Tumor-Suppression Mechanisms of Protein Tyrosine Phosphatase O and Clinical Applications

  • Kang, Man-Man (The Center of Radiation Oncology, the 82th Hospital of People's Liberation Army of China) ;
  • Shan, Shun-Lin (The Center of Radiation Oncology, the 82th Hospital of People's Liberation Army of China) ;
  • Wen, Xu-Yang (The Center of Radiation Oncology, the 82th Hospital of People's Liberation Army of China) ;
  • Shan, Hu-Sheng (The Center of Radiation Oncology, the 82th Hospital of People's Liberation Army of China) ;
  • Wang, Zheng-Jun (The Center of Radiation Oncology, the 82th Hospital of People's Liberation Army of China)
  • Published : 2015.10.06


Tyrosine phosphorylation plays an important role in regulating human physiological and pathological processes. Functional stabilization of tyrosine phosphorylation largely contributes to the balanced, coordinated regulation of protein tyrosine kinases (PTKs) and protein tyrosine phosphatases (PTPs). Research has revealed PTPs play an important suppressive role in carcinogenesis and progression by reversing oncoprotein functions. Receptor-type protein tyrosine phosphatase O (PTPRO) as one member of the PTPs family has also been identified to have some roles in tumor development. Some reports have shown PTPRO over-expression in tumors can not only inhibit the frequency of tumor cell division and induce tumor cell death, but also suppress migration. However, the tumor-suppression mechanisms are very complex and understanding is incomplete, which in some degree blocks the further development of PTPRO. Hence, in order to resolve this problem, we here have summarized research findings to draw meaningful conclusions. We found tumor-suppression mechanisms of PTPRO to be diverse, such as controlling G0/G1 of the tumor cell proliferation cycle, inhibiting substrate phosphorylation, down-regulating transcription activators and other activities. In clinical anticancer efforts, expression level of PTPRO in tumors can not only serve as a biomarker to monitor the prognosis of patients, but act as an epigenetic biomarker for noninvasive diagnosis. In addition, the re-activation of PTPRO in tumor tissues, not only can induce tumor volume reduction, but also enhance the susceptibility to chemotherapy drugs. So, we can propose that these research findings of PTPRO will not only support new study ideas and directions for other tumor-suppressors, importantly, but also supply a theoretical basis for researching new molecular targeting agents in the future.


PTPRO;tumor suppressor;mechanism prognostic factor;anticancer therapy


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