Roles of regulator of chromosome condensation 2 in cancer: Beyond its regulatory function in cell cycle


Regulator of chromosome condensation 2 (RCC2) is an essential protein in order for mitosis to proceed properly. It localizes in the centrosome of chromosomes where is involved in chromosome segregation and cytokinesis. Furthermore, RCC2 associates with integrin networks at the plasma membrane where participates in the control of cell movement. Because of its known role in cell cycle, RCC2 has been linked with cancer progression. Several reports show that RCC2 induces cancer hallmarks, but the mechanisms explaining how RCC2 exerts these roles are widely unknown. Here, we aim to summarize the main findings explaining the roles and mechanisms of RCC2 in cancer promotion. RCC2 is overexpressed in different cancers, including glioblastoma, lung, ovarian, and esophageal which is related to proliferation, migration, invasion promotion in vitro and tumor progression and metastasis in vivo. Besides, RCC2 overexpression induces epithelial-mesenchymal transition and causes poorer prognosis in cancer patients. RCC2 overexpression has also been linked with resistance development to chemotherapy and radiotherapy by inhibiting apoptosis and activating cancer-promoting transcription factors. Unfortunately, not RCC2 inhibitors are currently available for further pre-clinical and clinical assays. Therefore, these findings emphasize the potential use of RCC2 as a targetable biomarker in cancer and highlight the importance for designing RCC2 chemical inhibitors to evaluate its efficacy in animal studies and clinical trials.



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Calderon-Aparicio, A., & Bode, A. (2021). Roles of regulator of chromosome condensation 2 in cancer: Beyond its regulatory function in cell cycle. Oncology Reviews, 15(1).