The ZF87/MAZ transcription factor functions as a growth suppressor in fibroblasts

M. C. Stubbs, I. Min, M. W. Izzo, R. Rallapalli, A. Derfoul, D. J. Hall

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ZF87/MAZ is a zinc finger transcription factor that activates expression of tissue-specific genes and represses expression of the c-myc proto-oncogene. Infection of NIH3T3 fibroblasts with a retrovirus expressing ZF87/MAZ leads to a significant reduction in G418-resistant colonies, compared to cells infected with a retroviral control. Further, only a small fraction of the G418-resistant colonies express ZF87/MAZ. When the ZF87/MAZ-expressing colonies are expanded, they demonstrate a slow growth phenotype, a delayed transit through G1 phase and a decrease in endogenous c-myc gene expression and cyclin A and cyclin E protein levels. Consistent with a partial G1 arrest, the ZF87/MAZ-expressing cells show a reduced sensitivity to the S phase specific chemotherapeutic agent camptothecin. These data indicate that ZF87/MAZ is a growth suppressor protein in nontransformed cells, in part, by affecting the levels of key cell cycle regulatory proteins.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)477-485
Number of pages9
JournalBiochemistry and Cell Biology
Issue number4
StatePublished - 2000
Externally publishedYes


  • Cancer
  • Cell cycle
  • ZF87/MAZ


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