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Summary of gene and mutations by cancer type from ICGC
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Latest Publications: PRKCDBP (cancer-related)
BACKGROUND: DNA methylation regulates gene expression, through the inhibition/activation of gene transcription of methylated/unmethylated genes. Hence, DNA methylation profiling can capture pivotal features of gene expression in cancer tissues from patients at the time of diagnosis. In this work, we analyzed a breast cancer case series, to identify DNA methylation determinants of metastatic versus non-metastatic tumors.
METHODS: CpG-island methylation was evaluated on a 56-gene cancer-specific biomarker microarray in metastatic versus non-metastatic breast cancers in a multi-institutional case series of 123 breast cancer patients. Global statistical modeling and unsupervised hierarchical clustering were applied to identify a multi-gene binary classifier with high sensitivity and specificity. Network analysis was utilized to quantify the connectivity of the identified genes.
RESULTS: Seven genes (BRCA1, DAPK1, MSH2, CDKN2A, PGR, PRKCDBP, RANKL) were found informative for prognosis of metastatic diffusion and were used to calculate classifier accuracy versus the entire data-set. Individual-gene performances showed sensitivities of 63-79 %, 53-84 % specificities, positive predictive values of 59-83 % and negative predictive values of 63-80 %. When modelled together, these seven genes reached a sensitivity of 93 %, 100 % specificity, a positive predictive value of 100 % and a negative predictive value of 93 %, with high statistical power. Unsupervised hierarchical clustering independently confirmed these findings, in close agreement with the accuracy measurements. Network analyses indicated tight interrelationship between the identified genes, suggesting this to be a functionally-coordinated module, linked to breast cancer progression.
CONCLUSIONS: Our findings identify CpG-island methylation profiles with deep impact on clinical outcome, paving the way for use as novel prognostic assays in clinical settings.
Zhao H, Bauzon F, Bi E, et al.Substituting threonine 187 with alanine in p27Kip1 prevents pituitary tumorigenesis by two-hit loss of Rb1 and enhances humoral immunity in old age.
J Biol Chem. 2015; 290(9):5797-809 [PubMed
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p27Kip1 (p27) is an inhibitor of cyclin-dependent kinases. Inhibiting p27 protein degradation is an actively developing cancer therapy strategy. One focus has been to identify small molecule inhibitors to block recruitment of Thr-187-phosphorylated p27 (p27T187p) to SCF(Skp2/Cks1) ubiquitin ligase. Since phosphorylation of Thr-187 is required for this recruitment, p27T187A knockin (KI) mice were generated to determine the effects of systemically blocking interaction between p27 and Skp2/Cks1 on tumor susceptibility and other proliferation related mouse physiology. Rb1(+/-) mice develop pituitary tumors with full penetrance and the tumors are invariably Rb1(-/-), modeling tumorigenesis by two-hit loss of RB1 in humans. Immunization induced humoral immunity depends on rapid B cell proliferation and clonal selection in germinal centers (GCs) and declines with age in mice and humans. Here, we show that p27T187A KI prevented pituitary tumorigenesis in Rb1(+/-) mice and corrected decline in humoral immunity in older mice following immunization with sheep red blood cells (SRBC). These findings reveal physiological contexts that depend on p27 ubiquitination by SCF(Skp2-Cks1) ubiquitin ligase and therefore help forecast clinical potentials of Skp2/Cks1-p27T187p interaction inhibitors. We further show that GC B cells and T cells use different mechanisms to regulate their p27 protein levels, and propose a T helper cell exhaustion model resembling that of stem cell exhaustion to understand decline in T cell-dependent humoral immunity in older age.
Melson J, Li Y, Cassinotti E, et al.Commonality and differences of methylation signatures in the plasma of patients with pancreatic cancer and colorectal cancer.
