Gene Summary

Gene:CD151; CD151 molecule (Raph blood group)
Aliases: GP27, MER2, RAPH, SFA1, PETA-3, TSPAN24
Summary:The protein encoded by this gene is a member of the transmembrane 4 superfamily, also known as the tetraspanin family. Most of these members are cell-surface proteins that are characterized by the presence of four hydrophobic domains. The proteins mediate signal transduction events that play a role in the regulation of cell development, activation, growth and motility. This encoded protein is a cell surface glycoprotein that is known to complex with integrins and other transmembrane 4 superfamily proteins. It is involved in cellular processes including cell adhesion and may regulate integrin trafficking and/or function. This protein enhances cell motility, invasion and metastasis of cancer cells. Multiple alternatively spliced transcript variants that encode the same protein have been described for this gene. [provided by RefSeq, Jul 2008]
Databases:VEGA, OMIM, HGNC, Ensembl, GeneCard, Gene
Protein:CD151 antigen
Source:NCBIAccessed: 09 March, 2017


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Latest Publications: CD151 (cancer-related)

Tilghman J, Schiapparelli P, Lal B, et al.
Regulation of Glioblastoma Tumor-Propagating Cells by the Integrin Partner Tetraspanin CD151.
Neoplasia. 2016; 18(3):185-98 [PubMed] Free Access to Full Article Related Publications
Glioblastoma (GBM) stem cells (GSCs) represent tumor-propagating cells with stem-like characteristics (stemness) that contribute disproportionately to GBM drug resistance and tumor recurrence. Understanding the mechanisms supporting GSC stemness is important for developing therapeutic strategies for targeting GSC-dependent oncogenic mechanisms. Using GBM-derived neurospheres, we identified the cell surface tetraspanin family member CD151 as a novel regulator of glioma cell stemness, GSC self-renewal capacity, migration, and tumor growth. CD151 was found to be overexpressed in GBM tumors and GBM neurospheres enriched in GSCs. Silencing CD151 inhibited neurosphere forming capacity, neurosphere cell proliferation, and migration and attenuated the expression of markers and transcriptional drivers of the GSC phenotype. Conversely, forced CD151 expression promoted neurosphere self-renewal, cell migration, and expression of stemness-associated transcription factors. CD151 was found to complex with integrins α3, α6, and β1 in neurosphere cells, and blocking CD151 interactions with integrins α3 and α6 inhibited AKT phosphorylation, a downstream effector of integrin signaling, and impaired sphere formation and neurosphere cell migration. Additionally, targeting CD151 in vivo inhibited the growth of GBM neurosphere-derived xenografts. These findings identify CD151 and its interactions with integrins α3 and α6 as potential therapeutic targets for inhibiting stemness-driving mechanisms and stem cell populations in GBM.

Zhang Z, Wang F, Li Q, et al.
CD151 knockdown inhibits osteosarcoma metastasis through the GSK-3β/β-catenin/MMP9 pathway.
Oncol Rep. 2016; 35(3):1764-70 [PubMed] Related Publications
Osteosarcoma (OS) is a primary bone malignancy with a high early metastatic propensity. It is crucial to find specific protein targets to develop therapeutic strategies against this lethal disease. Tetraspanin CD151 is involved in facilitating tumor metastasis. However, the role and molecular mechanism of CD151 in promoting OS metastasis remain enigmatic. In the present study, we used small interfering RNA (siRNA) to inhibit CD151 expression in highly metastatic OS cells and the results demonstrated that CD151 knockdown inhibited their migration, invasion and metastasis. We further investigated the molecular mechanism of CD151 by inhibiting genes known to be involved in metastasis in OS cells and found that CD151 modulated matrix metalloproteinase 9 (MMP9) expression through the glycogen synthase kinase 3 (GSK-3β)/β-catenin signaling pathway. We conclude that CD151 knockdown inhibits the expression of MMP9 through the GSK-3β/β‑catenin pathway and also inhibits OS migration and invasion in vitro and metastasis in vivo in highly metastatic OS. This suggests that CD151 may be a useful antimetastatic target for OS.

Liu T, wang S, Wang L, et al.
Targeting CD151 by lentivirus-mediated RNA interference inhibits luminal and basal-like breast cancer cell growth and invasion.
Mol Cell Biochem. 2015; 407(1-2):111-21 [PubMed] Related Publications
CD151 is a member of the tetraspanin family, which is involved in diverse cellular processes, including proliferation, motility, and invasion. However, the role of CD151 in breast cancer especially luminal and basal-like subtype breast cancer remains obscure. Here, we report the role of CD151 in the biological behaviors of luminal and basal-like subtype cell lines and the underlying molecular mechanism. A eukaryotic expression vector expressing both CD151 shRNA and GFP was transfected into MCF-7 and MDA-MB-468 cells. The CD151 gene-silencing effect is authenticated by real-time PCR and Western blot. Our data show that the capacity for proliferation, migration, and invasion of two kinds of cells is diminished after Knockdown of CD151 via lentivirus-mediated CD151 specific shRNA. Tumor cells are arrested in G0/G1 phase. Apoptosis is increased. Moreover, we also demonstrate that the expressions of mmp26 and CD147 are inhibited by knockdown of CD151. But the inhibition depends on the cell type. We can conclude that silencing gene CD151 inhibits expression of properties that are associated with the malignant phenotype of MCF-7 and MDA-MB-468 cells. It may become a potential target in breast cancer therapy especially for luminal and basal subtypes.

