RNF43 frameshift mutants show enhanced WNT siganling

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Frameshift and missense mutations have been identified in the E3 ubiquitin ligase RNF43 in pancreatic and colorectal cancers, and these trucated, loss of function proteins are believed to be inactive (Ivanov et al, 2007; Koo et al, 2012; Jiang et al, 2013). In wild type cells, RNF43 and the related ZNRF3 protein play a role in down-regulating WNT signaling by ubiquitinating the FZD receptors and promoting their internalization; RNF43 and ZNRF3 are also WNT-target genes, establishing a negative feedback loop (Hao et al, 2012; Mukai et al, 2010; Yagyu et al, 2004; van der Flier et al, 2007). Cells depleted of RNF43 or expressing an oncogenic frameshift mutant are dependent upon stimulation by secreted WNT ligand for their proliferation. Consistent with this, treatment with the Porcupine inhibitor LGK974, which traps WNT in the ER, abrogates the growth of these cells (Koo et al, 2012; Jiang et al, 2013). Depletion of RNF43 results in elevated levels of FZD receptors in the cell membrane and increased expression of WNT reporters and endogenous target genes (Koo et al, 2012; Jiang et al, 2013).
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Nature 2012
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Gastroenterology 2007
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Nature 2012
20495530 Balanced ubiquitylation and deubiquitylation of Frizzled regulate cellular responsiveness to Wg/Wnt

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Oncogene 2007
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Functional status

Loss of function of RNF43 mutants [plasma membrane]

Name Identifier Synonyms
pancreatic cancer DOID:1793 malignant neoplasm of tail of pancreas, pancreatic tumor, Ca body of pancreas, pancreas neoplasm, malignant neoplasm of body of pancreas, pancreatic neoplasm, malignant tumor of body of pancreas (disorder), Ca tail of pancreas (disorder), malignant neoplasm of head of pancreas, Ca tail of pancreas, malignant tumor of tail of pancreas (disorder), neoplasm of pancreas (disorder), Ca head of pancreas, Ca body of pancreas (disorder)
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