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Heterodimer formation of the myeloid zinc finger 1 SCAN domain and association with promyelocytic leukemia nuclear bodies. Leuk Res 2008 Oct;32(10):1582-92



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2-s2.0-44749092408   14 Citations


Myeloid zinc finger 1 (MZF1) is a transcription factor that plays an important role in blood cell development. Previous reports indicate MZF1 is an essential factor whose abnormal expression results in cancer. However, the molecular mechanisms by which MZF1 functions in development and contributes to cancer progression remain unknown. MZF1 is a member of the SCAN domain family of zinc finger proteins (SCAN-ZFP) that form dimers via their highly conserved SCAN motif. To better understand the molecular mechanism of MZF1 function, we sought to characterize the cellular localization pattern of MZF1 in the context of SCAN dimerization. Here we provide evidence that MZF1 is a constituent of promyelocytic leukemia nuclear bodies (PML-NBs) and that the SCAN domain is necessary for association with these intranuclear structures. In addition, the SCAN-ZFP member ZNF24 was identified as a novel heterodimeric partner of MZF1 that also associates with PML-NBs in a unique ring-type pattern. Finally, we provide support that MZF1 protein may be modified by SUMOylation, which provides further support for localization of MZF1 protein complexes to PML-NBs. Altogether, these data suggest that MZF1 is recruited to PML-NBs and that the SCAN domain may play an integral role in regulating the localization of heterodimeric protein complexes to these intranuclear structures.

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Noll L, Peterson FC, Hayes PL, Volkman BF, Sander T


Francis C. Peterson PhD Professor in the Biochemistry department at Medical College of Wisconsin
Brian F. Volkman PhD Professor in the Biochemistry department at Medical College of Wisconsin

MESH terms used to index this publication - Major topics in bold

Cell Line, Tumor
Cell Nucleus Structures
Kruppel-Like Transcription Factors
Nuclear Proteins
Protein Structure, Tertiary
Small Ubiquitin-Related Modifier Proteins
Transcription Factors
Zinc Fingers
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