UTX Mutations in Human Cancer

Lu Wang, Ali Shilatifard*

*Corresponding author for this work

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Ubiquitously transcribed tetratricopeptide repeat on chromosome X (UTX, encoded by KDM6A) is a histone demethylase that targets di- and tri-methylated histone H3 lysine 27 (H3K27). UTX function has been linked to homeotic gene expression, embryonic development, and cellular reprogramming. UTX and its protein interactors within the COMPASS family, including the MLL3 and MLL4 lysine methyltransferases, are frequently mutated in multiple human cancers; however, the molecular basis of how these mutations contribute to oncogenesis remains unclear. Here, we discuss catalytic-dependent and -independent functions of UTX and its partners MLL3 and MLL4 as part of the COMPASS family during development and in oncogenesis.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)168-176
Number of pages9
JournalCancer Cell
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 11 2019


  • UTX
  • cancer
  • chromatin
  • gene expression
  • transcription

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • Cell Biology
  • Cancer Research


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