Li P, Zeng H, Qin J, et al.
Effects of tetraspanin CD151 inhibition on A549 human lung adenocarcinoma cells.
Mol Med Rep. 2015; 11(2):1258-65 [PubMed] Related Publications
Tetraspanin protein CD151 is overexpressed in a wide variety of cancer types, including lung cancer, and is closely associated with metastasis and poor prognosis of carcinoma. To investigate whether knockdown of CD151 expression can inhibit the malignant biological behavior of lung adenocarcinoma (LAC), RNA interference technology (RNAi) was used to silence CD151 expression in the A549 LAC cell line. Specific small interfering RNA (siRNA) for targeting human endogenous CD151 were delivered into A549 cells in order to examine the effects on cell proliferation, survival, migration, invasion and colony formation. The expression levels of CD151 were assayed by western blotting, proliferation was evaluated by MTT method and apoptosis was determined by flow cytometry. The invasive and metastatic ability of A549 cells was investigated by wound healing and Boyden chamber assays. Colony formation analysis was used to determine the A549 cell growth properties. Finally, the expression of phosphorylated FAK, PI3K‑AKT, MEK‑Erk1/2, MMPs, and VEGF was detected by western blotting. The results demonstrated that CD151‑siRNA significantly decreased the expression level of CD151 in A549 cells. Reduced CD151 expression in A549 cells lead to the inhibition of cellular proliferation, migration, invasion and colony formation and an enhancement of apoptosis. Furthermore, the expression of tumor development‑related proteins, including FAK, PI3K‑AKT, MEK‑ERK1/2MAPK as well as the expression of MMP9 and VEGF, were restrained. Taken together, the present study has shown that CD151 expression is essential for LAC progression. Thus, knockdown CD151 expression by targeted siRNA could inhibit the related downstream intercellular signaling pathways, and this may provide a novel gene therapy for patients with LAC.

Schimmer BP, Cordova M
Corticotropin (ACTH) regulates alternative RNA splicing in Y1 mouse adrenocortical tumor cells.
Mol Cell Endocrinol. 2015; 408:5-11 [PubMed] Related Publications
The stimulatory effect of ACTH on gene expression is well documented and is thought to be a major mechanism by which ACTH maintains the functional and structural integrity of the gland. Previously, we showed that ACTH regulates the accumulation of over 1200 transcripts in Y1 adrenal cells, including a cluster with functions in alternative splicing of RNA. On this basis, we postulated that some of the effects of ACTH on the transcription landscape of Y1 cells are mediated by alternative splicing. In this study, we demonstrate that ACTH regulates the alternative splicing of four transcripts - Gnas, Cd151, Dab2 and Tia1. Inasmuch as alternative splicing potentially affects transcripts from more than two-thirds of the mouse genome, we suggest that these findings are representative of a genome-wide effect of ACTH that impacts on the mRNA and protein composition of the adrenal cortex.

Zhai R, Kan X, Wang B, et al.
miR-152 suppresses gastric cancer cell proliferation and motility by targeting CD151.
Tumour Biol. 2014; 35(11):11367-73 [PubMed] Related Publications
We aimed to study the post-translational regulation of CD151 by the microRNA miR-152. CD151 is highly expressed in gastric cancer (GC) and has been shown to accelerate GC by enhancing invasion and metastasis; however, its regulation is still unclear. Our results showed decreased expression of miR-152 in GC tissue samples and cell lines. In addition, miR-152 complementation significantly inhibits both the proliferation and motility of GC cells. CD151 was found to be a target of miR-152, and overexpression of CD151 attenuated the suppressive effect of miR-152. Our findings highlight an essential role of miR-152 in the regulation of proliferation and motility of GC cells and suggest a potential application of miR-152 in GC treatment.

Wang X, Yu H, Lu X, et al.
MiR-22 suppresses the proliferation and invasion of gastric cancer cells by inhibiting CD151.
Biochem Biophys Res Commun. 2014; 445(1):175-9 [PubMed] Related Publications
Gastric cancer (GC) is the second common cause of cancer-related death worldwide. microRNAs (miRNAs) play important roles in the carcinogenesis of GC. Here, we found that miR-22 was significantly decreased in GC tissue samples and cell lines. Ectopic overexpression of miR-22 remarkably suppressed cell proliferation and colony formation of GC cells. Moreover, overexpression of miR-22 significantly suppressed migration and invasion of GC cells. CD151 was found to be a target of miR-22. Furthermore, overexpression of CD151 significantly attenuated the tumor suppressive effect of miR-22. Taken together, miR-22 might suppress GC cells growth and motility partially by inhibiting CD151.

Teicher BA
Targets in small cell lung cancer.
Biochem Pharmacol. 2014; 87(2):211-9 [PubMed] Related Publications
Recurrent small cell lung cancer is a recalcitrant malgnancy. The application of genomic technologies has begun to elucidate the large number of genetic abnormalities in SCLC. Several cell surface receptors are known to be overexpressed by SCLC in clinic specimens and cell in culture including GPCRs such as the bradykinin receptor, the chemokine receptor CXCR4, the vasopression receeptor and the three bomebsin receptors. The glucose transporter GLUT1, the tetraspanin family member PETA/CD151 and the immunoglobulin superfamily member ALCAM/CD166 are also overexpressed by SCLC. NCAM/CD56 is overexpressed by nearly all SCLC and is currently the target for an antibody drug conjugate in Phase II trial. Although SCLC is not considered a RTK driven disease, IGF1R and FGFRs are often overexpressed by SCLC. SCLC abberantly expresses several developmental transcription factors including ASCL1, SOX2, 4, and 11, OCT4, NANOG, PAX5; however, overexpression of MYC may be a driver in SCLC. Like other cancers, SCLC expresses survival factors and uses aerobic glycolysis as a major source of ATP. The drawback of many potential targets overexpressed by SCLC is expression of the same proteins by normal tissues. We are slowly learning more about the molecular abnormalities that occur in SCLC; however, therapeutic impact from new findings remains a goal to work toward.

Han ZB, Yang Z, Chi Y, et al.
MicroRNA-124 suppresses breast cancer cell growth and motility by targeting CD151.
Cell Physiol Biochem. 2013; 31(6):823-32 [PubMed] Related Publications
BACKGROUND: CD151 is highly expressed in breast cancer cells and has been shown to accelerate breast cancer by enhancing cell growth and motility, but its regulation is poorly understood. To explore post-translation regulation of CD151, for example microRNAs, will be of great importance to claim the mechanism.
METHODS: A luciferase reporter assay was used to determine whether CD151 was a target of miR-124. The levels of CD151 mRNA were detected by real-time PCR and CD151 protein expression was measured by western blot and flow cytometry. The effects of miR-124 expression on growth, apoptosis, cell cycle and motility of breast cancer cells were determined.
RESULTS: We discovered that miR-124 directly targets the 3' untranslated region (3'-UTR) of CD151 mRNAs and suppresses its mRNA expression and protein translation. Both siRNA of CD151 and miR-124 mimics could significantly inhibit proliferation of breast cancer cell lines via cell cycle arrest but does not induce apoptosis. Meanwhile, miR-124 mimics significantly inhibited the motility of breast cancer cells.
CONCLUSION: miR-124 plays a critical role in inhibiting the invasive and metastatic potential of breast cancer cells, probably by directly targeting the CD151 genes. Our findings highlight an important role of miR-124 in the regulation of invasion and metastasis by breast cancer cells and suggest a potential application for miR-124 in breast cancer treatment.

