Papillomavirus binding factor (PBF) is an intrinsically disordered protein with potential participation in osteosarcoma genesis, in silico evidence

Paola Castillo, Abraham F Cetina, Alfonso Méndez-Tenorio, Lennane Michel Espinoza-Fonseca, Blanca L. Barrón

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Background: Papillomavirus binding factor (PBF) or zinc finger protein 395 is a transcription factor associated to a poor prognosis in patients with osteosarcoma, an aggressive bone cancer that predominantly affects adolescents. To investigate the role of the PBF protein in the osteosarcoma genesis, in this paper we present the bioinformatics analysis of physicochemical properties of PBF and its probable interactions with several key cellular targets. Results: The physicochemical characteristics determined to PBF, disorder-promoting amino acids, flexibility, hydrophobicity, prediction of secondary and tertiary structures and probability to be crystallized, supported that this protein can be considered as an intrinsically disordered protein (IDP), with a zinc finger-like domain. The in silico analysis to find out PBF interactions with cellular factors, confirmed the experimentally demonstrated interaction of PBF with two key cellular proteins involved in regulation of cellular apoptosis, 14-3-3β and Scythe/BAT3 proteins. Furthermore, other interactions were found with proteins like HDAC1 and TPR which are known to be deregulated in several cancers. Experimental confirmation of specific interactions will contribute to understand the osteosarcoma process and might lead to the identification of new targets for diagnosis and treatments. Conclusions: According to the in silico PBF analyses, this protein can be considered as an IDP capable to bind several key cellular factors, and these interactions might play an important role in the osteosarcoma process.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number51
JournalTheoretical Biology and Medical Modelling
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2014

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This work was supported by Secretaria de Investigación y Posgrado del Intituto Politécnico Nacional, SIP, IPN 20131107, 20141010. PC had a fellowship from CONACyT, México.

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© 2014 Castillo et al.


  • Intrinsically disordered proteins (IDP)
  • Osteosarcoma
  • Transcription factor
  • Zinc finger protein 395


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