Int J Cancer. 2014; 134(11):2656-62 [PubMed
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Profiling of DNA methylation status of specific genes is a way to screen for colorectal cancer (CRC) and pancreatic cancer (PC) in blood. The commonality of methylation status of cancer-related tumor suppressor genes between CRC and PC is largely unknown. Methylation status of 56 cancer-related genes was compared in plasma of patients in the following cohorts: CRC, PC and healthy controls. Cross validation determined the best model by area under ROC curve (AUC) to differentiate cancer methylation profiles from controls. Optimal preferential gene methylation signatures were derived to differentiate either cancer (CRC or PC) from controls. For CRC alone, a three gene signature (CYCD2, HIC and VHL) had an AUC 0.9310, sensitivity (Sens) = 0.826, specificity (Spec) = 0.9383. For PC alone, an optimal signature consisted of five genes (VHL, MYF3, TMS, GPC3 and SRBC), AUC 0.848; Sens = 0.807, Spec = 0.666. Combined PC and CRC signature or "combined cancer signature" was derived to differentiate either CRC and PC from controls (MDR1, SRBC, VHL, MUC2, RB1, SYK and GPC3) AUC = 0.8177, Sens = 0.6316 Spec = 0.840. In a validation cohort, N = 10 CRC patients, the optimal CRC signature (CYCD2, HIC and VHL) had AUC 0.900. In all derived signatures (CRC, PC and combined cancer signature) the optimal panel used preferential VHL methylation. In conclusion, CRC and PC differ in specific genes methylated in plasma other than VHL. Preferential methylation of VHL is shared in the optimal signature for CRC alone, PC alone and combined PC and CRC. Future investigations may identify additional methylation markers informative for the presence of both CRC and PC.
BACKGROUND: A major problem in cancer chemotherapy is the existence of primary resistance and/or the acquisition of secondary resistance. Many cellular defects contribute to chemoresistance, but epigenetic changes can also be a cause.
METHODS: A DNA methylation microarray was used to identify epigenetic differences in oxaliplatin-sensitive and -resistant colorectal cancer cells. The candidate gene SRBC was validated by single-locus DNA methylation and expression techniques. Transfection and short hairpin experiments were used to assess oxaliplatin sensitivity. Progression-free survival (PFS) and overall survival (OS) in metastasic colorectal cancer patients were explored with Kaplan-Meier and Cox regression analyses. All statistical tests were two-sided.
RESULTS: We found that oxaliplatin resistance in colorectal cancer cells depends on the DNA methylation-associated inactivation of the BRCA1 interactor SRBC gene. SRBC overexpression or depletion gives rise to sensitivity or resistance to oxaliplatin, respectively. SRBC epigenetic inactivation occurred in primary tumors from a discovery cohort of colorectal cancer patients (29.8%; n = 39 of 131), where it predicted shorter PFS (hazard ratio [HR] = 1.83; 95% confidence interval [CI] = 1.15 to 2.92; log-rank P = .01), particularly in oxaliplatin-treated case subjects for which metastasis surgery was not indicated (HR = 1.96; 95% CI = 1.13 to 3.40; log-rank P = .01). In a validation cohort of unresectable colorectal tumors treated with oxaliplatin (n = 58), SRBC hypermethylation was also associated with shorter PFS (HR = 1.90; 95% CI = 1.01 to 3.60; log-rank P = .045).
CONCLUSIONS: These results provide a basis for future clinical studies to validate SRBC hypermethylation as a predictive marker for oxaliplatin resistance in colorectal cancer.
Kim SJ, Sohn I, Do IG, et al.Gene expression profiles for the prediction of progression-free survival in diffuse large B cell lymphoma: results of a DASL assay.
Ann Hematol. 2014; 93(3):437-47 [PubMed
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We performed the whole genome cDNA-mediated annealing, selection and ligation assay with 164 formalin-fixed paraffin-embedded (FFPE) tumor samples to develop robust prognostic gene expression profiles in patients with diffuse large B cell lymphoma. The prognostic gene expression profiles were developed and validated by a gradient lasso and leave-one-out cross-validation process. We identified a set of genes whose expression provided prognostic indicators from whole data set (PRKCDBP, CASP10, FAM3C, KCNK12, MAN1A2, PRND, RAB1A, TMEM39B, SLC6A6, MMP12, FEM1B, C3orh37, RBP1, HK1, LOC400464, KIAA0746, and SLC25A23). This gene expression profile-based risk model could classify patients into two cross-validated risk groups with a significant difference in 5-year progression-free survival rates (71.1 vs. 45.5 %) and with a hazard ratio for recurrence of 2.45 (95 % CI, 1.44-4.16, P = 0.001). This model provided prognostic information independent of the International Prognostic Index (IPI), and discriminated high-risk group from patients belong to high/high-intermediate risk of IPI and activated B cell-like type. Thus, gene expression profiling from FFPE could provide additional prognostic information for diffuse large B cell lymphoma and our data underscore the need for development of risk-adapted treatment strategies based on gene expression profiles.