Fernandez SV, Robertson FM, Pei J, et al.
Inflammatory breast cancer (IBC): clues for targeted therapies.
Breast Cancer Res Treat. 2013; 140(1):23-33 [PubMed] Free Access to Full Article Related Publications
Inflammatory breast cancer (IBC) is the most aggressive type of advanced breast cancer characterized by rapid proliferation, early metastatic development and poor prognosis. Since there are few preclinical models of IBC, there is a general lack of understanding of the complexity of the disease. Recently, we have developed a new model of IBC derived from the pleural effusion of a woman with metastatic secondary IBC. FC-IBC02 cells are triple negative and form clusters (mammospheres) in suspension that are strongly positive for E-cadherin, β-catenin and TSPAN24, all adhesion molecules that play an important role in cell migration and invasion. FC-IBC02 cells expressed stem cell markers and some, but not all of the characteristics of cells undergoing epithelial mesenchymal transition (EMT). Breast tumor FC-IBC02 xenografts developed quickly in SCID mice with the presence of tumor emboli and the development of lymph node and lung metastases. Remarkably, FC-IBC02 cells were able to produce brain metastasis in mice on intracardiac or intraperitoneal injections. Genomic studies of FC-IBC02 and other IBC cell lines showed that IBC cells had important amplification of 8q24 where MYC, ATAD2 and the focal adhesion kinase FAK1 are located. MYC and ATAD2 showed between 2.5 and 7 copies in IBC cells. FAK1, which plays important roles in anoikis resistance and tumor metastasis, showed 6-4 copies in IBC cells. Also, CD44 was amplified in triple-negative IBC cells (10-3 copies). Additionally, FC-IBC02 showed amplification of ALK and NOTCH3. These results indicate that MYC, ATAD2, CD44, NOTCH3, ALK and/or FAK1 may be used as potential targeted therapies against IBC.

Arora H, Qureshi R, Park WY
miR-506 regulates epithelial mesenchymal transition in breast cancer cell lines.
PLoS One. 2013; 8(5):e64273 [PubMed] Free Access to Full Article Related Publications
Epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT) is an important parameter related to breast cancer survival. Among several microRNAs predicted to target EMT-related genes, miR-506 is a novel miRNA found to be significantly related to breast cancer patient survival in a meta-analysis. miR-506 suppressed the expression of mesenchymal genes such as Vimentin, Snai2, and CD151 in MDA-MB-231 human breast cancer cell line. Moreover, NF-κB bound to the upstream promoter region of miR-506 to suppress transcription. Overexpression of miR-506 inhibited TGFβ-induced EMT and suppressed adhesion, invasion, and migration of MDA-MB-231 cells. From these results, we concluded that miR-506 plays a key role in the process of EMT through posttranslational control of EMT-related genes.

Gustafson-Wagner E, Stipp CS
The CD9/CD81 tetraspanin complex and tetraspanin CD151 regulate α3β1 integrin-dependent tumor cell behaviors by overlapping but distinct mechanisms.
PLoS One. 2013; 8(4):e61834 [PubMed] Free Access to Full Article Related Publications
Integrin α3β1 potently promotes cell motility on its ligands, laminin-332 and laminin-511, and this may help to explain why α3β1 has repeatedly been linked to breast carcinoma progression and metastasis. The pro-migratory functions of α3β1 depend strongly on lateral interactions with cell surface tetraspanin proteins. Tetraspanin CD151 interacts directly with the α3 integrin subunit and links α3β1 integrin to other tetraspanins, including CD9 and CD81. Loss of CD151 disrupts α3β1 association with other tetraspanins and impairs α3β1-dependent motility. However, the extent to which tetraspanins other than CD151 are required for specific α3β1 functions is unclear. To begin to clarify which aspects of α3β1 function require which tetraspanins, we created breast carcinoma cells depleted of both CD9 and CD81 by RNA interference. Silencing both of these closely related tetraspanins was required to uncover their contributions to α3β1 function. We then directly compared our CD9/CD81-silenced cells to CD151-silenced cells. Both CD9/CD81-silenced cells and CD151-silenced cells showed delayed α3β1-dependent cell spreading on laminin-332. Surprisingly, however, once fully spread, CD9/CD81-silenced cells, but not CD151-silenced cells, displayed impaired α3β1-dependent directed motility and altered front-rear cell morphology. Also unexpectedly, the CD9/CD81 complex, but not CD151, was required to promote α3β1 association with PKCα in breast carcinoma cells, and a PKC inhibitor mimicked aspects of the CD9/CD81-silenced cell motility defect. Our data reveal overlapping, but surprisingly distinct contributions of specific tetraspanins to α3β1 integrin function. Importantly, some of CD9/CD81's α3β1 regulatory functions may not require CD9/CD81 to be physically linked to α3β1 by CD151.

Copeland BT, Bowman MJ, Ashman LK
Genetic ablation of the tetraspanin CD151 reduces spontaneous metastatic spread of prostate cancer in the TRAMP model.
Mol Cancer Res. 2013; 11(1):95-105 [PubMed] Related Publications
Tetraspanins are integral membrane proteins that associate with motility-related molecules such as integrins. Experimental studies have indicated that they may be important regulators of tumor invasion and metastasis, and high expression of the tetraspanin CD151 has been linked to poor prognosis in a number of cancers. Here, we show for the first time that genetic ablation of CD151 inhibits spontaneous metastasis in a transgenic mouse model of de novo tumorigenesis. To evaluate the effects of CD151 on de novo prostate cancer initiation and metastasis, a Cd151(-/-) (KO) murine model was crossed with the Transgenic Adenocarcinoma of Mouse Prostate (TRAMP) model. Mice were analyzed for initiation of prostate tumor by palpation and primary tumors were analyzed by immunohistochemistry. Liver and lungs were examined for incidence and size of spontaneous metastatic lesions by histopathology. Knocking-out Cd151 had no significant effect on prostate cancer initiation or on expression of markers of proliferation, apoptosis, or angiogenesis in primary tumors. However, it did significantly decrease metastasis in a site-specific fashion, notably to the lungs but not the liver. Thus, CD151 acts principally as promoter of metastasis in this model. Prostate cancer is the second highest cause of cancer-related deaths in men in most Western countries, with the majority of deaths attributed to late-stage metastatic disease. CD151 may prove to be a valuable prognostic marker for treatment stratification and is a possible antimetastatic target.

