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Amino Acids, Peptides, and Proteins | Cancer Biology | Cell Biology | Developmental Biology | Developmental Neuroscience | Enzymes and Coenzymes | Nervous System


PSMD10(Gankyrin), a proteasome assembly chaperone, is a widely known oncoprotein which aspects many hall mark properties of cancer. However, except proteasome assembly chaperon function its role in normal cell function remains unknown. To address this issue, we induced PSMD10(Gankyrin) overexpression in HEK293 cells and the resultant large-scale changes in gene expression profile were analyzed. We constituted networks from microarray data of these differentially expressed genes and carried out extensive topological analyses. The overrecurring yet consistent theme that appeared throughout analysis using varied network metrics is that all genes and interactions identified as important would be involved in neurogenesis and neuronal development. Intrigued we tested the possibility that PSMD10(Gankyrin) may be strongly associated with cell fate decisions that commit neural stem cells to differentiate into neurons. Overexpression of PSMD10(Gankyrin) in human neuronal progenitor cells facilitated neuronal differentiation via beta-catenin Ngn1 pathway. Here for the first time we provide preliminary and yet compelling experimental evidence for the involvement of a potential oncoprotein - PSMD10(Gankyrin), in neuronal differentiation.


Gankyrin, Human neuronal progenitor cells, Microarray, Neurogenesis, PSMD10, Proteasome

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Int J Stem Cells. 2019 Aug 31. doi: 10.15283/ijsc19007. [Epub ahead of print] Link to article on publisher's site

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International journal of stem cells

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