Identification of RECK as an evolutionarily conserved tumor suppressor gene for zebrafish malignant peripheral nerve sheath tumors. Academic Article uri icon


  • Malignant peripheral nerve sheath tumors (MPNSTs) are a type of sarcoma with poor prognosis due to their complex genetic changes, invasive growth, and insensitivity to chemo- and radiotherapies. One of the most frequently lost chromosome arms in human MPNSTs is chromosome 9p. However, the cancer driver genes located on it remain largely unknown, except the tumor suppressor gene, p16 (INK4)/CDKN2A. Previously, we identified RECK as a tumor suppressor gene candidate on chromosome 9p using zebrafish-human comparative oncogenomics. In this study, we investigated the tumorigenesis of the reck gene using zebrafish genetic models in both tp53 and ribosomal protein gene mutation background. We also examined the biological effects of RECK gene restoration in human MPNST cell lines. These results provide the first genetic evidence that reck is a bona fide tumor suppressor gene for MPNSTs in zebrafish. In addition, restoration of the RECK gene in human MPNST cells leads to growth inhibition suggesting that the reactivation of RECK could serve as a potential therapeutic strategy for MPNSTs.

published proceedings

  • Oncotarget

author list (cited authors)

  • Kumari, R., Silic, M. R., Jones-Hall, Y. L., Nin-Velez, A., Yang, J., Mittal, S. K., & Zhang, G.

citation count

  • 3

complete list of authors

  • Kumari, Rashmi||Silic, Martin R||Jones-Hall, Yava L||Nin-Velez, Alexandra||Yang, Jer-Yen||Mittal, Suresh K||Zhang, GuangJun

publication date

  • May 2018