Deng X, Li Q, Hoff J, et al.
Integrin-associated CD151 drives ErbB2-evoked mammary tumor onset and metastasis.
Neoplasia. 2012; 14(8):678-89 [PubMed] Free Access to Full Article Related Publications
ErbB2+ human breast cancer is a major clinical problem. Prior results have suggested that tetraspanin CD151 might contribute to ErbB2-driven breast cancer growth, survival, and metastasis. In other cancer types, CD151 sometimes supports tumor growth and metastasis. However, a definitive test of CD151 effects on de novo breast cancer initiation, growth, and metastasis has not previously been done. We used CD151 gene-deleted mice expressing the MMTV-ErbB2 transgene to show that CD151 strongly supports ErbB2+ mammary tumor initiation and metastasis. Delayed tumor onset (by 70-100 days) in the absence of CD151 was accompanied by reduced survival of mammary epithelial cells and impaired activation of FAK- and MAPK-dependent pathways. Both primary tumors and metastatic nodules showed smooth, regular borders, consistent with a less invasive phenotype. Furthermore, consistent with impaired oncogenesis and decreased metastasis, CD151-targeted MCF-10A/ErbB2 cells showed substantial decreases in three-dimensional colony formation, EGF-stimulated tumor cell motility, invasion, and transendothelial migration. These CD151-dependent functions were largely mediated through α6β4 integrin. Moreover, CD151 ablation substantially prevented PKC- and EGFR/ERK-dependent α6β4 integrin phosphorylation, consistent with retention of epithelial cell polarity and intermediate filament cytoskeletal connections, which helps to explain diminished metastasis. Finally, clinical data analyses revealed a strong correlation between CD151 and ErbB2 expression and metastasis-free survival of breast cancer patients. In conclusion, we provide strong evidence that CD151 collaborates with LB integrins (particularly α6β4 and ErbB2 (and EGFR) receptors to regulate multiple signaling pathways, thereby driving mammary tumor onset, survival, and metastasis. Consequently, CD151 is a useful therapeutic target in malignant ErbB2+ breast cancer.

Lee D, Suh YL, Park TI, et al.
Prognostic significance of tetraspanin CD151 in newly diagnosed glioblastomas.
J Surg Oncol. 2013; 107(6):646-52 [PubMed] Related Publications
BACKGROUND: Tetraspanin CD151 is a positive effector of cancer invasion and metastasis.
METHODS: We investigated the expression of CD151 by immunohistochemistry in 211 cases of grade I to IV gliomas. Additionally, we performed O6-methylguanin-DNA methyltransferase (MGMT) methylation analysis using real-time methylation-specific PCR in 36 patients with glioblastoma, and the prognostic significance of these biomarkers in glioblastomas was evaluated.
RESULTS: Overexpression of CD151 was observed in a significant proportion (55.6%) of glioblastomas, while CD151 was rarely overexpressed in most of grade I to III glial tumors. CD151 overexpression was closely associated with MGMT methylation (P = 0.014), and it was a prognostic factor for predicting worse overall survival (OS; P = 0.002) and progression-free survival (PFS; P = 0.043). We also found that combination of CD151 overexpression and MGMT methylation better stratified the patients' OS (P = 0.001) and PFS (P = 0.009). In multivariate analysis, CD151 overexpression was an independent prognostic factor for predicting OS over MGMT methylation (P = 0.012).
CONCLUSIONS: CD151 seems to have a critical role for high-grade progression in astroglial tumors. Furthermore, CD151 is a good tissue marker that can be used easily in a daily practice for predicting worse prognosis in patients with glioblastoma.

Hong IK, Jeoung DI, Ha KS, et al.
Tetraspanin CD151 stimulates adhesion-dependent activation of Ras, Rac, and Cdc42 by facilitating molecular association between β1 integrins and small GTPases.
J Biol Chem. 2012; 287(38):32027-39 [PubMed] Free Access to Full Article Related Publications
Tetraspanin CD151 associates with laminin-binding α(3)β(1)/α(6)β(1) integrins in epithelial cells and regulates adhesion-dependent signaling events. We found here that CD151 plays a role in recruiting Ras, Rac1, and Cdc42, but not Rho, to the cell membrane region, leading to the formation of α(3)β(1)/α(6)β(1) integrin-CD151-GTPases complexes. Furthermore, cell adhesion to laminin enhanced CD151 association with β(1) integrin and, thereby, increased complex formation between the β(1) family of integrins and small GTPases, Ras, Rac1, and Cdc42. Adhesion receptor complex-associated small GTPases were activated by CD151-β(1) integrin complex-stimulating adhesion events, such as α(3)β(1)/α(6)β(1) integrin-activating cell-to-laminin adhesion and homophilic CD151 interaction-generating cell-to-cell adhesion. Additionally, FAK and Src appeared to participate in this adhesion-dependent activation of small GTPases. However, engagement of laminin-binding integrins in CD151-deficient cells or CD151-specific siRNA-transfected cells did not activate these GTPases to the level of cells expressing CD151. Small GTPases activated by engagement of CD151-β(1) integrin complexes contributed to CD151-induced cell motility and MMP-9 expression in human melanoma cells. Importantly, among the four tetraspanin proteins that associate with β(1) integrin, only CD151 exhibited the ability to facilitate complex formation between the β(1) family of integrins and small GTPases and stimulate β(1) integrin-dependent activation of small GTPases. These results suggest that CD151 links α(3)β(1)/α(6)β(1) integrins to Ras, Rac1, and Cdc42 by promoting the formation of multimolecular complexes in the membrane, which leads to the up-regulation of adhesion-dependent small GTPase activation.

