SLC22A18

Gene Summary

Gene:SLC22A18; solute carrier family 22 member 18
Aliases: HET, ITM, BWR1A, IMPT1, TSSC5, ORCTL2, BWSCR1A, SLC22A1L, p45-BWR1A
Location:11p15.4
Summary:This gene is one of several tumor-suppressing subtransferable fragments located in the imprinted gene domain of 11p15.5, an important tumor-suppressor gene region. Alterations in this region have been associated with the Beckwith-Wiedemann syndrome, Wilms tumor, rhabdomyosarcoma, adrenocortical carcinoma, and lung, ovarian, and breast cancer. This gene is imprinted, with preferential expression from the maternal allele. Mutations in this gene have been found in Wilms' tumor and lung cancer. This protein may act as a transporter of organic cations, and have a role in the transport of chloroquine and quinidine-related compounds in kidney. Several alternatively spliced transcript variants encoding different isoforms have been described. [provided by RefSeq, Oct 2015]
Databases:VEGA, OMIM, HGNC, Ensembl, GeneCard, Gene
Protein:solute carrier family 22 member 18
Source:NCBIAccessed: 09 March, 2017

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Latest Publications: SLC22A18 (cancer-related)

Fan T, Chen J, Zhang L, et al.
Bit1 knockdown contributes to growth suppression as well as the decreases of migration and invasion abilities in esophageal squamous cell carcinoma via suppressing FAK-paxillin pathway.
Mol Cancer. 2016; 15:23 [PubMed] Free Access to Full Article Related Publications
BACKGROUND: There is growing evidence that Bit1 exerts different roles in the development and progression of human cancers. Although Bit1 was highly exhibited in ESCC tissues in our previous study, its roles and molecular mechanisms implicated in development and progression of ESCC remain unknown.
METHODS: Bit1 protein expression in ESCC cell lines and normal esophageal epithelial cell was detected by Western blotting. Bit1 protein expression mediated by Bit1 shRNA was investigated by Western blotting. MTT, migration assay, invasion experiment, ELISA and Flow cytometry were utilized to determine the effects of Bit1 knockdown on cell proliferation, migration, invasion and apoptosis, respectively. A xenograft model was used to examine in vivo tumourigenicity, and immunohistochemistry and TUNEL were utilized to evaluate the related protein expression and apoptosis. Gene microarray was determined by Agilent SurePrint G3 Human GE 8 × 60 K Microarray, the interaction of Bit1 and FAK proteins were detected by Immunoprecipitation and the key protein expressions of FAK-paxillin pathway were detected by Western blotting.
RESULTS: We found Bit1 expression in all human ESCC cell lines tested was significantly higher than that in normal esophageal epithelial cell Het-1A (P < 0.05), in which EC9706 presented the highest Bit1 level. Bit1 protein level was significantly downregulated at day 1 after transfection with specific shRNA against Bit1 (P < 0.05). At days 2 and 3, Bit1 level reached the lowest value after transfection with Bit1 shRNA. Moreover, Bit1 depletion contributed to growth inhibition in vitro and in vivo, reduced cell migration and invasion abilities, and induced cell apoptosis in EC9706 and TE1 cells. More importantly, Bit1 downregulation significantly lowered Bcl-2 and MMP-2 levels in EC9706 xenografted tumor tissues, meanwhile triggered apoptosis after treatment with different doses of Bit1 shRNA. Further gene microarray revealed that 23 genes in Bit1-RNAi group were markedly downregulated, whereas 16 genes were obviously upregulated. Notably, Bit1 intrinsically interacted with FAK protein in EC9706 cells. Moreover, paxillin was downregulated at mRNA and protein levels in Bit1 shRNA group, coupled with the decreases of FAK mRNA and protein expressions.
CONCLUSION: Bit1 may be an important regulator in cell growth, apoptosis, migration and invasion of ESCC via targeting FAK-paxillin pathway, and thereby combinative manipulation of Bit1 and FAK-paxillin pathway may be the novel and promising therapeutic targets for the patients with ESCC.

Altinoz MA, Elmaci I, Ince B, et al.
Hemoglobins, Hemorphins, and 11p15.5 Chromosomal Region in Cancer Biology and İmmunity with Special Emphasis for Brain Tumors.
J Neurol Surg A Cent Eur Neurosurg. 2016; 77(3):247-57 [PubMed] Related Publications
In systemic cancers, increased hemolysis leads to extracellular hemoglobin (HB), and experimental studies have shown its provoking role on tumor growth and metastasis. However, investigations have shown that HB chains presented by tumor vascular pericytes or serum protein complexes of HB could also induce antitumor immunity, which may be harnessed to treat refractory cancers and brain tumors. Mounting recent evidence shows that expression of HBs is not restricted to erythrocytes and that HBs exist in the cells of lung and kidney, in macrophages, and in neurons and glia of the central nervous system (CNS). HBs mediate coping with hypoxia and free radical stress in normal and tumor cells, and they are increased in certain tumors including breast, lung, colon, and squamous cell cancers. Recent studies showed HBs in meningioma, in the cyst fluid of craniopharyngioma, in the cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) of pediatric patients with posterior fossa tumors, and in glioblastoma cell lines. Hemorphins, abundant brain peptides formed via HB-chain cleavage, exert opioid activity and antiproliferative and immunomodifier effects. Hence mutations in HBs may modify brain tumorigenesis via influencing hemorphins and perturbing regulations of immune surveillance and cell growth in the neuroectodermal tissues. The β-globin gene cluster resides in the chromosome region 11p15.5, harboring important immunity genes and IGF2, H19, PHLDA2/TSSC3, TRIM3, and SLC22A18 genes associated with cancers and gliomas. 11p15.5 is a prominent region subject to epigenetic regulation. Thus the β-globin loci may exert haplotypal interactions with these. Some clues support this theory. It is well established that iron load induces liver cancer in thalassemia major; however iron load-independent associations also exist. Enhanced rates of hematologic malignancies are associated with HB Lepore, association of hemoglobin E with cholangiocarcinoma, and enhanced gastric cancer rates in the thalassemia trait. In the African Herero population, a mutant form of δ-globin is very prevalent, and this population has higher rates of pediatric brain tumors. Globins are also expressed in healthy endothelia and in tumoral vessels, indicating potential involvement in angiogenesis. Studies on HBs and their cleavage peptides in cancers and brain tumors may lead to innovative treatment strategies.

