Research Paper Volume 12, Issue 21 pp 21404—21422
CPEB3 functions as a tumor suppressor in colorectal cancer via JAK/STAT signaling
- 1 Guangdong Provincial Key Laboratory of Gastroenterology, Department of Gastroenterology, Nanfang Hospital, Southern Medical University, Guangzhou 510515, China
Received: December 21, 2019 Accepted: July 6, 2020 Published: November 3, 2020https://doi.org/10.18632/aging.103893
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As RNA-binding proteins, cytoplasmic polyadenylation element binding proteins (CPEBs) have drawn increasing attention for their function of controlling gene expression related to malignant transformation via post-transcriptional regulation. However, the contribution of CPEB3 to malignant development in cancers is poorly understood. In this study, we explored the clinical, biological, and mechanical role of CPEB3 in colorectal cancer progression. We showed that colorectal cancer tissues exhibited dampened CPEB3 expression which was closely associated with poor prognosis in patients with colorectal cancer (47 vs. 62 months, P = 0.035, n=99). Down-regulation CPEB3 promoted proliferation, migration, and invasion in colorectal cancer cells and vice versa. Mechanistically, CPEB3 performed as an RNA binding protein binding to 3ʹUTR of JAK1 mRNA to inhibit JAK/STAT pathways in colorectal cancer cells. Knockdown of CPEB3 induced active JAK-STAT signaling, thereby triggering the proliferation and metastasis capacity of colorectal cancer cells. These results suggest that CPEB3 functions as a tumor suppressor in colorectal cancer through its post-transcriptional regulation of JAK/STAT signaling. Implications: This study identified a novel role of the RNA binding protein CPEB3 in inhibiting cell proliferation and migration as well as the underlining mechanisms in colorectal cancer cells.