Cancer susceptibility and embryonic lethality in Mob1a/1b double-mutant mice

Miki Nishio, Koichi Hamada, Kohichi Kawahara, Masato Sasaki, Fumihito Noguchi, Shuhei Chiba, Kensaku Mizuno, Satoshi O. Suzuki, Youyi Dong, Masaaki Tokuda, Takumi Morikawa, Hiroki Hikasa, Jonathan Eggenschwiler, Norikazu Yabuta, Hiroshi Nojima, Kentaro Nakagawa, Yutaka Hata, Hiroshi Nishina, Koshi Mimori, Masaki MoriTakehiko Sasaki, Tak W. Mak, Toru Nakano, Satoshi Itami, Akira Suzuki

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Mps one binder 1a (MOB1A) and MOB1B are key components of the Hippo signaling pathway and are mutated or inactivated in many human cancers. Here we show that intact Mob1a or Mob1b is essential for murine embryogenesis and that loss of the remaining WT Mob1 allele in Mob1aΔ/Δ1b tr/+ or Mob1aΔ/+1btr/tr mice results in tumor development. Because most of these cancers resembled trichilemmal carcinomas, we generated double-mutant mice bearing tamoxifen-inducible, keratinocyte-specific homozygous-null mutations of Mob1a and Mob1b (kDKO mice). kDKO mice showed hyperplastic keratinocyte progenitors and defective keratinocyte terminal differentiation and soon died of malnutrition. kDKO keratinocytes exhibited hyperproliferation, apoptotic resistance, impaired contact inhibition, enhanced progenitor self renewal, and increased centrosomes. Examination of Hippo pathway signaling in kDKO keratinocytes revealed that loss of Mob1a/b altered the activities of the downstream Hippo mediators LATS and YAP1. Similarly, YAP1 was activated in some human trichilemmal carcinomas, and some of these also exhibited MOB1A/1B inactivation. Our results clearly demonstrate that MOB1A and MOB1B have overlapping functions in skin homeostasis, and exert their roles as tumor suppressors by regulating downstream elements of the Hippo pathway.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)4505-4518
Number of pages14
JournalThe Journal of Clinical Investigation
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - 3 Dec 2012
Externally publishedYes

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