu- overexpressing cancer cells. This is a new approach to targeting HER-2/neu overexpression and also provides a rationale to the design for repressors of diseases caused by overexpression of pathogenic genes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)189-195
Number of pages7
JournalNature Medicine
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Feb 1 2000
Externally publishedYes


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  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)

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Xing, X., Wang, S. C., Xia, W., Zou, Y., Shao, R., Kwong, K. Y., ... Hung, M. C. (2000). The ets protein PEA3 suppresses HER-2/neu overexpression and inhibits tumorigenesis. Nature Medicine, 6(2), 189-195.