Wikman H, Sielaff-Frimpong B, Kropidlowski J, et al.Clinical relevance of loss of 11p15 in primary and metastatic breast cancer: association with loss of PRKCDBP expression in brain metastases.
PLoS One. 2012; 7(10):e47537 [PubMed
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The occurrence of brain metastases among breast cancer patients is currently rising with approximately 20-25% incidence rates, underlining the importance of the identification of new therapeutic and prognostic markers. We have previously screened for new markers for brain metastasis by array CGH. We found that loss of 11p15 is common among these patients. In this study, we investigated the clinical significance of loss of 11p15 in primary breast cancer (BC) and breast cancer brain metastases (BCBM). 11p15 aberration patterns were assessed by allelic imbalance (AI) analysis in primary BC (n = 78), BCBM (n = 21) and metastases from other distant sites (n = 6) using six different markers. AI at 11p15 was significantly associated with BCBM (p = 0.002). Interestingly, a subgroup of primary BC with a later relapse to the brain had almost equally high AI rates as the BCBM cases. In primary BC, AI was statistically significantly associated with high grade, negative hormone receptor status, and triple-negative (TNBC) tumors. Gene expression profiling identified PRKCDBP in the 11p15 region to be significantly downregulated in both BCBM and primary BC with brain relapse compared to primary tumors without relapse or bone metastasis (fdr<0.05). qRT-PCR confirmed these results and methylation was shown to be a common way to silence this gene. In conclusion, we found loss at 11p15 to be a marker for TNBC primary tumors and BCBM and PRKCDBP to be a potential target gene in this locus.
Tong SY, Lee JM, Ki KD, et al.Genetic polymorphism of PRKCDBP is associated with an increased risk of endometrial cancer.
Cancer Invest. 2012; 30(9):642-5 [PubMed
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PRKCDBP is a putative tumor suppressor located at 11p15.4, where frequent genomic loss has been observed in human cancers. We explored the possible association between an intra-exonic single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP), rs1051992, that results in a Leu to Pro substitution, and risk for endometrial carcinogenesis. We assessed the genotype of rs1051992 in endometrial cancer tissues from 147 patients and normal endometrial tissue from 191 healthy individuals by restriction endonuclease PvuII-based genotyping. Allele frequencies in the cancer specimens were compared with those in the healthy controls. We also evaluated the association between polymorphisms at this locus and histopathological features of endometrial cancer.
Colorectal cancer (CRC) screening rates are currently suboptimal. Blood-based screening could improve rates of earlier detection for CRC and adenomatous colorectal polyps. In this study, we evaluated the feasibility of plasma-based detection of early CRC and adenomatous polyps using array-mediated analysis methylation profiling of 56 genes implicated in carcinogenesis. Methylation of 56 genes in patients with Stages I and II CRC (N=30) and those with adenomatous polyps (N=30) were compared with individuals who underwent colonoscopy and were found to have neither adenomatous changes nor CRC. Composite biomarkers were developed for adenomatous polyps and CRC, and their sensitivity and specificity was estimated using five-fold cross validation. Six promoters (CYCD2, HIC1, PAX 5, RASSF1A, RB1 and SRBC) were selected for the biomarker, which differentiated CRC patients and controls with 84% sensitivity and 68% specificity. Three promoters (HIC1, MDG1 and RASSF1A) were selected for the biomarker, which differentiated patients with adenomatous polyps and controls with sensitivity of 55% and specificity of 65%. Methylation profiling of plasma DNA can detect early CRC with significant accuracy and shows promise as a methodology to develop biomarkers for CRC screening.
