Tissue-specific alternative splicing is critical for the emergence of tissue identity during development, yet the role of this process in malignant transformation is undefined. Tissue-specific splicing involves evolutionarily conserved, alternative exons that represent only a minority of the total alternative exons identified. Many of these conserved exons have functional features that influence signaling pathways to profound biological effect. Here, we determined that lineage-specific splicing of a brain-enriched cassette exon in the membrane-binding tumor suppressor annexin A7 (ANXA7) diminishes endosomal targeting of the EGFR oncoprotein, consequently enhancing EGFR signaling during brain tumor progression.
Roberto Ferrarese, Griffith R. Harsh IV, Ajay K. Yadav, Eva Bug, Daniel Maticzka, Wilfried Reichardt, Stephen M. Dombrowski, Tyler E. Miller, Anie P. Masilamani, Fangping Dai, Hyunsoo Kim, Michael Hadler, Denise M. Scholtens, Irene L.Y. Yu, Jürgen Beck, Vinodh Srinivasasainagendra, Fabrizio Costa, Nicoleta Baxan, Dietmar Pfeifer, Dominik von Elverfeldt, Rolf Backofen, Astrid Weyerbrock, Christine W. Duarte, Xiaolin He, Marco Prinz, James P. Chandler, Hannes Vogel, Arnab Chakravarti, Jeremy N. Rich, Maria S. Carro, Markus Bredel