RRM2B: An oxygen-requiring protein with a role in hypoxia.
Foskolou IP., Hammond EM.
How tumor cells adapt and survive under hypoxia significantly impacts patient prognosis. We recently demonstrated that the oxygen-requiring ribonucleotide reductase (RNR) enzyme, which provides cells with deoxyribonucleotides, responds to limited oxygen availability by switching small subunits from RRM2 to RRM2B. This property of RNR is essential for hypoxic cell viability and therefore contributes to the most aggressive and therapy-resistant fraction of tumors.