Zeng R, Huang JP, Li XF, et al.
Epb41l3 suppresses esophageal squamous cell carcinoma invasion and inhibits MMP2 and MMP9 expression.
Cell Biochem Funct. 2016; 34(3):133-41 [PubMed] Related Publications
EPB41L3 may play a role as a metastasis suppressor by supporting regular arrangements of actin stress fibres and alleviating the increase in cell motility associated with enhanced metastatic potential. Downregulation of epb41l3 has been observed in many cancers, but the role of this gene in esophageal squamous cell carcinoma (ESCC) remains unclear. Our study aimed to determine the effect of epb41l3 on ESCC cell migration and invasion. We investigated epb41l3 protein expression in tumour and non-tumour tissues by immunohistochemical staining. Expression in the non-neoplastic human esophageal cell line Het-1a and four ESCC cell lines - Kyse150, Kyse510, Kyse450 and Caes17 - was assessed by quantitative Polymerase Chain Reaction (qPCR) and Western blotting. Furthermore, an EPB41L3 overexpression plasmid and EPB41L3-specific small interfering RNA were used to upregulate EPB41L3 expression in Kyse150 cells and to downregulate EPB41L3 expression in Kyse450 cells, respectively. Cell migration and invasion were evaluated by wound healing and transwell assays, respectively. The expression levels of p-AKT, matrix metalloproteinase (MMP)2 and MMP9 were evaluated. Expression of epb41l3 was significantly lower in tumour tissues than in non-tumour tissues and in ESCC cell lines compared with the Het-1a cell line. Kyse450 and Caes17 cells exhibited higher expression of epb41l3 than Kyse150 and Kyse510 cells. Overexpressing epb41l3 decreased Kyse150 cell migration and invasion, whereas EPB41L3-specific small interfering RNA silencing increased these functions in Kyse450 cells. Furthermore, overexpressing epb41l3 led to downregulation of MMP2 and MMP9 in Kyse150 and Kyse510 cells. Our findings reveal that EPB41L3 suppresses tumour cell invasion and inhibits MMP2 and MMP9 expression in ESCC cells.

Amgoth C, Dharmapuri G, Kalle AM, Paik P
Nanoporous capsules of block co-polymers of [(MeO-PEG-NH)-b-(L-GluA)]-PCL for the controlled release of anticancer drugs for therapeutic applications.
Nanotechnology. 2016; 27(12):125101 [PubMed] Related Publications
Herein, new nanoporous capsules of the block co-polymers of MeO-PEG-NH-(L-GluA)10 and polycaprolactone (PCL) have been synthesized through a surfactant-free cost-effective self-assembled soft-templating approach for the controlled release of drugs and for therapeutic applications. The nanoporous polymer capsules are designed to be biocompatible and are capable of encapsulating anticancer drugs (e.g., doxorubicin hydrochloride (DOX) and imatinib mesylate (ITM)) with a high extent (∼279 and ∼480 ng μg(-1), respectively). We have developed a nanoformulation of porous MeO-PEG-NH-(L-GluA)10-PCL capsules with DOX and ITM. The porous polymer nanoformulations have been programmed in terms of the release of anticancer drugs with a desired dose to treat the leukemia (K562) and human carcinoma cells (HepG2) in vitro and show promising IC50 values with a very high mortality of cancer cells (up to ∼96.6%). Our nanoformulation arrests the cell divisions due to 'cellular scenescence' and kills the cancer cells specifically. The present findings could enrich the effectiveness of idiosyncratic nanoporous polymer capsules for use in various other nanomedicinal and biomedical applications, such as for killing cancer cells, immune therapy, and gene delivery.

Hirko KA, Willett WC, Hankinson SE, et al.
Healthy dietary patterns and risk of breast cancer by molecular subtype.
Breast Cancer Res Treat. 2016; 155(3):579-88 [PubMed] Free Access to Full Article Related Publications
We examined associations between dietary quality indices and breast cancer risk by molecular subtype among 100,643 women in the prospective Nurses' Health Study (NHS) cohort, followed from 1984 to 2006. Dietary quality scores for the Alternative Healthy Eating Index (AHEI), alternate Mediterranean diet (aMED), and Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH) dietary patterns were calculated from semi-quantitative food frequency questionnaires collected every 2-4 years. Breast cancer molecular subtypes were defined according to estrogen receptor (ER), progesterone receptor, human epidermal growth factor 2 (HER2), cytokeratin 5/6 (CK5/6), and epidermal growth factor receptor status from immunostained tumor microarrays in combination with histologic grade. Cox proportional hazards models, adjusted for age and breast cancer risk factors, were used to estimate hazard ratios (HRs) and 95 % confidence intervals (CIs). Competing risk analyses were used to assess heterogeneity by subtype. We did not observe any significant associations between the AHEI or aMED dietary patterns and risk of breast cancer by molecular subtype. However, a significantly reduced risk of HER2-type breast cancer was observed among women in 5th versus 1st quintile of the DASH dietary pattern [n = 134 cases, Q5 vs. Q1 HR (95 % CI) = 0.44 (0.25-0.77)], and the inverse trend across quintiles was significant (p trend = 0.02). We did not observe any heterogeneity in associations between AHEI (p het = 0.25), aMED (p het = 0.71), and DASH (p het = 0.12) dietary patterns and breast cancer by subtype. Adherence to the AHEI, aMED, and DASH dietary patterns was not strongly associated with breast cancer molecular subtypes.