Rao Malla R, Gopinath S, Alapati K, et al.
Knockdown of cathepsin B and uPAR inhibits CD151 and α3β1 integrin-mediated cell adhesion and invasion in glioma.
Mol Carcinog. 2013; 52(10):777-90 [PubMed] Free Access to Full Article Related Publications
Glioma is a highly complex brain tumor characterized by the dysregulation of proteins and genes that leads to tumor metastasis. Cathepsin B and uPAR are overexpressed in gliomas and they are postulated to play central roles in glioma metastasis. In this study, efficient downregulation of cathepsin B and uPAR by siRNA treatments significantly reduced glioma cell adhesion to laminin as compared to vitronectin, fibronectin, or collagen I in U251 and 4910 glioma cell lines. Brain glioma tissue array analysis showed high expression of CD151 in clinical samples when compared with normal brain tissue. Cathepsin B and uPAR siRNA treatment led to the downregulation of CD151 and laminin-binding integrins α3 and β1. Co-immunoprecipitation experiments revealed that downregulation of cathepsin B and uPAR decreased the interaction of CD151 with uPAR cathepsin B, and α3β1 integrin. Studies on the downstream signaling cascade of uPAR/CD151/α3β1 integrin have shown that phosphorylation of FAK, SRC, paxillin, and expression of adaptor cytoskeletal proteins talin and vinculin were reduced with knockdown of cathepsin B, uPAR, and CD151. Treatment with the bicistronic construct reduced interactions between uPAR and CD151 as well as lowering α3β1 integrin, talin, and vinculin expression levels in pre-established glioma tumors of nude mice. In conclusion, our results show that downregulation of cathepsin B and uPAR alone and in combination inhibit glioma cell adhesion by downregulating CD151 and its associated signaling molecules in vitro and in vivo. Taken together, the results of the present study show that targeting the uPAR-cathepsin B system has possible therapeutic potential.

Sandvig K, Llorente A
Proteomic analysis of microvesicles released by the human prostate cancer cell line PC-3.
Mol Cell Proteomics. 2012; 11(7):M111.012914 [PubMed] Free Access to Full Article Related Publications
Cancer biomarkers are invaluable tools for cancer detection, prognosis, and treatment. Recently, microvesicles have appeared as a novel source for cancer biomarkers. We present here the results from a proteomic analysis of microvesicles released to the extracellular environment by the metastatic prostate cancer cell line PC-3. Using nanocapillary liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry 266 proteins were identified with two or more peptide sequences. Further analysis showed that 16% of the proteins were classified as extracellular and that intracellular proteins were annotated in a variety of locations. Concerning biological processes, the proteins found in PC-3 cell-released microvesicles are mainly involved in transport, cell organization and biogenesis, metabolic process, response to stimulus, and regulation of biological processes. Several of the proteins identified (tetraspanins, annexins, Rab proteins, integrins, heat shock proteins, cytoskeletal proteins, 14-3-3 proteins) have previously been found in microvesicles isolated from other sources. However, some of the proteins seem to be more specific to the vesicular population released by the metastatic prostate cancer PC-3 cell line. Among these proteins are the tetraspanin protein CD151 and the glycoprotein CUB domain-containing protein 1. Interestingly, our results show these proteins are promising biomarkers for prostate cancer and therefore candidates for clinical validation studies in biological fluids.

Devbhandari RP, Shi GM, Ke AW, et al.
Profiling of the tetraspanin CD151 web and conspiracy of CD151/integrin β1 complex in the progression of hepatocellular carcinoma.
PLoS One. 2011; 6(9):e24901 [PubMed] Free Access to Full Article Related Publications
Tetraspanin CD151 has been implicated in metastasis through forming complexes with different molecular partners. In this study, we mapped tetraspanin web proteins centered on CD151, in order to explore the role of CD151 complexes in the progression of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). Immunoprecipitation was used to isolate tetraspanin complexes from HCCLM3 cells using a CD151 antibody, and associated proteins were identified by mass spectrometry. The interaction of CD151 and its molecular partners, and their roles in invasiveness and metastasis of HCC cells were assayed through disruption of the CD151 network. Finally, the clinical implication of CD151 complexes in HCC patients was also examined. In this study, we identified 58 proteins, characterized the tetraspanin CD151 web, and chose integrin β1 as a main partner to further investigate. When the CD151/integrin β1 complex in HCC cells was disrupted, migration, invasiveness, secretion of matrix metalloproteinase 9, and metastasis were markedly influenced. However, both CD151 and integrin β1 expression were untouched. HCC patients with high expression of CD151/integrin β1 complex had the poorest prognosis of the whole cohort of patients. Together, our data show that CD151 acts as an important player in the progression of HCC in an integrin β1-dependent manner.

Colin S, Guilmain W, Creoff E, et al.
A truncated form of CD9-partner 1 (CD9P-1), GS-168AT2, potently inhibits in vivo tumour-induced angiogenesis and tumour growth.
Br J Cancer. 2011; 105(7):1002-11 [PubMed] Free Access to Full Article Related Publications
BACKGROUND: Tetraspanins are transmembrane proteins known to contribute to angiogenesis. CD9 partner-1 (CD9P-1/EWI-F), a glycosylated type 1 transmembrane immunoglobulin, is a member of the tetraspanin web, but its role in angiogenesis remains to be elucidated.
METHODS: We measured the expression of CD9P-1 under angiogenic and angiostatic conditions, and the influence of its knockdown onto capillary structures formation by human endothelial cells (hECs). A truncated form of CDP-1, GS-168AT2, was produced and challenged vs hEC proliferation, migration and capillaries' formation. Its association with CD9P-1, CD9, CD81 and CD151 and the expressions of these later at hEC surface were analysed. Finally, its effects onto in vivo tumour-induced angiogenesis and tumour growth were investigated.
RESULTS: Vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF)-induced capillary tube-like formation was inhibited by tumour necrosis factor α and was associated with a rise in CD9P-1 mRNA expression (P<0.05); accordingly, knockdown of CD9P-1 inhibited VEGF-dependent in vitro angiogenesis. GS-168AT2 dose-dependently inhibited in vitro angiogenesis, hEC migration and proliferation (P<0.05). Co-precipitation experiments suggest that GS-168AT2 corresponds to the sequence by which CD9P-1 physiologically associates with CD81. GS-168AT2 induced the depletion of CD151, CD9 and CD9P-1 from hEC surface, correlating with GS-168AT2 degradation. Finally, in vivo injections of GS-168AT2 inhibited tumour-associated angiogenesis by 53.4±9.5% (P=0.03), and reduced tumour growth of Calu 6 tumour xenografts by 73.9±16.4% (P=0.007) without bodyweight loss.
CONCLUSION: The truncated form of CD9P-1, GS-168AT2, potently inhibits angiogenesis and cell migration by at least the downregulation of CD151 and CD9, which provides the first evidences for the central role of CD9P-1 in tumour-associated angiogenesis and tumour growth.

