J Cancer 2022; 13(2):623-640. doi:10.7150/jca.57663 This issue


Oncogene or Tumor Suppressor: The Coordinative Role of Lysine Methyltransferase SET7/9 in Cancer Development and the Related Mechanisms

Ye Gu1,2,3,4, Xiaofeng Zhang1,2,3✉, Weiping Yu4✉, Weifeng Dong5✉

1. Department of Gastroenterology, Key Laboratory of Clinical Cancer Pharmacology and Toxicology Research of Zhejiang Province, Affiliated Hangzhou First People's Hospital, Zhejiang University School of Medicine, Hangzhou, Zhejiang, P.R. China, 310006.
2. Hangzhou Hospital & Institute of Digestive Diseases, Hangzhou, Zhejiang, P.R. China, 310006.
3. Key Laboratory of Integrated Traditional Chinese and Western Medicine for Biliary and Pancreatic Diseases of Zhejiang Province, Hangzhou, Zhejiang, P.R. China, 310006.
4. Department of Pathophysiology, Medical school of Southeast University, Nanjing, Jiangsu, P.R. China, 210009.
5. Department of Laboratory Medicine, Cross Cancer Institute, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.

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Gu Y, Zhang X, Yu W, Dong W. Oncogene or Tumor Suppressor: The Coordinative Role of Lysine Methyltransferase SET7/9 in Cancer Development and the Related Mechanisms. J Cancer 2022; 13(2):623-640. doi:10.7150/jca.57663. Available from https://www.jcancer.org/v13p0623.htm

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SET7/9 is a member of the protein lysine methyltransferase family that methylates both histone 3 lysine 4 (H3-K4) and lysine(s) of other non-histone proteins. In recent years, dis-regulation of SET7/9 were frequently detected in various cancer types and SET7/9-mediated methylation has been recognized as an important mechanism that affects cancer initiation and development through regulation of a series of cellular processes. Here we review the currently identified histone and non-histone protein targets of SET7/9 that are closely correlated with human cancer and the function of SET7/9 in regulating the expression and stability of its protein targets. The review also discusses the putative role of SET7/9 as an oncogene or tumor suppressor in the development of various cancer types and the underlying mechanisms, which may help better evaluate the potential of SET7/9 as a novel candidate for cancer therapy.

Keywords: SET7/9, lysine methyltransferase, methylation, cancer developments