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Featured Review: MAPKAPK2: the master regulator of RNA-binding proteins modulates transcript stability and tumor progression

The p38 mitogen-activated protein kinase (p38MAPK) pathway has been implicated in a variety of pathological conditions including inflammation and metastasis. Post-transcriptional regulation of genes harboring adenine/uridine-rich elements (AREs) in their 3′-untranslated region (3′-UTR) is controlled by MAPK-activated protein kinase 2 (MAPKAPK2 or MK2), a downstream substrate of the p38MAPK. In response to diverse extracellular stimuli, MK2 influences crucial signaling events, regulates inflammatory cytokines, transcript stability and critical cellular processes. Expression of genes involved in these vital cellular cascades is controlled by subtle interactions in underlying molecular networks and post-transcriptional gene regulation that determines transcript fate in association with RNA-binding proteins (RBPs). Several RBPs associate with the 3′-UTRs of the target transcripts and regulate their expression via modulation of transcript stability. Although MK2 regulates important cellular phenomenon, yet its biological significance in tumor progression has not been well elucidated till date. In this review, Padwad et al have highlighted in detail the importance of MK2 as the master regulator of RBPs and its role in the regulation of transcript stability, tumor progression, as well as the possibility of use of MK2 as a therapeutic target in tumor management.

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  1. Authors: Stephan Kruger, Matthias Ilmer, Sebastian Kobold, Bruno L. Cadilha, Stefan Endres, Steffen Ormanns, Gesa Schuebbe, Bernhard W. Renz, Jan G. D’Haese, Hans Schloesser, Volker Heinemann, Marion Subklewe, Stefan Boeck, Jens Werner and Michael von Bergwelt-Baildon

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