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CRD-BP: a c-Myc mRNA stabilizing protein with an oncofetal pattern of expression.

The Coding Region Determinant-Binding Protein (CRD-BP) is an RRM and KH-domain-containing protein that recognizes specifically at least three RNAs. It binds to one of the two c-myc mRNA instability elements, to the 5'Un Translated Region ( UTR) of the leader 3 IGF-II mRNA and to the oncofetal H19 RNA. CRD-BP has been assigned a role in stabilizing c-myc mRNA by preventing its endonucleolytic cleavage and in repressing the translation of the leader 3 IGF-II mRNA, the major embryonic species of this message. CRD-BP is normally expressed only in fetal tissues. However, its expression is detected in primary tumors and transformed cell lines of different origins. The vast majority of colon (80%) and breast (60%) tumors and sarcomas (73%) express CRD-BP whereas in other tumor types, for example prostate carcinomas, its expression is rare. CRD-BP expression has also been detected in benign tumors such as breast fibroadenomas, meningiomas and other benign mesenchymal tumors, implying a role for this gene in abnormal cell proliferation. In breast carcinomas, CRD-BP expression and or gene copy number gains in the region encompassing the c-myc locus were detected in approximately 75% of tumors, implying that the deregulated expression of c-myc may be more widespread than previously believed. Infiltrated lymph nodes, corresponding to CRD-BP-positive primary tumors, were also found positive indicating that monitoring for CRD-BP could prove useful for the detection and monitoring of disseminated disease.[1]


  1. CRD-BP: a c-Myc mRNA stabilizing protein with an oncofetal pattern of expression. Ioannidis, P., Mahaira, L., Papadopoulou, A., Teixeira, M.R., Heim, S., Andersen, J.A., Evangelou, E., Dafni, U., Pandis, N., Trangas, T. Anticancer Res. (2003) [Pubmed]
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