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AIG1 is a novel Pirh2-interacting protein that activates the NFAT signaling pathway
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Pirh2 is an E3 ligase that negatively regulates p53 through both direct physical interaction and ubiquitin-mediated proteolysis. Here, we identified a novel Pirh2-interacting protein, AIG1, by yeast two-hybrid screening and confirmed its interaction with p53 both in vitro and in vivo. Quantitative real-time reverse transcription-PCR analysis showed that AIG1 expression levels were reduced in 50 out of 79 (63%) human hepatocellular carcinomas (HCCs) when compared to matched, non-cancerous liver tissue; levels were significantly different between HCCs with or without lymph node metastasis. Kaplan-Meier analysis indicated that the survival time of HCC patients down-regulated for AIG1 is much shorter than it is for patients up-regulated for AIG1 expression (p = 0.0313 as determined by the Log-rank test). Finally, AIG1 activated the nuclear factor of activated T cells (NFAT) signaling pathway in a dose-dependent manner when over-expressed in HEK293T cells. Our results suggest AIG1 could serve as a new biomarker for the diagnosis and prognostic evaluation of HCCs.