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    Here, we focused on the potential function of Gab3, an uncommon Gab family protein, in human colorectal cancer (CRC) cells. We found that Gab3 was only expressed in human colon cancer tissues as well as in established (HCT-116 and HT-29 lines) and primary human CRC cells. It was however absent in normal human colon cancer tissues and in FHC colon epithelial cells. Knockdown of Gab3 by targeted-shRNAs inhibited proliferation of the CRC cells. Reversely, exogenous over-expression of Gab3 promoted CRC cell proliferation. At the signaling level, Gab3 co-precipitated with p85 and SHP2 in CRC cells, which was required for subsequent Akt and Erk activation. Gab3 shRNA knockdown inhibited Akt and Erk activation, yet Gab3 over-expression augmented it. In vivo, HCT-116 xenograft tumor growth in severe combined immune deficient (SCID) mice was suppressed following expressing Gab3 shRNAs. Meanwhile, Akt and Erk activation in Gab3 shRNA-expressing tumors was also largely inhibited. Together, our results suggest that Gab3 expression in CRC cells is important for Akt-Erk activation and cell proliferation. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.


    Shihao Xiang, Na Wang, Pingping Hui, Jiali Ma. Gab3 is required for human colorectal cancer cell proliferation. Biochemical and biophysical research communications. 2017 Mar 18;484(4):719-725

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    PMID: 28115166

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