Lee JH, Kang MJ, Han HY, et al.Epigenetic alteration of PRKCDBP in colorectal cancers and its implication in tumor cell resistance to TNFα-induced apoptosis.
Clin Cancer Res. 2011; 17(24):7551-62 [PubMed
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PURPOSE: PRKCDBP is a putative tumor suppressor in which alteration has been observed in several human cancers. We investigated expression and function of PRKCDBP in colorectal cells and tissues to explore its candidacy as a suppressor in colorectal tumorigenesis.
EXPERIMENTAL DESIGN: Expression and methylation status of PRKCDBP and its effect on tumor growth were evaluated. Transcriptional regulation by NF-κB signaling was defined by luciferase reporter and chromatin immunoprecipitation assays.
RESULTS: PRKCDBP expression was hardly detectable in 29 of 80 (36%) primary tumors and 11 of 19 (58%) cell lines, and its alteration correlated with tumor stage and grade. Promoter hypermethylation was commonly found in cancers. PRKCDBP expression induced the G(1) cell-cycle arrest and increased cellular sensitivity to various apoptotic stresses. PRKCDBP was induced by TNFα, and its level correlated with tumor cell sensitivity to TNFα-induced apoptosis. PRKCDBP induction by TNFα was disrupted by blocking NF-κB signaling while it was enhanced by RelA transfection. The PRKCDBP promoter activity was increased in response to TNFα, and this response was abolished by disruption of a κB site in the promoter. PRKCDBP delayed the formation and growth of xenograft tumors and improved tumor response to TNFα-induced apoptosis.
CONCLUSIONS: PRKCDBP is a proapoptotic tumor suppressor which is commonly altered in colorectal cancer by promoter hypermethylation, and its gene transcription is directly activated by NF-κB in response to TNFα. This suggests that PRKCDBP inactivation may contribute to tumor progression by reducing cellular sensitivity to TNFα and other stresses, particularly under chronic inflammatory microenvironment.
Bai L, Deng X, Li Q, et al.Down-regulation of the cavin family proteins in breast cancer.
J Cell Biochem. 2012; 113(1):322-8 [PubMed
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Caveolae are abundant membrane domain on the cell surface of many mammalian cell types and are implicated in a wide range of physiological processes. The caveolae structural protein caveolin-1 is often mutated or deregulated in cancer, and cavin family protein serum deprivation response factor-related gene product that binds to C-kinase (SRBC) has been found to be epigenetically inactivated in lung, breast, and gastric cancer. Both caveolin-1 and SRBC have been proposed to function as tumor suppressors. Polymerase 1 and transcript release factor (PTRF) is the essential component for caveolae formation. The regulation of PTRF expression in cancer has not been characterized. We report here that the cavin family protein PTRF, SRBC and serum deprivation response protein were down regulated in breast cancer cell lines and breast tumor tissue. We further show that down-regulation of PTRF in breast cancer cells was associated with the promoter methylation. As caveolin-1 and cavin family proteins are required for caveolae formation and function, the reported tumor suppression function of caveolin-1 and SRBC may be due to the deregulation of caveolae and its down-stream signaling. Thus, the caveolae is a potential therapeutic target and the expression of cavin family proteins could be a useful prognostic indicator of breast cancer progression.
BACKGROUND: Epigenetic mechanisms such as DNA methylation and histone modifications are important regulators of gene expression and are frequently involved in silencing tumor suppressor genes.
METHODS: In order to identify genes that are epigenetically regulated in neuroblastoma tumors, we treated four neuroblastoma cell lines with the demethylating agent 5-Aza-2'-deoxycytidine (5-Aza-dC) either separately or in conjunction with the histone deacetylase inhibitor trichostatin A (TSA). Expression was analyzed using whole-genome expression arrays to identify genes activated by the treatment. These data were then combined with data from genome-wide DNA methylation arrays to identify candidate genes silenced in neuroblastoma due to DNA methylation.
