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Degradation of AMPK by a Cancer-Specific Ubiquitin Ligase

Overview of attention for article published in Cell, February 2015
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Degradation of AMPK by a Cancer-Specific Ubiquitin Ligase
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Cell, February 2015
DOI 10.1016/j.cell.2015.01.034
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Carlos T. Pineda, Saumya Ramanathan, Klementina Fon Tacer, Jenny L. Weon, Malia B. Potts, Yi-Hung Ou, Michael A. White, Patrick Ryan Potts


AMP-activated protein kinase (AMPK) is a master sensor and regulator of cellular energy status. Upon metabolic stress, AMPK suppresses anabolic and promotes catabolic processes to regain energy homeostasis. Cancer cells can occasionally suppress the growth-restrictive AMPK pathway by mutation of an upstream regulatory kinase. Here, we describe a widespread mechanism to suppress AMPK through its ubiquitination and degradation by the cancer-specific MAGE-A3/6-TRIM28 ubiquitin ligase. MAGE-A3 and MAGE-A6 are highly similar proteins normally expressed only in the male germline but frequently re-activated in human cancers. MAGE-A3/6 are necessary for cancer cell viability and are sufficient to drive tumorigenic properties of non-cancerous cells. Screening for targets of MAGE-A3/6-TRIM28 revealed that it ubiquitinates and degrades AMPKα1. This leads to inhibition of autophagy, activation of mTOR signaling, and hypersensitization to AMPK agonists, such as metformin. These findings elucidate a germline mechanism commonly hijacked in cancer to suppress AMPK.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
United States 4 2%
Canada 2 <1%
United Kingdom 1 <1%
Sweden 1 <1%
Japan 1 <1%
Germany 1 <1%
Unknown 227 96%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Ph. D. Student 59 25%
Researcher 33 14%
Student > Master 24 10%
Student > Bachelor 21 9%
Professor > Associate Professor 17 7%
Other 50 21%
Unknown 33 14%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology 81 34%
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 71 30%
Medicine and Dentistry 28 12%
Chemistry 4 2%
Arts and Humanities 4 2%
Other 8 3%
Unknown 41 17%

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