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The role of KPNβ1 in neuro-oncology

Authors Lilley M, Farassati F

Received 6 March 2017

Accepted for publication 6 March 2017

Published 10 April 2017 Volume 2017:10 Pages 2067—2068


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Megan Lilley,1,2 Faris Farassati1,3

1Midwest Biomedical Research Foundation, Kansas City Veterans Affairs Medical Center, 2School of Medicine, University of Missouri, 3Saint Luke’s Cancer Institute–Saint Luke’s Marion Bloch Neuroscience Institute, Kansas City, MO, USA

KPNβ1, also known as importin-β, is part of the karyopherin superfamily of nuclear transport proteins.1 The classical importin-α/β system is believed to import up to half of the nuclear traffic.2 Importins and exportins transport pro-oncogenic mediators across the nuclear membrane and are found to be overexpressed in a number of cancer types, including breast, colon, esophageal, gastric, lung, lymphoma, melanoma, pancreatic, and prostate cancer.3 The nuclear pore complex (NPC) is composed of approximately 30 proteins (nucleoporins) that are arranged octagonally around a central channel. KPNβ1 participates in the classical nuclear import pathway alongside its adaptor protein – importin-α. Importin-α first recognizes and binds the cytoplasmic cargo via its nuclear localization signals, and then associates with importin-β via the importin-β binding (IBB) domain. This complex (nuclear localization signals–importin-α–importin-β) then traverses the nuclear pore complex.4 This active transport is able to occur against the concentration gradient, due to varying levels of Ran, a GTPase.4

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