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Nagarkar, S., Wasnik, R., Govada, P., Cohen, S., Shashidhara, L.S. (2020). Promoter Proximal Pausing Limits Tumorous Growth Induced by the Yki Transcription Factor in Drosophila.  Genetics 216(1): 67--77.
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FBrf0246632
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Research paper
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Promoter proximal pausing (PPP) of RNA polymerase II has emerged as a crucial rate-limiting step in the regulation of gene expression. Regulation of PPP is brought about by complexes 7SK snRNP, P-TEFb (Cdk9/cycT), and the negative elongation factor (NELF), which are highly conserved from Drosophila to humans. Here, we show that RNAi-mediated depletion of bin3 or Hexim of the 7SK snRNP complex or depletion of individual components of the NELF complex enhances Yki-driven growth, leading to neoplastic transformation of Drosophila wing imaginal discs. We also show that increased CDK9 expression cooperates with Yki in driving neoplastic growth. Interestingly, overexpression of CDK9 on its own or in the background of depletion of one of the components of 7SK snRNP or the NELF complex necessarily, and specifically, needed Yki overexpression to cause tumorous growth. Genome-wide gene expression analyses suggested that deregulation of protein homeostasis is associated with tumorous growth of wing imaginal discs. As both Fat/Hippo/Yki pathway and PPP are highly conserved, our observations may provide insights into mechanisms of oncogenic function of YAP-the ortholog of Yki in humans.

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PMC7463282 (PMC) (EuropePMC)
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    Language of Publication
    English
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    Journal
    Abbreviation
    Genetics
    Title
    Genetics
    Publication Year
    1916-
    ISBN/ISSN
    0016-6731
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