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Loss of Bcl-G, a Bcl-2 family member, augments the development of inflammation-associated colorectal cancer

Paul M Nguyen, Laura F Dagley, Adele Preaudet, Nga Lam, Maybelline Giam, Ka Yee Fung, Kaheina Aizel, Gemma van Duijneveldt, Chin Wee Tan, Yumiko Hirokawa, Hon Yan K Yip, Christopher G Love, Ashleigh R Poh, Akshay D' Cruz, Charlotte Burstroem, Rebecca Feltham, Suad M Abdirahman, Kristy Meiselbach, Ronnie Ren Jie Low, Michelle Palmieri Show all

Cell Death and Differentiation | NATURE PUBLISHING GROUP | Published : 2020


Gastrointestinal epithelial cells provide a selective barrier that segregates the host immune system from luminal microorganisms, thereby contributing directly to the regulation of homeostasis. We have shown that from early embryonic development Bcl-G, a Bcl-2 protein family member with unknown function, was highly expressed in gastrointestinal epithelial cells. While Bcl-G was dispensable for normal growth and development in mice, the loss of Bcl-G resulted in accelerated progression of colitis-associated cancer. A label-free quantitative proteomics approach revealed that Bcl-G may contribute to the stability of a mucin network, which when disrupted, is linked to colon tumorigenesis. Consis..

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