Sanjmyatav J, Steiner T, Wunderlich H, et al.
A specific gene expression signature characterizes metastatic potential in clear cell renal cell carcinoma.
J Urol. 2011; 186(1):289-94 [PubMed] Related Publications
PURPOSE: The discovery of metastasis markers in clear cell renal cell carcinoma is of critical importance to define individual metastatic risk and select patients for new targeted therapies. We identified potential biomarkers for metastatic clear cell renal cell carcinoma by gene expression analysis.
MATERIALS AND METHODS: We performed transcriptional profiling of 16 primary metastatic and 18 nonmetastatic clear cell renal cell carcinomas with PIQOR™ microarrays. Differentially expressed genes were validated by quantitative real-time polymerase chain reaction.
RESULTS: Genes discriminating between metastatic and nonmetastatic tumors were identified at q <0.001 by significance analysis of microarrays. The metastatic signature contained 127 transcripts. In metastatic samples a greater than 4-fold decrease in expression was detected for the genes CD151 and IKBA (t/F statistic p <0.0001) while the genes MMP16, B7-H1, BCL2L2 and FRA2 showed greater than 4-fold increase of expression in metastatic primary tumors (p <0.0001). Quantitative real-time polymerase chain reaction revealed significant differences in expression among all metastatic tumors, including synchronously and metachronously metastasized tumors, and nonmetastatic tumors for FRA2 (p = 0.032) and CD151 (p = 0.005). In addition, the genes B7-H1 (p = 0.040), FRA2 (p = 0.035), CD151 (p = 0.004) and BCL2L2 (p = 0.035) showed significantly higher expression in early metastasized than in nonmetastatic tumor samples. Different B7-H1 (p = 0.002) and BCL2L2 (p = 0.007) expression levels were found in samples with late metastasis compared to those in synchronously metastasized tumors.
CONCLUSIONS: We determined a metastatic signature of clear cell renal cell carcinoma by microarray analysis. Our data provide the possibility of defining the metastatic potential of primary clear cell renal cell carcinoma based on a select number of genes even in a localized situation.

Ke AW, Shi GM, Zhou J, et al.
CD151 amplifies signaling by integrin α6β1 to PI3K and induces the epithelial-mesenchymal transition in HCC cells.
Gastroenterology. 2011; 140(5):1629-41.e15 [PubMed] Related Publications
BACKGROUND & AIMS: Overexpression of CD151 is associated with poor prognosis for hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), yet its role in pathogenesis is not known.
METHODS: We analyzed the expression of the integrin subunit α6 by quantitative, real-time polymerase chain reaction and immunoblot analyses of 120 HCC tissue samples; its clinical significance was investigated using tissue microarray (TMAs) analysis of samples from 335 patients with HCC. Immunoprecipitation was used to assess the relationship between α6 and CD151. The molecular effects of high expression levels of α6 and CD151 in HCC cells were determined using RNA interference and pharmacologic approaches.
RESULTS: Overexpression of α6 correlated with poor prognosis of patients with HCC; α6 formed a complex with endogenous CD151 in HCC cells. In cells that expressed high levels of α6 and CD151, laminin-5 promoted cell spreading by inducing the epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT); this effect was not observed in cells that expressed high levels of only α6 or CD151. Cells that expressed high levels of α6 and CD151 underwent the EMT in response to laminin-5, through hyperactivation of phosphatidylinositol-3-kinase (PI3K), primarily induced via the PI3K-protein kinase B (Akt)-Snail-phosphatase and tensin homolog feedback pathway. The EMT was reversed by PI3K inhibitors and antibodies against CD151 or α6 in vitro, and was delayed by specific interference with CD151 and α6 in vivo.
CONCLUSIONS: High expression levels of CD151 and α6 promote invasiveness of HCC cells. Either of these proteins, or PI3K signaling, might be targets for therapeutics for subgroups of patients with HCC.

Ang J, Fang BL, Ashman LK, Frauman AG
The migration and invasion of human prostate cancer cell lines involves CD151 expression.
Oncol Rep. 2010; 24(6):1593-7 [PubMed] Related Publications
The molecular mechanisms underlying prostate cancer metastasis remain poorly understood. The tetraspanin family member CD151 has been reported as an 'adaptor' between integrins and signal pathways. The role of CD151 in prostate cancer metastasis in vitro was investigated in this study. LNCap cells were transfected with wild-type CD151 cDNA, mutated CD151 cDNA and vector cDNA. The mutant (QRD194-196 to INF) CD151 cDNA was created using QuickChange 2 site directed Mutagenesis kit (Stratagene). siRNAs were also used to knock down the CD151 expression in the prostate cancer cell line PC3. Proliferation, migration and invasion properties were measured after gene transfection and gene knock-down. There was no difference in proliferation of untransfected or control transfected LNCap cells vs. CD151 transfected LNCap cells (P>0.05). There was greater motility of CD151-transfected vs. control cells, when transferring through migration chambers with or without matrigel-coated membranes (P<0.01, P<0.01). Fewer numbers of mutant-transfected cells were found on the membranes for both migration and invasion studies (P<0.01, P<0.01). CD151 knock-down PC3 cells showed decreased motility (P<0.01), but no change in proliferation (P>0.05). Our data show that CD151 does not change the proliferative properties of prostate cancer cells, but does promote migration and invasion, and suggest that CD151 plays a specific role in promoting prostate cancer cell motility.