Sunamura N, Ohira T, Kataoka M, et al.
Regulation of functional KCNQ1OT1 lncRNA by β-catenin.
Sci Rep. 2016; 6:20690 [PubMed] Free Access to Full Article Related Publications
Long noncoding RNAs (lncRNAs) have been implicated in many biological processes through epigenetic mechanisms. We previously reported that KCNQ1OT1, an imprinted antisense lncRNA in the human KCNQ1 locus on chromosome 11p15.5, is involved in cis-limited silencing within an imprinted KCNQ1 cluster. Furthermore, aberration of KCNQ1OT1 transcription was observed with a high frequency in colorectal cancers. However, the molecular mechanism of the transcriptional regulation and the functional role of KCNQ1OT1 in colorectal cancer remain unclear. Here, we show that the KCNQ1OT1 transcriptional level was significantly increased in human colorectal cancer cells in which β-catenin was excessively accumulated in the nucleus. Additionally, overexpression of β-catenin resulted in an increase in KCNQ1OT1 lncRNA-coated territory. On the other hand, knockdown of β-catenin resulted in significant decrease of KCNQ1OT1 lncRNA-coated territory and an increase in the mRNA expression of the SLC22A18 and PHLDA2 genes that are regulated by KCNQ1OT1. We showed that β-catenin can promote KCNQ1OT1 transcription through direct binding to the KCNQ1OT1 promoter. Our evidence indicates that β-catenin signaling may contribute to development of colorectal cancer by functioning as a novel lncRNA regulatory factor via direct targeting of KCNQ1OT1.

Elsnerova K, Mohelnikova-Duchonova B, Cerovska E, et al.
Gene expression of membrane transporters: Importance for prognosis and progression of ovarian carcinoma.
Oncol Rep. 2016; 35(4):2159-70 [PubMed] Related Publications
Membrane transporters (such as ABCs, SLCs and ATPases) act in carcinogenesis and chemoresistance development, but their relevance for prognosis of epithelial ovarian cancer (EOC) remains poorly understood. We evaluated the gene expression profile of 39 ABC and 12 SLC transporters and three ATPases in EOC tissues and addressed their putative role in prognosis and clinical course of EOC patients. Relative gene expression in a set of primary EOC (n=57) and in control ovarian tissues (n=14) was estimated and compared with clinical data and survival of patients. Obtained data were validated in an independent set of patients (n=60). Six ABCs and SLC22A18 gene were significantly overexpressed in carcinomas when compared with controls, while expression of 12 ABCs, five SLCs, ATP7A and ATP11B was decreased. Expression of ABCA12, ABCC3, ABCC6, ABCD3, ABCG1 and SLC22A5 was higher in high grade serous carcinoma compared with other subtypes. ABCA2 gene expression significantly associated with EOC grade in both sets of patients. Notably, expression level of ABCA9, ABCA10, ABCC9 and SLC16A14 significantly associated with progression-free survival (PFS) of the disease in either pilot or validation sets. ABCG2 level associated with PFS in the pooled set of patients. In conclusion, ABCA2, ABCA9, ABCA10, ABCC9, ABCG2 and SLC16A14 present novel putative markers of EOC progression and together with the revealed relationship between ABCA12, ABCC3, ABCC6, ABCD3, ABCG1 and SLC22A5 expression, and high grade serous type of EOC should be further examined by larger follow-up study.

Wang YC, Wu MT, Lin YJ, et al.
Regulation of Folate-Mediated One-Carbon Metabolism by Glycine N-Methyltransferase (GNMT) and Methylenetetrahydrofolate Reductase (MTHFR).
J Nutr Sci Vitaminol (Tokyo). 2015; 61 Suppl:S148-50 [PubMed] Related Publications
Folate-mediated one-carbon metabolism is an important therapeutic target of human diseases. We extensively investigated how gene-nutrient interactions may modulate human cancer risk in 2 major folate metabolic genes, MTHFR and GNMT. The biochemical impacts of MTHFR and GNMT on methyl group supply, global DNA methylation, nucleotide biosynthesis, DNA damage, and partitioning of the folate dependent 1-carbon group were carefully studied. The distinct model systems used included: EB virus-transformed lymphoblasts expressing human MTHFR polymorphic genotypes; liver-derived GNMT-null cell-lines with and without GNMT overexpression; and HepG2 cells with stabilized inhibition of MTHFR using shRNA, GNMT wildtype, heterozygotous (GNMT(het)) and knockout (GNMT(nul)) mice. We discovered that the MTHFR TT genotype significantly reduces folate-dependent remethylation under folate restriction, but it assists purine synthesis when folate is adequate. The advantage of de novo purine synthesis found in the MTHFR TT genotype may account for the protective effect of MTHFR in human hematological malignancies. GNMT affects transmethylation kinetics and S-adenosylmethionine (adoMet) synthesis, and facilitates the conservation of methyl groups by limiting homocysteine remethylation fluxes. Restoring GNMT assists methylfolate-dependent reactions and ameliorates the consequences of folate depletion. GNMT expression in vivo improves folate retention and bioavailability in the liver. Loss of GNMT impairs nucleotide biosynthesis. Over-expression of GNMT enhances nucleotide biosynthesis and improves DNA integrity by reducing uracil misincorporation in DNA both in vitro and in vivo. The systematic series of studies gives new insights into the underlying mechanisms by which MTHFR and GNMT may participate in human tumor prevention.

