MDM4 is a promising target for cancer therapy, as it is undetectable in most normal adult tissues but often upregulated in cancer cells to dampen p53 tumor-suppressor function. The mechanisms that underlie MDM4 upregulation in cancer cells are largely unknown. Here, we have shown that this key oncogenic event mainly depends on a specific alternative splicing switch. We determined that while a nonsense-mediated, decay-targeted isoform of
Michael Dewaele, Tommaso Tabaglio, Karen Willekens, Marco Bezzi, Shun Xie Teo, Diana H.P. Low, Cheryl M. Koh, Florian Rambow, Mark Fiers, Aljosja Rogiers, Enrico Radaelli, Muthafar Al-Haddawi, Soo Yong Tan, Els Hermans, Frederic Amant, Hualong Yan, Manikandan Lakshmanan, Ratnacaram Chandrahas Koumar, Soon Thye Lim, Frederick A. Derheimer, Robert M. Campbell, Zahid Bonday, Vinay Tergaonkar, Mark Shackleton, Christine Blattner, Jean-Christophe Marine, Ernesto Guccione
Enhanced exon 6 inclusion leads to MDM4 expression in human melanoma.