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    ZNF326 promotes proliferation of non-small cell lung cancer cells by regulating ERCC1 expression. Wu Jingjing,Zhang Xiupeng,Han Qiang,Han Xu,Rong Xuezhu,Wang Minghao,Zheng Xiaoying,Wang Enhua Laboratory investigation; a journal of technical methods and pathology The roles and downstream target genes of the transcription factor ZNF326 in malignant tumors are unclear. Out of 146 lung cancer tissue samples, we found that high expression of ZNF326 in 82 samples was closely related to low differentiation and a high pTNM stage of non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) cells. In vitro and in vivo analyses showed that ZNF326 significantly promoted cell cycle progression, colony formation, and proliferation as well as the growth of NSCLC transplanted tumors. Chromatin immunoprecipitation sequencing, dual-luciferase assay, and electrophoretic mobility shift assay confirmed that the C2H2 structure of ZNF326 binds to the -833 to -875 bp region of the ERCC1 promoter to initiate transcriptional activity. This binding promoted CyclinB1 synthesis and cell cycle progression. These results show that the ZNF326 transcription factor is highly expressed in lung cancer and promotes the proliferation of NSCLC cells by regulating the expression of ERCC1. 10.1038/s41374-018-0148-y
    Overexpression of zinc finger protein 384 (ZNF 384), a poor prognostic predictor, promotes cell growth by upregulating the expression of Cyclin D1 in Hepatocellular carcinoma. He Lifeng,Fan Xiaoxiao,Li Yirun,Chen Mingming,Cui Bin,Chen Guoqiao,Dai Yili,Zhou Daizhan,Hu Xiaotong,Lin Hui Cell death & disease Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) is a highly heterogeneous, multigene-driven malignant tumor. ZNF384 is an overexpressed gene with a high frequency of alteration in HCC, but research on the function of ZNF384 in HCC is lacking. In this study, the expression level of ZNF384 in HCC was analyzed through immunohistochemical (IHC) staining, Western blot analysis and qRT-PCR. We also generated ZNF384 knockdown and knockout HCC cell lines using short hairpin RNA (shRNA) and CRISPR/Cas9 systems. MTS, colony formation, and 5-ethynyl-20-deoxyuridine (EdU) assays; flow cytometry; and a xenograft mouse model were used to evaluate the effects of ZNF384 on cell proliferation. Western blot analysis, a dual luciferase reporter assay and a ChIP assay were performed to explore the potential mechanism. We found that overexpression of ZNF384 in HCC and elevated expression of ZNF384 in HCC tissues was significantly correlated with tumor recurrence (P = 0.0097). Kaplan-Meier survival analysis revealed that high expression levels of ZNF384 were correlated with poor overall survival (P = 0.0386). Downregulation of ZNF384 expression suppressed HCC cell proliferation by inhibiting the expression of Cyclin D1. These findings suggest that ZNF384 tends to act as an oncogene in the development of HCC. ZNF384 promotes the proliferation of HCC cells by directly upregulating the expression of Cyclin D1 and might serve as a prognostic predictive factor for HCC patients. 10.1038/s41419-019-1681-3