Wang H, Zhang K, Qin H, et al.
Genetic Association Between Angiotensinogen Polymorphisms and Lung Cancer Risk.
Medicine (Baltimore). 2015; 94(37):e1250 [PubMed] Free Access to Full Article Related Publications
Earlier published studies investigating the association between polymorphisms in the angiotensinogen gene and lung cancer risk showed no consistent results. In this study, we have summarized all currently available data to examine the correlation by meta-analysis. Case-control studies addressing the association being examined were identified through Embase, the Cochrane Library, ISI Web of Science (Web of Knowledge), Google Scholar, PubMed, and CNKI databases. Risk of lung cancer (odds ratio [OR] and 95% confidence interval [CI]) was estimated with the fixed or the random effects model assuming homozygous, allele, heterozygous, dominant, and recessive models for all angiotensinogen polymorphisms. We identified a total of 10 articles in this meta-analysis, including 7 for Leu84Phe, 4 for Ile143Val, and 3 for Leu53Leu. In the meta-analysis of Leu84Phe polymorphism, the homozygous model provided an OR of 1.44 (Phe/Phe vs Ile/Ile: OR = 1.44, 95% CI = 1.04-1.99, P values for heterogeneity test (Q-test) [P(Het)] = 0.382). The significantly increased risk was similarly indicated in the recessive model (Phe/Phe vs Phe/Ile + Ile/Ile: OR = 1.41, 95% CI = 1.02-1.95, P(Het) = 0.381). We also observed a positive association in the Caucasian subgroup. The heterozygous model and the dominant model tested for the Ile143Val polymorphism showed a marginally increased risk (Ile/Val vs Ile/Ile: OR = 1.16, 95% CI = 1.00-1.36, P(Het) = 0.323; Val/Val + Ile/Val vs Ile/Ile: OR = 1.15, 95% CI = 0.99-1.34, P(Het) = 0.253). These data suggest that Leu84Phe and Ile143Val polymorphisms in the angiotensinogen gene may be useful biomarkers for lung cancer in some specific populations.

Jung Y, Jun Y, Lee HY, et al.
Characterization of SLC22A18 as a tumor suppressor and novel biomarker in colorectal cancer.
Oncotarget. 2015; 6(28):25368-80 [PubMed] Free Access to Full Article Related Publications
SLC22A18, solute carrier family 22, member 18, has been proposed to function as a tumor suppressor based on its chromosomal location at 11p15.5, mutations and aberrant splicing in several types of cancer and down-regulation in glioblastoma. In this study, we sought to demonstrate the significance of SLC22A18 as a tumor suppressor in colorectal cancer (CRC) and provide mechanistic bases for its function. We first showed that the expression of SLC22A18 is significantly down-regulated in tumor tissues using matched normal-tumor samples from CRC patients. This finding was also supported by publically accessible data from The Cancer Genome Atlas (TCGA). Functionally, SLC22A18 inhibits colony formation and induces of G2/M arrest consistent with being a tumor suppressor. Interestingly, suppression of KRAS by RNA interference promotes SLC22A18 expression, and expression of SLC22A18 in turn inhibits KRAS(G12D)-mediated anchorage independent growth of NIH3T3 cells indicating a mutual negative interaction. Finally, we evaluated diagnostic and prognostic values of SLC22A18 using clinical and gene expression data from TCGA which revealed a significantly worse long-term prognosis for patients with low level SLC22A18 expression. In sum, we established SLC22A18 as a tumor suppressor in colon epithelial cells and propose that SLC22A18 is potentially a marker of diagnostic and prognostic values.

Xu W, Liu SA, Li L, et al.
Association between XRCC1 Arg280His polymorphism and risk of hepatocellular carcinoma: a systematic review and meta-analysis.
Genet Mol Res. 2015; 14(2):7122-9 [PubMed] Related Publications
Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) is one of the most life-threatening malignancies worldwide. Defects in DNA repair genes may increase the risk of HCC. X-ray cross-complementing group 1 gene (XRCC1) is a major DNA repair gene involved in base excision re-pair. Recently, several studies have indicated that an association exists between XRCC1 polymorphism and HCC, particularly the Arg280His polymorphism. However, the data is inconsistent and incomplete. In this study, we conducted a meta-analysis to investigate the association between the XRCC1 Arg280His polymorphism and HCC risk. A total of 10 case-control studies included 1848 HCC cases and 1969 controls were examined in this analysis. Our results suggest that variant geno-types of the XRCC1 Arg280His gene are associated with a significantly increased risk of HCC in homozygote comparison (HisHis vs ArgArg, odds ratio, 1.55, 95% confidence interval, 1.10-2.18, P = 0.013); no het-erogeneity was observed (I2 = 0%). Our analysis suggests that the XRCC1 Arg280His polymorphism is associated with a higher risk of HCC.