Franco M, Muratori C, Corso S, et al.
The tetraspanin CD151 is required for Met-dependent signaling and tumor cell growth.
J Biol Chem. 2010; 285(50):38756-64 [PubMed] Free Access to Full Article Related Publications
CD151, a transmembrane protein of the tetraspanin family, is implicated in the regulation of cell-substrate adhesion and cell migration through physical and functional interactions with integrin receptors. In contrast, little is known about the potential role of CD151 in controlling cell proliferation and survival. We have previously shown that β4 integrin, a major CD151 partner, not only acts as an adhesive receptor for laminins but also as an intracellular signaling platform promoting cell proliferation and invasive growth upon interaction with Met, the tyrosine kinase receptor for hepatocyte growth factor (HGF). Here we show that RNAi-mediated silencing of CD151 expression in cancer cells impairs HGF-driven proliferation, anchorage-independent growth, protection from anoikis, and tumor progression in xenograft models in vivo. Mechanistically, we found that CD151 is crucially implicated in the formation of signaling complexes between Met and β4 integrin, a known amplifier of HGF-induced tumor cell growth and survival. CD151 depletion hampered HGF-induced phosphorylation of β4 integrin and the ensuing Grb2-Gab1 association, a signaling pathway leading to MAPK stimulation and cell growth. Accordingly, CD151 knockdown reduced HGF-triggered activation of MAPK but not AKT signaling cascade. These results indicate that CD151 controls Met-dependent neoplastic growth by enhancing receptor signaling through β4 integrin-mediated pathways, independent of cell-substrate adhesion.

Zhu GH, Huang C, Qiu ZJ, et al.
Expression and prognostic significance of CD151, c-Met, and integrin alpha3/alpha6 in pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma.
Dig Dis Sci. 2011; 56(4):1090-8 [PubMed] Related Publications
BACKGROUND: CD151, c-Met, and integrin alpha3/alpha6 are all involved in the hepatocyte growth factor (HGF)/c-Met signal pathway, which plays an important role in the malignant progression of tumors.
AIMS: The purpose of this study was to explore the expression and prognostic significance of these proteins in pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDAC).
METHODS: We used immunohistochemical methods to investigate the expression patterns of CD151, c-Met, and integrin alpha3/alpha6proteins in 71 patients with PDAC and in ten samples of normal pancreatic tissue. We also assessed correlations between these proteins and clinicopathological parameters and survival of PDAC patients using various statistical methods.
RESULTS: CD151, c-Met, and integrin alpha3/alpha6 were all overexpressed in PDAC. CD151 and c-Met overexpressions were significantly associated with TNM stage (p=0.001 and p=0.038, respectively) and lymph node invasion (p=0.000, p=0.012, respectively). A significant positive linear correlation was found between CD151 and c-Met (r=0.583; p=0.000), integrin alpha3 (r=0.457; p=0.000), and integrin alpha6 (r=0.671; p=0.000). Overexpression of CD151, c-Met, integrin alpha3, or integrin alpha6 was related to poor survival of PDAC patients (p=0.000, p=0.000, p=0.005, and p=0.003, respectively), and CD151 and c-Met were independent factors in prognosis of PDAC.
CONCLUSIONS: CD151, c-Met, and integrin alpha3/alpha6 were all overexpressed in PDAC. CD151 and c-Met might be new molecular markers to predict the prognosis of PDAC patients.

Botelho NK, Schneiders FI, Lord SJ, et al.
Gene expression alterations in formalin-fixed, paraffin-embedded Barrett esophagus and esophageal adenocarcinoma tissues.
Cancer Biol Ther. 2010; 10(2):172-9 [PubMed] Related Publications
BACKGROUND AND AIM: Widespread applicability of tissue-based mRNA expression screening for Barrett esophagus (BE) is likely to require (1) accurate methods for assaying archival formalin-fixed, paraffin-embedded (FFPE) histopathology specimens taken at endoscopy, and (2) validation studies of promising biomarkers in different patient cohorts.
RESULTS: 30 genes were significantly differentially expressed by histopathology tissue type. The direction and magnitude of the differences were very similar to those found in previous studies using fresh frozen tissues. Novel upregulated genes were TSPAN8 (also known as CO-029), TSPAN24 (CD151), EGR1 and TCIRG1. Novel downregulated genes were DPYD, TSPAN29 (CD9) and Ets1. Strong associations between histopathology type and gene expression were observed with the overexpressed genes: cyclo-oxygenase-2 (COX-2), for which histopathology type explained 77.7% of the variation in expression, TSPAN1 (73.5%), TSPAN8 (62.9%), SPARC (62.1%), MMP7 (50.8%); and the under-expressed genes ADH7 (53.7%), APC (58.2%), RAR-gamma (51.3%).
METHODS: mRNA was isolated from 54 FFPE small endoscopic biopsies from patients with Barrett intestinal metaplasia (BE), esophageal adenocarcinoma (EAC), or control patients with a normal squamous-lined esophagus. Multiplexed tandem PCR (MT-PCR) was used to quantitate 50 selected candidate genes for BE and control genes in duplicate. Principal component analysis (PCA) was conducted to explore the presence of global differences in gene expression profiles. One-way analysis of variance (ANOVA) of the transformed data was used to identify genes that were differentially expressed between different histological subtypes. Differentially expressed genes with a fold change of ≥2 (upregulated) or ≤-2 (downregulated) are reported with the p value for each comparison (EAC vs. normal, EAC vs. BE and BE vs. normal). The Benjamini-Hochberg method was used to control the false discovery rate at 0.01 for all comparisons.
CONCLUSIONS: Alterations in expression of select genes are strongly associated with BE or EAC or both. This study's findings for many highly differentially expressed genes are very similar to those previously reported, suggesting that these genes should be tested further in longitudinal studies for their potential role as biomarkers of progression to more advanced Barrett disease.

