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The canonocal Notch signalling pathway has four type I transmembrane Notch receptors (Notch1-4) and five ligands (DLL1, 2 and 3, and Jagged 1-2). Each member of this highly conserved receptor family plays a unique role in cell-fate determination during embryogenesis, differentiation, tissue patterning, proliferation and cell death . As the Notch ligands are also membrane bound, cells have to be in close proximity for receptor-ligand interactions to occur. Cleavage of the intracellular domain (ICD) of activated Notch receptors by γ-secretase is required for downstream signalling and Notch-induced transcriptional modulation [3,10,14,21]. This is why γ-secretase inhibitors can be used to downregulate Notch signalling and explains their anti-cancer action. One such small molecule is RO4929097 , although development of this compound has been terminated following an unsuccessful Phase II single agent clinical trial in metastatic colorectal cancer .
Aberrant Notch signalling is implicated in a number of human cancers [5,11,15,19]. Pharmaceutical inhibitors of Notch signalling such as demcizumab and tarextumab are being actively investigated as novel anti-cancer agents . Previs et al. (2015) review the current status of therapeutic modulation of Notch signalling in cancer .
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3. De Strooper B, Annaert W, Cupers P, Saftig P, Craessaerts K, Mumm JS, Schroeter EH, Schrijvers V, Wolfe MS, Ray WJ et al.. (1999) A presenilin-1-dependent gamma-secretase-like protease mediates release of Notch intracellular domain. Nature, 398 (6727): 518-22. [PMID:10206645]
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5. Lefort K, Mandinova A, Ostano P, Kolev V, Calpini V, Kolfschoten I, Devgan V, Lieb J, Raffoul W, Hohl D et al.. (2007) Notch1 is a p53 target gene involved in human keratinocyte tumor suppression through negative regulation of ROCK1/2 and MRCKalpha kinases. Genes Dev., 21 (5): 562-77. [PMID:17344417]
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8. McBride KL, Riley MF, Zender GA, Fitzgerald-Butt SM, Towbin JA, Belmont JW, Cole SE. (2008) NOTCH1 mutations in individuals with left ventricular outflow tract malformations reduce ligand-induced signaling. Hum. Mol. Genet., 17 (18): 2886-93. [PMID:18593716]
9. Nagamatsu I, Onishi H, Matsushita S, Kubo M, Kai M, Imaizumi A, Nakano K, Hattori M, Oda Y, Tanaka M et al.. (2014) NOTCH4 is a potential therapeutic target for triple-negative breast cancer. Anticancer Res., 34 (1): 69-80. [PMID:24403446]
10. Nam Y, Sliz P, Song L, Aster JC, Blacklow SC. (2006) Structural basis for cooperativity in recruitment of MAML coactivators to Notch transcription complexes. Cell, 124 (5): 973-83. [PMID:16530044]
11. Ntziachristos P, Lim JS, Sage J, Aifantis I. (2014) From fly wings to targeted cancer therapies: a centennial for notch signaling. Cancer Cell, 25 (3): 318-34. [PMID:24651013]
12. Previs RA, Coleman RL, Harris AL, Sood AK. (2015) Molecular pathways: translational and therapeutic implications of the Notch signaling pathway in cancer. Clin. Cancer Res., 21 (5): 955-61. [PMID:25388163]
13. Puente XS, Pinyol M, Quesada V, Conde L, Ordóñez GR, Villamor N, Escaramis G, Jares P, Beà S, González-Díaz M et al.. (2011) Whole-genome sequencing identifies recurrent mutations in chronic lymphocytic leukaemia. Nature, 475 (7354): 101-5. [PMID:21642962]
14. Schroeter EH, Kisslinger JA, Kopan R. (1998) Notch-1 signalling requires ligand-induced proteolytic release of intracellular domain. Nature, 393 (6683): 382-6. [PMID:9620803]
15. Sjölund J, Johansson M, Manna S, Norin C, Pietras A, Beckman S, Nilsson E, Ljungberg B, Axelson H. (2008) Suppression of renal cell carcinoma growth by inhibition of Notch signaling in vitro and in vivo. J. Clin. Invest., 118 (1): 217-28. [PMID:18079963]
16. Stittrich AB, Lehman A, Bodian DL, Ashworth J, Zong Z, Li H, Lam P, Khromykh A, Iyer RK, Vockley JG et al.. (2014) Mutations in NOTCH1 cause Adams-Oliver syndrome. Am. J. Hum. Genet., 95 (3): 275-84. [PMID:25132448]
17. Stransky N, Egloff AM, Tward AD, Kostic AD, Cibulskis K, Sivachenko A, Kryukov GV, Lawrence MS, Sougnez C, McKenna A et al.. (2011) The mutational landscape of head and neck squamous cell carcinoma. Science, 333 (6046): 1157-60. [PMID:21798893]
18. Strosberg JR, Yeatman T, Weber J, Coppola D, Schell MJ, Han G, Almhanna K, Kim R, Valone T, Jump H et al.. (2012) A phase II study of RO4929097 in metastatic colorectal cancer. Eur. J. Cancer, 48 (7): 997-1003. [PMID:22445247]
19. Vilimas T, Mascarenhas J, Palomero T, Mandal M, Buonamici S, Meng F, Thompson B, Spaulding C, Macaroun S, Alegre ML et al.. (2007) Targeting the NF-kappaB signaling pathway in Notch1-induced T-cell leukemia. Nat. Med., 13 (1): 70-7. [PMID:17173050]
20. Weng AP, Ferrando AA, Lee W, Morris 4th JP, Silverman LB, Sanchez-Irizarry C, Blacklow SC, Look AT, Aster JC. (2004) Activating mutations of NOTCH1 in human T cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia. Science, 306 (5694): 269-71. [PMID:15472075]
21. Wilson JJ, Kovall RA. (2006) Crystal structure of the CSL-Notch-Mastermind ternary complex bound to DNA. Cell, 124 (5): 985-96. [PMID:16530045]
Database page citation:
Notch receptors. Accessed on 27/03/2017. IUPHAR/BPS Guide to PHARMACOLOGY, http://www.guidetopharmacology.org/GRAC/FamilyDisplayForward?familyId=914.
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