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Jiang, Y., Seimiya, M., Schlumpf, T.B., Paro, R. (2018). An intrinsic tumour eviction mechanism in Drosophila mediated by steroid hormone signalling.  Nat. Commun. 9(1): 3293.
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FBrf0239808
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Polycomb group proteins are epigenetic regulators maintaining transcriptional memory during cellular proliferation. In Drosophila larvae, malfunction of Polyhomeotic (Ph), a member of the PRC1 silencing complex, results in neoplastic growth. Here, we report an intrinsic tumour suppression mechanism mediated by the steroid hormone ecdysone during metamorphosis. Ecdysone alters neoplastic growth into a nontumorigenic state of the mutant ph cells which then become eliminated during adult stage. We demonstrate that ecdysone exerts this function by inducing a heterochronic network encompassing the activation of the microRNA lethal-7, which suppresses its target gene chronologically inappropriate morphogenesis. This pathway can also promote remission of brain tumours formed in brain tumour mutants, revealing a restraining of neoplastic growth in different tumour types. Given the conserved role of let-7, the identification and molecular characterization of this innate tumour eviction mechanism in flies might provide important clues towards the exploitation of related pathways for human tumour therapy.

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PMC6098038 (PMC) (EuropePMC)
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    English
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    Nat. Commun.
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    Nature communications
    ISBN/ISSN
    2041-1723
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