Ahrens TD, Timme S, Hoeppner J, et al.
Selective inhibition of esophageal cancer cells by combination of HDAC inhibitors and Azacytidine.
Epigenetics. 2015; 10(5):431-45 [PubMed] Free Access to Full Article Related Publications
Esophageal cancers are highly aggressive tumors with poor prognosis despite some recent advances in surgical and radiochemotherapy treatment options. This study addressed the feasibility of drugs targeting epigenetic modifiers in esophageal squamous cell carcinoma (ESCC) and esophageal adenocarcinoma (EAC) cells. We tested inhibition of histone deacetylases (HDACs) by SAHA, MS-275, and FK228, inhibition of DNA methyltransferases by Azacytidine (AZA) and Decitabine (DAC), and the effect of combination treatment using both types of drugs. The drug targets, HDAC1/2/3 and DNMT1, were expressed in normal esophageal epithelium and tumor cells of ESCC or EAC tissue specimens, as well as in non-neoplastic esophageal epithelial (Het-1A), ESCC (OE21, Kyse-270, Kyse-410), and EAC (OE33, SK-GT-4) cell lines. In vitro, HDAC activity, histone acetylation, and p21 expression were similarly affected in non-neoplastic, ESCC, and EAC cell lines post inhibitor treatment. Combined MS-275/AZA treatment, however, selectively targeted esophageal cancer cell lines by inducing DNA damage, cell viability loss, and apoptosis, and by decreasing cell migration. Non-neoplastic Het-1A cells were protected against HDACi (MS-275)/AZA treatment. RNA transcriptome analyses post MS-275 and/or AZA treatment identified novel regulated candidate genes (up: BCL6, Hes2; down: FAIM, MLKL), which were specifically associated with the treatment responses of esophageal cancer cells. In summary, combined HDACi/AZA treatment is efficient and selective for the targeting of esophageal cancer cells, despite similar target expression of normal and esophageal cancer epithelium, in vitro and in human esophageal carcinomas. The precise mechanisms of action of treatment responses involve novel candidate genes regulated by HDACi/AZA in esophageal cancer cells. Together, targeting of epigenetic modifiers in esophageal cancers may represent a potential future therapeutic approach.

Gong F, Hou G, Liu H, Zhang M
Peroxiredoxin 1 promotes tumorigenesis through regulating the activity of mTOR/p70S6K pathway in esophageal squamous cell carcinoma.
Med Oncol. 2015; 32(2):455 [PubMed] Related Publications
The biological function of Peroxiredoxin 1 (Prdx1) in cancer is still ambiguous, and its mechanism has not been elucidated so far. Previous studies have shown that Prdx1 functions as tumor suppressor in several types of cancers, but other studies have indicated that it is overexpressed in some types of human cancers, and inhibition of Prdx1 by shRNA contributes to radiosensitivity and chemosensitivity. In this study, a suppression subtractive hybridization cDNA library between esophageal squamous cell carcinoma (ESCC) cell line EC9706 and noncancerous esophageal epithelial cell line Het-1A was constructed, and 11 tumorigenesis-associated genes including Prdx1 were isolated. In addition, we further confirmed that Prdx1 was overexpressed in ESCC cells at the level of protein compared with Het-1A (P < 0.05). Inhibition of Prdx1 by shRNA lentivirus decreased cell proliferation and invasion, and induced cell apoptosis, but did not affect cell cycle distribution of EC9706 cells (P > 0.05). Importantly, the total proteins of mTOR and p70S6K, as well as the activity of mTOR/p70S6K signaling pathway, were decreased in Prdx1-depletion EC9706 cells. Furthermore, the activity of mTOR/p70S6K signaling pathway was increased in Prdx1-overexpressing Het-1A cells. These findings mentioned above demonstrate that Prdx1 may be involved in tumorigenesis through regulation of mTOR/p70S6K pathway in ESCC.

Zhang B, Liu T, Wu T, et al.
microRNA-137 functions as a tumor suppressor in human non-small cell lung cancer by targeting SLC22A18.
Int J Biol Macromol. 2015; 74:111-8 [PubMed] Related Publications
Our previous study demonstrated that the overexpression of solute carrier family 22 member 18 (SLC22A18) in human non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) tissues might be associated with tumor progression and patients' prognosis. The aim of this study was to investigate the molecular mechanisms underlying its roles in NSCLC. As a result, bioinformatics analysis and luciferase reporter assay showed that microRNA (miRNA)-137 directly targeted SLC22A18 in NSCLC cells. Then, functional studies indicated that the ectopic expression of miR-137 significantly inhibited NSCLC cell proliferation, invasion and migration by targeting SLC22A18. More importantly, the decreased expression of miR-137 in clinical NSCLC tissues was correlated with advanced TNM stage, positive metastasis and poor prognosis of patients with this malignancy. In conclusion, these findings offer the convincing evidence that the roles of SLC22A18 in NSCLC progression may be partially caused by the regulatory effects of miR-137, which may function as a tumor suppressor. Our clinical data further indicated that miR-137 may be an independent favorable prognostic factor in NSCLC patients.

Geng P, Zhao X, Xiang L, et al.
Distinct role of CD86 polymorphisms (rs1129055, rs17281995) in risk of cancer: evidence from a meta-analysis.
PLoS One. 2014; 9(11):e109131 [PubMed] Free Access to Full Article Related Publications
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Previous studies concerning the role of CD86 polymorphisms (rs1129055 and rs17281995) in cancer fail to provide compelling evidence. The aim of this study was to investigate the role of common polymorphisms in the risk of cancer by meta-analysis.
METHODS: By using the search terms Cluster of Differentiation 86/CD86/B7-2/polymorphism/polymorphisms/cancer, we searched PubMed, Embase, CNKI, and Wanfang and identified four studies for rs1129055 (2137 subjects) and rs17281995 (2856 subjects) respectively. Cancer risk was estimated by odds ratio (OR) and 95% confidence interval (95% CI).
MAJOR FINDINGS: Overall, we observed significant reduced risk of cancer in relation to rs1129055. Compared with the individuals with AA genotype, the individuals with GG genotype appeared to have 62% decreased risk to develop cancer (GG versus AA: OR, 0.62; 95% CI, 0.49-0.79; P(het)., 0.996). Similar effects were indicated in the G versus A allele model and the GG versus GA+AA genetic model (OR, 0.83; 95% CI, 0.74-0.93; P(het)., 0.987; OR, 0.63; 95% CI, 0.50-0.79; P(het)., 0.973). In addition, we found genotypes of rs17281995 had a major effect on overall cancer risk (CC versus GG: OR, 2.38; 95% CI, 1.43-3.95; P(het)., 0.433; C versus G: OR, 1.23; 95% CI, 1.06-1.43; P(het)., 0.521; CC versus GC+GG: OR, 2.38; 95% CI, 1.45-3.93; P(het)., 0.443). The association was also observed in Caucasians and colorectal cancer. No obvious publication bias was detected in this meta-analysis.
CONCLUSIONS: These data reveal that rs1129055 may have protective effects on cancer risk in Asians and that rs17281995 is likely to contribute to risk of cancer, particularly colorectal cancer in Caucasians.

