Dimeric TGFB1 does not bind TGFBR2 MSI frameshift mutants

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Inactivating mutations in TGF-beta receptor II (TGFBR2) are found in the majority of colorectal cancers with microsatellite instability (MSI). MSI is frequently observed in hereditary nonpolyposis colorectal cancers (HNPCC) caused by defects in mismatch repair genes, which leads to elevated gene mutation rates, especially within simple repeated sequences (Aaltonen et al. 1994, Fishel et al. 1993, Leach et al. 1993, Nicolaides et al. 1994, Bronner et al. 1994, Miyaki et al. 1997, Wu et al. 2001). As TGFBR2 cDNA contains a repeat sequence of 10 adenines at coding nucleotides 374-383 (nucleotides 756-765 of the reference TGFBR2 mRNA NM_003242.5), it is susceptible to the MSI-associated mutator mechanism. The majority of TGFBR2 mutations observed in MSI colorectal cancer tumors are deletions of 1 or 2 adenines within the 10 adenine repeat sequence, resulting in a frameshift that is prediced to produce truncated proteins of 161 (TGFBR2 K128fs*35) and 129 amino acids (TGFBR2 K128fs*3), respectively. As these frameshift mutations produce a nonsense codon in the 5' half of the mRNA, the majority of mutant transcripts are degraded, likely through nonsense-mediated decay (Hagan et al. 1995), resulting in very low levels of mutant TGFBR2 mRNAs (Markowitz et al. 1995, Wang et al. 1995). Even if the mutant mRNA gets translated, the mutant proteins cannot be expressed at the cell surface, as the truncation is located upstream of the transmembrane domain of TGFBR2.

Cancer cells with MSI frameshift mutations in the TGFBR2 gene do not express any TGFBR2 on their cell surface and are resistant to TGF-beta 1 (TGFB1)-mediated growth inhibition (Markowitz et al. 1995, Wang et al. 1995). The responsiveness to TGFB1 can be restored by exogenous expression of the wild-type TGFBR2 (Wang et al. 1995), as long as the downstream effectors of TGF-beta receptor complex signaling are intact.

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Science 1995
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Cell 1993
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Cell 1993
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Nature 1994
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Nature 1994
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Science 1993
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cancer 162 malignant tumor, malignant neoplasm, primary cancer
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