RESULTS: We present eight genes (KRT19, PRKCDBP, SCNN1A, POU2F2, TGFBI, COL1A2, DHRS3 and DUSP23) that are methylated in neuroblastoma, most of them not previously reported as such, some of which also distinguish between biological subsets of neuroblastoma tumors. Differential methylation was observed for the genes SCNN1A (p < 0.001), PRKCDBP (p < 0.001) and KRT19 (p < 0.01). Among these, the mRNA expression of KRT19 and PRKCDBP was significantly lower in patients that have died from the disease compared with patients with no evidence of disease (fold change -8.3, p = 0.01 for KRT19 and fold change -2.4, p = 0.04 for PRKCDBP).
CONCLUSIONS: In our study, a low methylation frequency of SCNN1A, PRKCDBP and KRT19 is significantly associated with favorable outcome in neuroblastoma. It is likely that analysis of specific DNA methylation will be one of several methods in future patient therapy stratification protocols for treatment of childhood neuroblastomas.
Tong SY, Ki KD, Lee JM, et al.Frequent inactivation of hSRBC in ovarian cancers by promoter CpG island hypermethylation.
Acta Obstet Gynecol Scand. 2010; 89(5):629-35 [PubMed
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OBJECTIVE: To explore the implication of human SRBC gene [serum deprivation response factor-related gene product that binds to the c-kinase (hSRBC)] abnormality in ovarian tumorigenesis.
DESIGN: Retrospective study.
SETTING: Medical center.
SAMPLE: Twenty-two epithelial ovarian cancer and six normal ovary tissues.
MEASURES: Mutation and altered expression of hSRBC gene.
METHODS: hSRBC expression was characterized by polymerase chain reaction (PCR) analysis. Promoter CG dinucleotide (CpG) site methylation was determined using methylation specific PCR and bisulfite sequencing.
RESULTS: Expression of hSRBC transcript was easily detectable in all normal tissues we examined, but 50% (two of four) of cancer cell lines and 41% (nine of 22) of primary carcinomas exhibited undetectable or substantially decreased expression. While genomic deletion or somatic mutations of the gene was not identified, its expression was reactivated in tumor cells by 5-aza-2'-deoxycytidine treatment, suggesting epigenetic inactivation of the gene in tumors. Promoter methylation was detected in all nine tumors with low expression but in only one of 13 (7.7%) tumors with normal expression. Bisulfite DNA sequencing analysis of 23 CpG sites within the promoter region revealed that the CpG sites are highly methylated in low-expressing tumors. In addition, promoter CpG sites methylation status showed a tight association with gene expression level.
CONCLUSION: Our data demonstrate that epigenetic inactivation of hSRBC due to aberrant promoter hypermethylation is a common event and might be implicated in human ovarian tumorigenesis.
Promoter DNA methylation of CpG islands is an important epigenetic mechanism in cancer development. We have characterized the promoter methylation profile of 82 genes in three prostate cancer cell lines (LNCaP, PC3, and DU145) and two normal prostate cell lines (RWPE1 and RWPE2). The methylation pattern was analyzed using a Panomics gene array system that consists of immobilized probes of known gene promoters on a nitrocellulose membrane. Methylation binding protein-purified methylated DNA was hybridized on the membrane and detected by the chemiluminescence method. We analyzed methylation profile in normal (RWPE1) versus cancerous cells and androgen receptor (AR)-sensitive (LNCaP) versus AR-negative cells (DU145 and PC3). Our study shows that >50% of the genes were hypermethylated in prostate cancer cells compared with 13% in normal cell lines. Among these were the tumor suppressor (RB, TMS1, DAPK, RBL1, PAX6, and FHIT), cell cycle (p27KIP1 and CDKN2A), transporters (MDR1, MLC1, and IGRP), and transcription factor (STAT1, CIITA, MYOD, and NPAT) genes. Relative methylation pattern shows that most of these genes were methylated from 5-fold to >10-fold compared with the normal prostate cells. In addition, promoter methylation was detected for the first time in target genes such as RIOK3, STAT5, CASP8, SRBC, GAGE1, and NPAT. A significant difference in methylation pattern was observed between AR-sensitive versus AR-negative cancer cells for the following genes: CASP8, GPC3, CD14, MGMT, IGRP, MDR1, CDKN2A, GATA3, and IFN. In summary, our study identified candidate genes that are methylated in prostate cancer.
