Fbxo22 promotes cervical cancer progression via targeting p57Kip2 for ubiquitination and degradation

Min Lin, Jianan Zhang, Hakim Bouamar, Zhiwei Wang, Lu Zhe Sun, Xueqiong Zhu

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F-box only protein 22 (FBXO22) is a key subunit of the Skp1-Cullin 1-F-box protein (SCF) E3 ubiquitin ligase complex. Little is known regarding its biological function and underlying molecular mechanisms in regulating cervical cancer (CC) progression. In this study, we aim to explore the role and mechanism of FBXO22 in CC progression. The correlation between FBXO22 and clinicopathological characteristics of CC was analyzed by tissue microarray. MTT, colony formation, flow cytometry, Western blotting, qRT-PCR, protein half-life, co-immunoprecipitation, ubiquitination, and xenograft experiments were performed to assess the functions of FBXO22 and potential molecular mechanisms of FBXO22-mediated malignant progression in CC. The expression of FBXO22 protein in CC tissues was higher than that in adjacent non-tumor cervical tissues. Notably, high expression of FBXO22 was significantly associated with high histology grades, positive lymph node metastasis, and poor outcomes in CC patients. Functionally, ectopic expression of FBXO22 promoted cell viability in vitro and induced tumor growth in vivo, while knockdown of FBXO22 exhibited opposite effects. In addition, overexpression of FBXO22 promoted G1/S phase progression and inhibited apoptosis in CC cells. Mechanistically, FBXO22 physically interacted with the cyclin-dependent kinase inhibitor p57Kip2 and subsequently mediated its ubiquitination and proteasomal degradation leading to tumor progression. FBXO22 protein level was found negatively associated with p57Kip2 protein levels in patient CC samples. FBXO22 promotes CC progression partly through regulating the ubiquitination and proteasomal degradation of p57Kip2. Our study indicates that FBXO22 might be a novel prognostic biomarker and therapeutic target for CC.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number805
JournalCell Death and Disease
Issue number9
StatePublished - Sep 2022

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience
  • Cancer Research
  • Cell Biology
  • Immunology


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