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The forkhead-box family of transcription factors: key molecular players in colorectal cancer pathogenesis

Mol Cancer. 2019 Jan 8;18(1):5. doi: 10.1186/s12943-019-0938-x.

Laissue P1.


Colorectal cancer (CRC) is the third most commonly occurring cancer worldwide and the fourth most frequent cause of death having an oncological origin. It has been found that transcription factors (TF) dysregulation, leading to the significant expression modifications of genes, is a widely distributed phenomenon regarding human malignant neoplasias. These changes are key determinants regarding tumour's behaviour as they contribute to cell differentiation/proliferation, migration and metastasis, as well as resistance to chemotherapeutic agents. The forkhead box (FOX) transcription factor family consists of an evolutionarily conserved group of transcriptional regulators engaged in numerous functions during development and adult life. Their dysfunction has been associated with human diseases. Several FOX gene subgroup transcriptional disturbances, affecting numerous complex molecular cascades, have been linked to a wide range of cancer types highlighting their potential usefulness as molecular biomarkers. At least 14 FOX subgroups have been related to CRC pathogenesis, thereby underlining their role for diagnosis, prognosis and treatment purposes.This manuscript aims to provide, for the first time, a comprehensive review of FOX genes' roles during CRC pathogenesis. The molecular and functional characteristics of most relevant FOX molecules (FOXO, FOXM1, FOXP3) have been described within the context of CRC biology, including their usefulness regarding diagnosis and prognosis. Potential CRC therapeutics (including genome-editing approaches) involving FOX regulation have also been included. Taken together, the information provided here should enable a better understanding of FOX genes' function in CRC pathogenesis for basic science researchers and clinicians.

KEYWORDS: Colorectal cancer; Forkhead transcription factors; Molecular aetiology PMID: 30621735 PMCID: PMC6325735 DOI: 10.1186/s12943-019-0938-x

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Tbx1 is regulated by forkhead proteins in the secondary heart field

Dev Dyn. 2006 Mar;235(3):701-10.

Maeda J1, Yamagishi H, McAnally J, Yamagishi C, Srivastava D.


Transcriptional regulation in a tissue-specific and quantitative manner is essential for developmental events, including those involved in cardiovascular morphogenesis. Tbx1 is a T-box-containing transcription factor that is responsible for many of the defects observed in 22q11 deletion syndrome in humans. Tbx1 is expressed in the secondary heart field (SHF) and is essential for cardiac outflow tract (OFT) development. We previously reported that Tbx1 is regulated by sonic hedgehog by means of forkhead (Fox) transcription factors in the head mesenchyme and pharyngeal endoderm, but how it is regulated in the SHF is unknown. Here, we show that Tbx1 expression in the SHF is regulated by Fox proteins through a combination of two evolutionarily conserved Fox binding sites in a dose-dependent manner. Cell fate analysis using the Tbx1 enhancer suggests that SHF-derived Tbx1-expressing cells contribute extensively to the right ventricular myocardium as well as the OFT during early development and ultimately give rise to the right ventricular infundibulum, pulmonary trunk, and pulmonary valves. These results suggest that Fox proteins are involved in most, if not all, Tbx1 expression domains and that Tbx1 marks a subset of SHF-derived cells, particularly those that uniquely contribute to the right-sided outflow tract and proximal pulmonary artery.

PMID 16444712