Davidsson J, Lilljebjörn H, Andersson A, et al.The DNA methylome of pediatric acute lymphoblastic leukemia.
Hum Mol Genet. 2009; 18(21):4054-65 [PubMed
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Acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) is the most common childhood malignancy, with high hyperdiploidy [51-67 chromosomes] and the t(12;21)(p13;q22) [ETV6/RUNX1 fusion] representing the most frequent abnormalities. Although these arise in utero, there is long latency before overt ALL, showing that additional changes are needed. Gene dysregulation through hypermethylation may be such an event; however, this has not previously been investigated in a detailed fashion. We performed genome-wide methylation profiling using bacterial artificial chromosome arrays and promoter-specific analyses of high hyperdiploid and ETV6/RUNX1-positive ALLs. In addition, global gene expression analyses were performed to identify associated expression patterns. Unsupervised cluster and principal component analyses of the chromosome-wide methylome profiles could successfully subgroup the two genetic ALL types. Analysis of all currently known promoter-specific CpG islands demonstrated that several B-cell- and neoplasia-associated genes were hypermethylated and underexpressed, indicating that aberrant methylation plays a significant leukemogenic role. Interestingly, methylation hotspots were associated with chromosome bands predicted to harbor imprinted genes and the tri-/tetrasomic chromosomes in the high hyperdiploid ALLs were less methylated than their disomic counterparts. Decreased methylation of gained chromosomes is a previously unknown phenomenon that may have ramifications not only for the pathogenesis of high hyperdiploid ALL but also for other disorders with acquired or constitutional numerical chromosome anomalies.
Martinez R, Martin-Subero JI, Rohde V, et al.A microarray-based DNA methylation study of glioblastoma multiforme.
Epigenetics. 2009; 4(4):255-64 [PubMed
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Glioblastoma multiforme (GBM) is the most frequent and devastating primary brain tumor in adults. The presence of epigenetic lesions, like hypermethylation of known tumor suppressor genes such as MGMT, has been widely described in GBM, but to our knowledge, a genome-wide profile of DNA methylation changes in these lethal tumors is not yet available. In the present analysis, we have quantified the DNA methylation level of 1,505 CpG dinucleotides (807 genes) in 87 consecutive GBMs using universal BeadArrays. Supervised cluster analyses identified 25 and seven genes that were respectively hypermethylated and hypomethylated in more than 20% of the cases studied. The most frequently hypermethylated genes were HOXA11, CD81, PRKCDBP, TES, MEST, TNFRSF10A and FZD9, being involved in more than half of the cases. Studying the biological features of hypermethylated genes, we found that the group of genes hypermethylated in GBM was highly enriched (41%, p < 0.001) for targets of the PRC2 (Polycomb repressive complex 2) in embryonic stem cells. This suggests that GBM might be derived from precursor cells with stem cell-like features. DNA methylation profiles were associated with overall survival in GBM, and we confirmed the favorable prognostic impact of MGMT methylation in patients treated with alkylating agents. Furthermore, we identified that promoter hypermethylation of the transcription factor gene GATA6 (occurring in 30% of GBM) was significantly associated with unfavorable patient survival.
Lee JH, Byun DS, Lee MG, et al.Frequent epigenetic inactivation of hSRBC in gastric cancer and its implication in attenuated p53 response to stresses.
