Encyclopedia of Signaling Molecules

2018 Edition
| Editors: Sangdun Choi

ZEB1 (Zinc Finger E-Box Binding Homeobox 1)

  • Eva De SmedtEmail author
  • Kenneth Bruneel
  • Bieke Soen
  • Özden Akay
  • Niels Vandamme
  • Geert Berx
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-67199-4_101943


Danio rerio:  Kheper

Drosophila melanogaster:  Zfh-1

Gallus gallus domesticus:  δEF1

Homo sapiens:  NIL-2-A;  AREB6;  ZEB;  TCF-8

Mesocricetus auratus:  BZP

Mus musculus:  ZFHX1A

Rattus norvegicus:  MEB1;  ZFHEP

Xenopus laevis:  XdEF1

Historical Background

Zinc finger E-box binding homeobox 1 (ZEB1) is a zinc finger and homeodomain transcription factor playing a key role in epithelial-to-mesenchymal transition (EMT) during embryogenesis by controlling cell behavior and cell adhesion. ZEB1 has also been extensively studied in the context of tumor progression as many cancer types reactivate embryonic EMT programs to promote metastasis. Besides EMT-related programs in embryonic and pathological contexts, ZEB1 plays a key role during differentiation of a wide variety of cell types. ZEB1 was first reported in 1991 as δEF1, a transcriptional repressor of the δ1-crystalline enhancer in chicken during lens development (Funahashi et al. 1991). Independently, ZEB1 was described as...

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Eva De Smedt
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
    Email author
  • Kenneth Bruneel
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
  • Bieke Soen
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
  • Özden Akay
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
  • Niels Vandamme
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
  • Geert Berx
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
  1. 1.Molecular and Cellular Oncology Lab, Inflammation Research CenterVIBGhentBelgium
  2. 2.Department for Biomedical Molecular BiologyGhent UniversityGhentBelgium
  3. 3.Cancer Research Institute Ghent (CRIG)GhentBelgium