Syed N, Barbhuiya MA, Pinto SM, et al.
Phosphotyrosine profiling identifies ephrin receptor A2 as a potential therapeutic target in esophageal squamous-cell carcinoma.
Proteomics. 2015; 15(2-3):374-82 [PubMed] Free Access to Full Article Related Publications
Esophageal squamous-cell carcinoma (ESCC) is one of the most common malignancies in Asia. Currently, surgical resection of early-stage tumor is the best available treatment. However, most patients present late when surgery is not an option. Data suggest that chemotherapy regimens are inadequate for clinical management of advanced cancer. Targeted therapy has emerged as one of the most promising approaches to treat several malignancies. A prerequisite for developing targeted therapy is prior knowledge of proteins and pathways that drive proliferation in malignancies. We carried out phosphotyrosine profiling across four different ESCC cell lines and compared it to non-neoplastic Het-1A cell line to identify activated tyrosine kinase signaling pathways in ESCC. A total of 278 unique phosphopeptides were identified across these cell lines. This included several tyrosine kinases and their substrates that were hyperphosphorylated in ESCC. Ephrin receptor A2 (EPHA2), a receptor tyrosine kinase, was hyperphosphorylated in all the ESCC cell lines used in the study. EPHA2 is reported to be oncogenic in several cancers and is also known to promote metastasis. Immunohistochemistry-based studies have revealed EPHA2 is overexpressed in nearly 50% of ESCC. We demonstrated EPHA2 as a potential therapeutic target in ESCC by carrying out siRNA-based knockdown studies. Knockdown of EPHA2 in ESCC cell line TE8 resulted in significant decrease in cell proliferation and invasion, suggesting it is a promising therapeutic target in ESCC that warrants further evaluation.

Büller NV, Rosekrans SL, Metcalfe C, et al.
Stromal Indian hedgehog signaling is required for intestinal adenoma formation in mice.
Gastroenterology. 2015; 148(1):170-180.e6 [PubMed] Related Publications
BACKGROUND & AIMS: Indian hedgehog (IHH) is an epithelial-derived signal in the intestinal stroma, inducing factors that restrict epithelial proliferation and suppress activation of the immune system. In addition to these rapid effects of IHH signaling, IHH is required to maintain a stromal phenotype in which myofibroblasts and smooth muscle cells predominate. We investigated the role of IHH signaling during development of intestinal neoplasia in mice.
METHODS: Glioma-associated oncogene (Gli1)-CreERT2 and Patched (Ptch)-lacZ reporter mice were crossed with Apc(Min) mice to generate Gli1CreERT2-Rosa26-ZSGreen-Apc(Min) and Ptch-lacZ-Apc(Min) mice, which were used to identify hedgehog-responsive cells. Cyp1a1Cre-Apc (Apc(HET)) mice, which develop adenomas after administration of β-naphthoflavone, were crossed with mice with conditional disruption of Ihh in the small intestine epithelium. Apc(Min) mice were crossed with mice in which sonic hedgehog (SHH) was overexpressed specifically in the intestinal epithelium. Intestinal tissues were collected and analyzed histologically and by immunohistochemistry and quantitative reverse-transcription polymerase chain reaction. We also analyzed levels of IHH messenger RNA and expression of IHH gene targets in intestinal tissues from patients with familial adenomatous polyposis (n = 18) or sessile serrated adenomas (n = 15) and normal colonic tissue from control patients (n = 12).
RESULTS: Expression of IHH messenger RNA and its targets were increased in intestinal adenomas from patients and mice compared with control colon tissues. In mice, IHH signaling was exclusively paracrine, from the epithelium to the stroma. Loss of IHH from Apc(HET) mice almost completely blocked adenoma development, and overexpression of SHH increased the number and size of adenomas that developed. Loss of IHH from Apc(HET) mice changed the composition of the adenoma stroma; cells that expressed α-smooth muscle actin or desmin were lost, along with expression of cyclooxygenase-2, and the number of vimentin-positive cells increased.
CONCLUSIONS: Apc mutant epithelial cells secrete IHH to maintain an intestinal stromal phenotype that is required for adenoma development in mice.

Heath JL, Weiss JM, Lavau CP, Wechsler DS
Effects of iron depletion on CALM-AF10 leukemias.
Exp Hematol. 2014; 42(12):1022-30.e1 [PubMed] Free Access to Full Article Related Publications
Iron, an essential nutrient for cellular growth and proliferation, enters cells via clathrin-mediated endocytosis. The clathrin assembly lymphoid myeloid (CALM) protein plays an essential role in the cellular import of iron by clathrin-mediated endocytosis. CALM-AF10 leukemias harbor a single copy of the normal CALM gene and therefore may be more sensitive to the growth-inhibitory effect of iron restriction compared with normal hematopoietic cells. We found that CALM heterozygous (CALM(HET)) murine fibroblasts exhibit signs of iron deficiency, with increased surface transferrin receptor levels and reduced growth rates. CALM(HET) hematopoietic cells are more sensitive in vitro to iron chelators than their wild type counterparts. Iron chelation also displayed toxicity toward cultured CALM(HET)CALM-AF10 leukemia cells, and this effect was additive to that of chemotherapy. In mice transplanted with CALM(HET)CALM-AF10 leukemia, we found that dietary iron restriction reduced tumor burden in the spleen. However, dietary iron restriction, used alone or in conjunction with chemotherapy, did not increase survival of mice with CALM(HET)CALM-AF10 leukemia. In summary, although CALM heterozygosity results in iron deficiency and increased sensitivity to iron chelation in vitro, our data in mice do not suggest that iron depletion strategies would be beneficial for the therapy of CALM-AF10 leukemia patients.