Int J Cancer. 2008; 122(7):1573-84 [PubMed
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hSRBC is a putative tumor suppressor located at 11p15.4, at which frequent genomic loss has been observed in several human malignancies. To explore the candidacy of hSRBC as a suppressor of gastric tumorigenesis, we analyzed the expression and mutation status of hSRBC in gastric tissues and cell lines. hSRBC transcript was expressed in all normal and benign tumor tissues examined, but undetectable or very low in 73% (11/15) cancer cell lines and 41% (46/111) primary tumors. Loss or reduction of hSRBC expression was tumor-specific and correlated with stage and grade of tumors. While allelic loss or somatic mutations of the gene were infrequent, its expression was restored in tumor cells by 5-aza-2'-deoxycytidine treatment and aberrant hypermethylation of 23 CpG sites in the promoter region showed a tight association with altered expression. Transient or stable expression of hSRBC led to a G(1) cell cycle arrest and apoptosis of tumor cells, and strongly suppresses colony forming ability and xenograft tumor growth. In addition, hSRBC elevated apoptotic sensitivity of tumor cells to genotoxic agents, such as 5-FU, etoposide and ultraviolet. Interestingly, hSRBC increased the protein stability of p53 and expression of p53 target genes, such as p21(Waf1), PUMA and NOXA, while hSRBC-mediated cell cycle arrest and apoptosis were abolished by blockade of p53 function. Our findings suggest that hSRBC is a novel tumor suppressor whose epigenetic inactivation contributes to the malignant progression of gastric tumors, in part, through attenuated p53 response to stresses.
Fukasawa M, Kimura M, Morita S, et al.Microarray analysis of promoter methylation in lung cancers.
J Hum Genet. 2006; 51(4):368-74 [PubMed
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Aberrant DNA methylation is an important event in carcinogenesis. Of the various regions of a gene that can be methylated in cancers, the promoter is the most important for the regulation of gene expression. Here, we describe a microarray analysis of DNA methylation in the promoter regions of genes using a newly developed promoter-associated methylated DNA amplification DNA chip (PMAD). For each sample, methylated Hpa II-resistant DNA fragments and Msp I-cleaved (unmethylated+methylated) DNA fragments were amplified and labeled with Cy3 and Cy5 respectively, then hybridized to a microarray containing the promoters of 288 cancer-related genes. Signals from Hpa II-resistant (methylated) DNA (Cy3) were normalized to signals from Msp I-cleaved (unmethylated+methylated) DNA fragments (Cy5). Normalized signals from lung cancer cell lines were compared to signals from normal lung cells. About 10.9% of the cancer-related genes were hypermethylated in lung cancer cell lines. Notably, HIC1, IRF7, ASC, RIPK3, RASSF1A, FABP3, PRKCDBP, and PAX3 genes were hypermethylated in most lung cancer cell lines examined. The expression profiles of these genes correlated to the methylation profiles of the genes, indicating that the microarray analysis of DNA methylation in the promoter region of the genes is convenient for epigenetic study. Further analysis of primary tumors indicated that the frequency of hypermethylation was high for ASC (82%) and PAX3 (86%) in all tumor types, and high for RIPK3 in small cell carcinoma (57%). This demonstrates that our PMAD method is effective at finding epigenetic changes during cancer.
Zöchbauer-Müller S, Fong KM, Geradts J, et al.Expression of the candidate tumor suppressor gene hSRBC is frequently lost in primary lung cancers with and without DNA methylation.
Oncogene. 2005; 24(41):6249-55 [PubMed
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Recently, the human SRBC (hSRBC) gene, a candidate tumor suppressor gene (TSG), has been mapped to the chromosomal region 11p 15.5--p15.4 where frequent allele loss has been described in lung cancer. Aberrant methylation (referred to as methylation) of the promoter region of TSGs has been identified as an important mechanism for gene silencing. Loss of hSRBC protein expression occurs frequently in lung cancer cell lines and sodium bisulfite sequencing of the promoter region of hSRBC in several lung cancer cell lines suggested that methylation plays an important role in inactivating hSRBC. To determine the methylation status of hSRBC in a large collection of primary lung cancer samples, corresponding nonmalignant lung tissues and lung cancer cell lines (N=52), we designed primers for a methylation-specific PCR assay. Methylation was detected in 41% of primary non-small-cell lung cancers (NSCLC) (N=107) and in 80% of primary small-cell lung cancers (SCLC) (N=5), but was seen only in 4% of corresponding nonmalignant lung tissues (N=103). In all, 79% of lung cancer cell lines were methylated and the frequency of hSRBC methylation was significantly higher in SCLC (100%) than in NSCLC (58%) cell lines. Normal hSRBC protein expression was detected in only 18% of primary NSCLCs (N=93) by immunostaining and a significant association between loss of protein expression and methylation was found. hSRBC re-expression was observed after treatment of lung cancer cells with the demethylating agent 5-aza-2'-deoxycytidine. In addition, 45% of the 76 hSRBC immunostaining-negative NSCLCs did not have hSRBC promoter methylation, indicating that other mechanisms of hSRBC expression silencing also exist. Both hSRBC immunostaining and methylation results did not correlate with clinicopathological characteristics of these patients. Our findings suggest that hSRBC is a candidate TSG involved in lung cancer pathogenesis, where expression is frequently inactivated by methylation and other mechanisms.
