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KIAA1199 interacts with glycogen phosphorylase kinase β-subunit (PHKB) to promote glycogen breakdown and cancer cell survival

Masato Terashima, Yoshihiko Fujita, Yosuke Togashi, Kazuko Sakai, Marco A. De Velasco, Shuta Tomida and Kazuto Nishio _

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Oncotarget. 2014; 5:7040-7050. https://doi.org/10.18632/oncotarget.2220

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Masato Terashima1, Yoshihiko Fujita1, Yosuke Togashi1 , Kazuko Sakai1 , Marco A. De Velasco1 , Shuta Tomida1 and Kazuto Nishio1

1 Department of Genome Biology, Kinki University Faculty of Medicine, Osaka-Sayama, Osaka, Japan


Kazuto Nishio, email:

Keywords: KIAA1199, glycogen phosphorylase kinase β-subunit, glycogen phosphorylase brain form, glycogen breakdown

Received: May 30, 2014 Accepted: July 13, 2014 Published: July 15, 2014


The KIAA1199 gene was first discovered to be associated with non-syndromic hearing loss. Recently, several reports have shown that the up-regulation of KIAA1199 is associated with cancer cell migration or invasion and a poor prognosis. These findings indicate that KIAA1199 may be a novel target for cancer therapy. Therefore, we explored in detail the function of KIAA1199 in cancer cells. In this study, we investigated the interaction of KIAA1199 protein with intracellular proteins in cancer cells. To this end, we expressed KIAA1199-MBP fusion protein and performed a pull-down assay. In addition, KIAA1199-overexpressing cancer cell lines were constructed using a retroviral vector and were used for further experiments. A pull-down analysis showed that the glycogen phosphorylase kinase β-subunit (PHKB) interacted with the C-terminal region of KIAA1199 protein. Furthermore, we observed the interaction of KIAA1199 with glycogen phosphorylase brain form (PYGB) under serum-free conditions. The interaction promoted glycogen breakdown and cancer cell survival. Our findings indicate that KIAA1199 plays an important role in glycogen breakdown and cancer cell survival and that it may represent a novel target for cancer therapy.

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