Zhao X, Jiang K, Liang B, Huang X
STAT4 gene polymorphism and risk of chronic hepatitis B-induced hepatocellular carcinoma.
Cell Biochem Biophys. 2015; 71(1):353-7 [PubMed] Related Publications
STAT4 is a latent cytosolic factor that encodes a transcription factor transmitting signals stimulated by cytokines. Previous studies with different study designs in diverse ethnic populations have assessed the influence of STAT4 rs7574865 polymorphism on HBV-induced HCC risk. The aim of the current study was to investigate the effects in a larger sample. The individual reports published up to Dec. 30, 2013 were systematically identified by searching the PubMed and Embase databases. To combine the OR and corresponding 95% CI, we used the fixed effects model during meta-analysis. Based on eight independent populations with a total of 5,719 cases and 6,525 controls, we found a slightly reduced risk of HBV-induced HCC in individuals with the minor T allele compared with individuals with the common G allele (T versus G: OR = 0.87, 95% CI = 0.82-0.91, P(Het) = 0.974). Similar reductions were also indicated in all subgroups. The combined data indicate that STAT4 rs7574865 polymorphism may be associated with significantly reduced risk of HBV-induced HCC in Asian.

Fichter CD, Gudernatsch V, Przypadlo CM, et al.
ErbB targeting inhibitors repress cell migration of esophageal squamous cell carcinoma and adenocarcinoma cells by distinct signaling pathways.
J Mol Med (Berl). 2014; 92(11):1209-23 [PubMed] Related Publications
UNLABELLED: ErbB family receptor tyrosine kinases (ErbBs) play a role in cell adhesion and migration and are frequently overexpressed in esophageal squamous cell carcinomas (ESCCs) or esophageal adenocarcinomas (EACs). Targeting ErbBs by tyrosine kinase inhibitors (TKIs) may therefore limit esophageal cancer cell migration. Here, we studied the impact of TKIs on ErbB dimerization, cell signaling pathways, and cell migration in three esophageal cell lines: OE21 (ESCC), OE33 (EAC), and Het-1A (non-neoplastic esophageal epithelium). In OE21 cells, the TKIs erlotinib, gefitinib, and lapatinib slightly affected epidermal growth factor receptor EGFR/EGFR, but not EGFR/HER2 dimerization as detected by in situ proximity ligation assay (in situ PLA). Still, TKIs inhibited ERK1/2, Akt, STAT3, and RhoA activity in OE21 cells, as assessed by Western blot, antibody arrays, and Rho GTPase effector pull-down assays. This was accompanied by reduced OE21 cell migration, induction of focal adhesions, and actin cytoskeleton reorganization, as shown by Oris™ migration assay and focal adhesion kinase (FAK)/phalloidin staining. In contrast, in OE33 cells, only lapatinib decreased STAT5, Src family kinase (SFK), and FAK activity as well as β-catenin expression. This impeded cell migration and induced morphological changes in OE33 cells. No alterations were seen for the non-neoplastic Het-1A cells. Thus, we identified the ErbB signaling network as regulator of esophageal cancer cell's actin cytoskeleton, focal adhesions, and cell migration. ErbB targeted TKIs therefore also limit ESCC and EAC cell motility and migration.
KEY MESSAGE: Clinical tyrosine kinase inhibitors (TKIs) reduce esophageal cancer cell migration. Loss of cell migration is linked to reduced Akt, ERK1/2, STAT (3 or 5), FAK, SFKs, and RhoA activity. Clinical TKIs act via distinct signaling in the two main histotypes of esophageal cancer.

Resler AJ, Makar KW, Heath L, et al.
Genetic variation in prostaglandin synthesis and related pathways, NSAID use and colorectal cancer risk in the Colon Cancer Family Registry.
Carcinogenesis. 2014; 35(9):2121-6 [PubMed] Free Access to Full Article Related Publications
Although use of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) generally decreases colorectal cancer (CRC) risk, inherited genetic variation in inflammatory pathways may alter their potential as preventive agents. We investigated whether variation in prostaglandin synthesis and related pathways influences CRC risk in the Colon Cancer Family Registry by examining associations between 192 single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) and two variable nucleotide tandem repeats (VNTRs) within 17 candidate genes and CRC risk. We further assessed interactions between these polymorphisms and NSAID use on CRC risk. Using a case-unaffected-sibling-control design, this study included 1621 primary invasive CRC cases and 2592 sibling controls among Caucasian men and women aged 18-90. After adjustment for multiple comparisons, two intronic SNPs were associated with rectal cancer risk: rs11571364 in ALOX12 [OR(het/hzv) = 1.87, 95% confidence interval (CI) = 1.19-2.95, P = 0.03] and rs45525634 in PTGER2 (OR(het/hzv) = 0.49, 95% CI = 0.29-0.82, P = 0.03). Additionally, there was an interaction between NSAID use and the intronic SNP rs2920421 in ALOX12 on risk of CRC (P = 0.03); among those with heterozygous genotypes, risk was reduced for current NSAID users compared with never or former users (OR(het) = 0.60, 95% CI = 0.45-0.80), though not among those with homozygous wild-type or variant genotypes. The results of this study suggest that genetic variation in ALOX12 and PTGER2 may affect the risk of rectal cancer. In addition, this study suggests plausible interactions between NSAID use and variants in ALOX12 on CRC risk. These results may aid in the development of genetically targeted cancer prevention strategies with NSAIDs.

