Yin-Yang strands of PCAF/Hedgehog axis in cancer control

Paola Infante, Gianluca Canettieri, Alberto Gulino, Lucia Di Marcotullio

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PCAF (p300/CBP associated factor) harbors acetyltransferase and a recently identified ubiquitylation activity that regulates gene expression in response to genotoxic stress or mitogenic signals. We highlight the dual role of PCAF in the control of Hedgehog signaling, a master regulator of tissue development, stemness, and tumorigenesis. By promoting histone acetylation at Hedgehog/GLI1 target gene promoters or direct ubiquitylation and proteolysis of GLI1, the PCAF/GLI1 axis stands as a promising therapeutic target for Hedgehog-dependent tumors.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)416-418
Number of pages3
JournalTrends in Molecular Medicine
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 2014



  • Acetyltransferase
  • Cancer
  • E3-ubiquitin ligase
  • Hedgehog
  • P53
  • PCAF

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Molecular Biology
  • Molecular Medicine
  • Medicine(all)

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Infante, P., Canettieri, G., Gulino, A., & Di Marcotullio, L. (2014). Yin-Yang strands of PCAF/Hedgehog axis in cancer control. Trends in Molecular Medicine, 20(8), 416-418. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.molmed.2014.05.003