Loss of Concurrent Regulation of the Expression of BIF-1, BAX, and Beclin-1 in Primary and Metastatic Melanoma.

Frangez, Z; Jafari, S M Seyed; Hunger, R E; Simon, H-U (2020). Loss of Concurrent Regulation of the Expression of BIF-1, BAX, and Beclin-1 in Primary and Metastatic Melanoma. Biochemistry (Moscow), 85(10), pp. 1227-1234. Pleiades 10.1134/S0006297920100107

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Melanoma is one of the most aggressive and drug-resistant cancers. Despite novel promising therapeutic strategies, the prognosis of metastatic melanoma patients remains poor and it is often associated with high relapse rates. Endophilin B1, also known as BIF-1, is a multifunctional protein involved in several biological processes such as autophagy and apoptosis. BIF-1 promotes apoptosis through binding to BAX and its translocation to the mitochondrial outer membrane. On the other hand, BIF-1 can interact with Beclin-1 through UVRAG to promote autophagy. Several reports suggest an ambiguous role of BIF-1 in cancer development and progression. For example, it has been demonstrated that the expression of BIF-1 is reduced in both primary and metastatic melanoma and that the reduction of BIF-1 expression is associated with reduced overall survival of melanoma patients. Here we show that the expression of Beclin-1 and active form of BAX are also reduced in the melanoma patients. However, while we observed strong positive correlations between the expression of BIF-1 and Beclin-1 as well as between BIF-1 and BAX in benign nevi, these correlations were lost in the primary and metastatic melanoma cells. These data indicate disruption in the proximal molecular mechanisms which regulate expression of BIF-1, Beclin-1, and BAX in the primary and metastatic melanoma.

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04 Faculty of Medicine > Pre-clinic Human Medicine > Institute of Pharmacology
04 Faculty of Medicine > Department of Dermatology, Urology, Rheumatology, Nephrology, Osteoporosis (DURN) > Clinic of Dermatology

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Frangez, Ziva, Jafari, Morteza, Hunger, Robert, Simon, Hans-Uwe


600 Technology > 610 Medicine & health








Andrea Studer-Gauch

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04 Jan 2021 15:25

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02 Mar 2023 23:34

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