Ubiquitin specific protease 35 (USP35) is a member of deubiquitylases (DUBs). It remains largely unknown about the biological role and the regulation mechanism of USP35. Here, we first identified miR let-7a as a positive regulator of USP35 expression and showed that USP35 expression positively correlates with miR let-7a expression in different cancer cell lines and tissues. Then, we showed that USP35 expression was decreased dramatically in the tumor tissues compared with the adjacent noncancerous tissues. USP35 overexpression inhibited cell proliferation in vitro and inhibited xenograft tumor growth in vivo. Furthermore, we revealed that USP35 acts as a functional DUB and stabilizes TNFAIP3 interacting protein 2 (ABIN-2) by promoting its deubiquitination. Functionally, both ABIN-2 and USP35 could inhibit TNFa-induced NF- ΚB activation and overexpression of ABIN-2 alleviated USP35-loss induced activation of NF-ΚB. Collectively, our data indicated that miR let-7a-regulated USP35 can inhibit NF-ΚB activation by deubiquitination and stabilization of ABIN-2 protein and eventually inhibit cell proliferation. Overall, our study provides a novel rationale of targeting miR let-7a-USP35-ABIN-2 pathway for the therapy of cancer patients.
Liu, C., Wang, L., Chen, W., Zhao, S., Yin, C., Lin, Y., … Zhang, P. (2015). USP35 activated by miR let-7a inhibits cell proliferation and NF-ΚB activation through stabilization of ABIN-2. Oncotarget, 6(29), 27891–27906. https://doi.org/10.18632/oncotarget.4451