Polycomb Repressive Complex 1

Publication Title: 
Cancer Research

The vast majority of breast cancers are carcinomas that arise from mammary epithelial cells (MECs). One of the key early events in tumorigenic transformation is the ability of cells to overcome replicative senescence. However, the precise genetic changes that are responsible for this event in MECs is largely unknown. Here, we report that Bmi-1, originally identified as a c-Myc cooperating oncoprotein, can bypass senescence, extend the replicative life span, and immortalize MECs. Furthermore, Bmi-1 was overexpressed in immortal MECs and several breast cancer cell lines.

Author(s): 
Dimri, Goberdhan P.
Martinez, Jose-Luis
Jacobs, Jacqueline J. L.
Keblusek, Petra
Itahana, Koji
Van Lohuizen, Maarten
Campisi, Judith
Wazer, David E.
Band, Vimla
Publication Title: 
Aging Cell

Fetal cardiomyocytes have been proposed as a potential source of cell-based therapy for heart failure. This study examined cellular senescence in cultured human fetal ventricular cardiomyocytes (HFCs). HFCs were isolated and identified by immunocytochemistry and RT-PCR. Cells were found to senesce after 20-25 population doublings, as determined by growth arrest, morphological changes and senescence-associated beta-galactosidase activity. Using the telomeric repeat amplification protocol assay, telomerase activity was undetectable in primary HFCs.

Author(s): 
Ball, Andrew J.
Levine, Fred
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