Wang J, Liu X, Ni P, et al.
SP1 is required for basal activation and chromatin accessibility of CD151 promoter in liver cancer cells.
Biochem Biophys Res Commun. 2010; 393(2):291-6 [PubMed] Related Publications
CD151 plays an important role in liver cancer metastasis. The mechanism on how CD151 is expressed remains unclear. Here we have identified SP1 is a protein functioning in constitutive activation of CD151. Applying a PCR-based chromatin accessibility assay, an open chromatin conformation was discovered localized around the transcription start site of the CD151 gene. Deletion constructs of the 5' flanking region were fused to a luciferase reporter gene. After transient transfection in HepG2 and Hep3B cells, a minimal region -171/-53 bearing three SP1-binding sites was identified as the core promoter. Results obtained from electrophoretic mobility shift and chromatin immunoprecipitation assays demonstrated that SP1 is bound to the core promoter. Deletion of SP1 consensus sequence resulted in the total loss of the promoter activity. Moreover, knockdown of SP1 reduced both CD151 promoter activity and chromatin accessibility. Conclusively, SP1 is pivotal to CD151 transcription partly via the construction of a local open chromatin configuration across the promoter.

Woegerbauer M, Thurnher D, Houben R, et al.
Expression of the tetraspanins CD9, CD37, CD63, and CD151 in Merkel cell carcinoma: strong evidence for a posttranscriptional fine-tuning of CD9 gene expression.
Mod Pathol. 2010; 23(5):751-62 [PubMed] Related Publications
Tetraspanins including CD9, CD37, CD63, and CD151 are linked to cellular adhesion, cell differentiation, migration, carcinogenesis, and tumor progression. The aim of the study was to detect, quantify, and evaluate the prognostic value of these tetraspanins in Merkel cell carcinoma and to study the regulation of CD9 mRNA expression in Merkel cell carcinoma cell lines in detail. Immunohistochemical staining of 28 Merkel cell carcinoma specimens from 25 patients showed a significant correlation of CD9 (P=0.03) and CD151 (P=0.043) expression to overall survival. CD9 and CD63 expression correlated significantly to patients' disease-free interval (P=0.017 and P=0.058). Of primary Merkel cell carcinoma tumors, 42% were CD9 positive in contrast to only 21% of the subcutaneous in-transit metastases. Characterization of the 5' untranslated region (UTR) of the CD9 mRNA from two cultured Merkel cell carcinoma cell lines revealed the presence of two major RNA species differing only in the length of their 5' termini (183 versus 102 nucleotides). In silico analysis of the long CD9 mRNA predicted a 5' UTR folding pattern blocking ribosomal scanning and translation. Quantitative data by real-time RT-PCR not only indicated a reduction of CD9 mRNA but also a distinct quantitative shift toward the long 5' UTR in CD9 receptor negative cells. These observations provide an example for a posttranscriptional fine-tuning of CD9 gene expression in tumor cells.

Dumartin L, Quemener C, Laklai H, et al.
Netrin-1 mediates early events in pancreatic adenocarcinoma progression, acting on tumor and endothelial cells.
Gastroenterology. 2010; 138(4):1595-606, 1606.e1-8 [PubMed] Related Publications
BACKGROUND & AIMS: Pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDAC) is one of the most lethal cancers. It is characterized by substantial tumor cell invasion and early-stage metastasis. We developed an in vivo model to analyze interactions between cancer and stromal cells during early stages of PDAC.
METHODS: Human pancreatic adenocarcinoma cells were grafted onto the chick chorioallantoic membrane (CAM). Human and chicken GeneChips were used simultaneously to study gene regulation during PDAC cell invasion. Bioinformatic analysis was used to identify human orthologs and cell specificity of gene expression. The effects of netrin-1 encoded by NTN1 were investigated in adhesion, invasion, and apoptosis assays. The effects of NTN1 silencing with small interfering RNAs were investigated in PDAC cells in vivo. NTN1 expression was measured in human PDAC samples.
RESULTS: PDAC cells rapidly invade the CAM stroma and remodel the CAM vasculature. Around 800 stromal genes were up-regulated by >2-fold; the angiogenesis regulators vascular endothelial growth factor D, thrombospondin 1, and CD151 were among the most highly regulated genes. Silencing of tumor cell NTN1, which is up-regulated 4-fold in the PDAC model, inhibited tumor cell invasion in vivo. Netrin-1 conferred apoptosis resistance to tumor and endothelial cells in vitro, induced their invasion, and provided an adhesive substrate for tumor cells. NTN1 and its gene product are strongly overexpressed in human PDAC samples.
CONCLUSIONS: We developed a useful tool to study the invasive mechanisms of early-stage PDAC. Netrin-1 might be an important regulator of pancreatic tumor growth that functions in tumor and endothelial cells.

Hung TM, Chang SC, Yu WH, et al.
A novel nonsynonymous variant of matrix metalloproteinase-7 confers risk of liver cirrhosis.
Hepatology. 2009; 50(4):1184-93 [PubMed] Related Publications
UNLABELLED: Liver cirrhosis is characterized by progressive accumulation of extracellular matrix following chronic liver injuries. In the extracellular space, the constant turnover of liver matrix is regulated by the matrix metalloproteinase (MMP) class of enzyme. To assess whether genetic variations in MMP would result in diversity of liver cirrhosis, a case-control study of 320 patients with hepatocellular carcinoma, with or without cirrhosis, was conducted. Ten single-nucleotide polymorphism markers from four potential fibrosis-associated genes were selected for genotyping. Among these genes, a nonsynonymous single-nucleotide polymorphism which generates the variation of Gly-137 and Asp-137 in the MMP-7 gene was found to be strongly associated with the development of liver cirrhosis. In contrast to MMP-7(Gly-137) that predominantly secretes out into the cell culture medium, the cirrhosis-associated MMP-7(Asp-137) variant is preferentially localized on the extracellular membranes where it exerts its proteolytic activity on pericellular substrates. Functional analysis demonstrated an increased ability of the MMP-7(Asp-137) variant to associate with the cell surface CD151 molecule. In wound-healing and Boyden chamber assays, cell motility was specifically enhanced with the expression of MMP-7(Asp-137) as compared to the cells expressing MMP-7(Gly-137). These results demonstrate that the MMP-7(Asp-137) variant confers a gain-of-function phenotype for MMP-7.
CONCLUSION: We have identified a novel genetic association of MMP-7(Asp-137) variant with liver cirrhosis in patients with hepatocellular carcinoma. Whether the MMP-7 variant can be a new marker for liver cirrhosis will be further studied.

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