Xu XL, Wu LC, Du F, et al.Inactivation of human SRBC, located within the 11p15.5-p15.4 tumor suppressor region, in breast and lung cancers.
Cancer Res. 2001; 61(21):7943-9 [PubMed
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A cDNA clone encoding human SRBC [serum deprivation response factor (sdr)-related gene product that binds to c-kinase] was isolated in a yeast two-hybrid screening, with amino acids 1-304 of BRCA1 as the probe. The human SRBC gene (hSRBC) was mapped to chromosome region 11p15.5-p15.4, close to marker D11S1323, at which frequent loss of heterozygosity (LOH) has been observed in sporadic breast, lung, ovarian, and other types of adult cancers as well as childhood tumors. hSRBC-coding region mutations including frame shift and truncation mutations were detected in a few ovarian and lung cancer cell lines. More significantly, the expression of hSRBC protein was down-regulated in a large fraction [30 (70%) of 43] of breast, lung, and ovarian cancer cell lines, whereas strong expression of hSRBC protein was detected in normal mammary and lung epithelial cells. The down-regulation of hSRBC expression in cancer cells was associated with hypermethylation of CpG dinucleotides in its promoter region, and 3 (60%) of 5 primary breast tumors and 11 (79%) of 14 primary lung tumors were also found to be hypermethylated. Treatment of breast cancer MCF7 cells with 5'azacytidine and Trichostatin A resulted in expression of hSRBC, confirming DNA methylation as the mode of inactivation. Our results suggest that epigenetic or mutational inactivation of hSRBC may contribute to the pathogenesis of several types of human cancers, marking hSRBC as a candidate tumor suppressor gene.
Morishima Y, Morishita Y, Adachi K, et al.Phorbol ester induces interleukin-2 receptor on the cell surface of precursor thymocyte leukemia with no rearrangement of T cell receptor beta and gamma genes.
Blood. 1987; 70(5):1291-6 [PubMed
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The early event of thymocyte maturation has been analyzed using acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) cells. A group of ALL cells whose cell surface phenotype was CD2 (SRBC receptor) negative and CD7 (T cell antigen) positive has been considered as precursor thymocyte ALL (pre-T-ALL). No rearrangements of the T cell receptor beta-gene (TCR beta) and gamma-gene (TCR gamma) were found in three of four pre-T-ALL patients. Stimulation of these pre-T-ALL cells with 12-0-tetradecanoylphorbol-13-acetate (TPA) induced only CD25 (Tac) antigen but no other T cell antigens. These findings suggest that the activation pathway of interleukin 2 (IL-2) receptor already exists in the most immature precursor thymocytes. Pre-T-ALL cells from the fourth patients showed the expression of CD3 antigen, and both TCR beta and TCR gamma rearrangement. TPA induced the differentiation of the more mature pre-T-ALL cells of this case in vitro, and not only CD25 (Tac) antigen but also CD4 and CD8 antigens appeared on the cell surface. The low affinity binding of 125I-IL-2 to TPA-stimulated leukemia cells was observed in the three cases of pre-T-ALL tested, and the addition of recombinant IL-2 to TPA-stimulated cells showed no effect on cell proliferation.