Jumonji domain-containing protein 6 (JMJD6) is a non-heme Fe(II) 2-oxoglutarate (2OG)-dependent oxygenase with arginine demethylase and lysyl hydroxylase activities. Its initial discovery as a dispensable phosphatidylserine receptor (PSR) in the cell membrane of macrophages for phagocytosis was squashed by newer studies which revealed its nuclear localization and bifunctional enzymatic activity. Though its interaction with several nuclear and cytoplasmic target proteins has been demonstrated, the exact mechanisms and clinical significance of these various biologic interplays are not yet well established. Recent investigations have shed the light on the multiple pathways by which JMJD6 can regulate cell proliferation and cause tumorigenesis. Clinically, JMJD6 has been associated with more aggressive and metastatic disease, poorer prognosis, and lower overall survival rates—particularly in lung colon and oral cancers. JMJD6 is a novel biomarker for predicting future disease outcomes and is a target for new therapeutic treatments in future studies. Aberrant expression and dysregulation of JMJD6 are implicated in various other processes such as impaired T-cell proliferation and maturation, inoculation, and virulence of foot-and-mouth disease virus (FMDV), and impaired methylation of innate immunity factor. This article reviews the association of JMJD6 with various pathological processes—particularly, its role in tumorigenesis and virological interactions.
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