Johnson N, Dudbridge F, Orr N, et al.
Genetic variation at CYP3A is associated with age at menarche and breast cancer risk: a case-control study.
Breast Cancer Res. 2014; 16(3):R51 [PubMed] Free Access to Full Article Related Publications
INTRODUCTION: We have previously shown that a tag single nucleotide polymorphism (rs10235235), which maps to the CYP3A locus (7q22.1), was associated with a reduction in premenopausal urinary estrone glucuronide levels and a modest reduction in risk of breast cancer in women age ≤50 years.
METHODS: We further investigated the association of rs10235235 with breast cancer risk in a large case control study of 47,346 cases and 47,570 controls from 52 studies participating in the Breast Cancer Association Consortium. Genotyping of rs10235235 was conducted using a custom Illumina Infinium array. Stratified analyses were conducted to determine whether this association was modified by age at diagnosis, ethnicity, age at menarche or tumor characteristics.
RESULTS: We confirmed the association of rs10235235 with breast cancer risk for women of European ancestry but found no evidence that this association differed with age at diagnosis. Heterozygote and homozygote odds ratios (ORs) were OR = 0.98 (95% CI 0.94, 1.01; P = 0.2) and OR = 0.80 (95% CI 0.69, 0.93; P = 0.004), respectively (P(trend) = 0.02). There was no evidence of effect modification by tumor characteristics. rs10235235 was, however, associated with age at menarche in controls (P(trend) = 0.005) but not cases (P(trend) = 0.97). Consequently the association between rs10235235 and breast cancer risk differed according to age at menarche (P(het) = 0.02); the rare allele of rs10235235 was associated with a reduction in breast cancer risk for women who had their menarche age ≥15 years (OR(het) = 0.84, 95% CI 0.75, 0.94; OR(hom) = 0.81, 95% CI 0.51, 1.30; P(trend) = 0.002) but not for those who had their menarche age ≤11 years (OR(het) = 1.06, 95% CI 0.95, 1.19, OR(hom) = 1.07, 95% CI 0.67, 1.72; P(trend) = 0.29).
CONCLUSIONS: To our knowledge rs10235235 is the first single nucleotide polymorphism to be associated with both breast cancer risk and age at menarche consistent with the well-documented association between later age at menarche and a reduction in breast cancer risk. These associations are likely mediated via an effect on circulating hormone levels.

Ma W, Ma L, Zhe H, et al.
Detection of esophageal squamous cell carcinoma by cathepsin B activity in nude mice.
PLoS One. 2014; 9(3):e92351 [PubMed] Free Access to Full Article Related Publications
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE: Despite great progress in treatment, the prognosis for patients with esophageal squamous cell carcinoma (ESCC) remains poor, highlighting the importance of early detection. Although upper endoscopy can be used for the screening of esophagus, it has limited sensitivity for early stage disease. Thus, development of new diagnosis approach to improve diagnostic capabilities for early detection of ESCC is an important need. The aim of this study was to assess the feasibility of using cathepsin B (CB) as a novel imaging target for the detection of human ESCC by near-infrared optical imaging in nude mice.
METHODS: Initially, we examined specimens from normal human esophageal tissue, intraepithelial neoplasia lesions, tumor in situ, ESCC and two cell lines including one human ESCC cell line (Eca-109) and one normal human esophageal epithelial cell line (HET-1A) for CB expression by immunohistochemistry and western blot, respectively. Next, the ability of a novel CB activatable near-infrared fluorescence (NIRF) probe detecting CB activity presented in Eca-109 cells was confirmed by immunocytochemistry. We also performed in vivo imaging of tumor bearing mice injected with the CB probe and ex vivo imaging of resected tumor xenografts and visceral organs using a living imaging system. Finally, the sources of fluorescence signals in tumor tissue and CB expression in visceral organs were identified by histology.
RESULTS: CB was absent in normal human esophageal mucosa, but it was overexpressed in ESCC and its precursor lesions. The novel probe for CB activity specifically detected ESCC xenografts in vivo and in vitro.
CONCLUSIONS: CB was highly upregulated in human ESCC and its precursor lesions. The elevated CB expression in ESCC allowed in vivo and in vitro detection of ESCC xenografts in nude mice. Our results support the usefulness of CB activity as a potential imaging target for the detection of human ESCC.

Chu SH, Zhou ZM, Karri S, et al.
In vitro and in vivo radiosensitization of human glioma U251 cells induced by upregulated expression of SLC22A18.
Cancer Gene Ther. 2014; 21(3):103-9 [PubMed] Related Publications
Our previous study showed that solute carrier family 22 (organic cation transporter) member 18 (SLC22A18) downregulation via promoter methylation was associated with the development and progression of glioma, and the elevated expression of SLC22A18 was found to increase the sensitivity of glioma U251 cells to the anticancer drug 1,3-bis(2-chloroethyl)-1-nitrosourea. In this study, we investigated the possible upregulated expression of SLC22A18-induced enhancement of radiosensitivity of human glioma U251 cells in order to provide evidence in support of further clinical investigations. Stably overexpressing SLC22A18 human glioma U251 cells were generated to investigate the effect of SLC22A18 on the sensitivity of cells to irradiation in vitro using clonogenic survival assay. The apoptosis of U251 cells was examined with terminal deoxynucleotidyl transferase-mediated dUTP nick end labeling assay. DNA damage and repair were measured using γH2AX foci. The effect of SLC22A18 on the in vivo tumor radiosensitivity was investigated in the orthotopic mice model. Upregulated expression of SLC22A18 enhanced the radiosensitivity of glioma U251 cells and also enhanced irradiation-induced apoptosis of U251 cells, but irradiation-induced apoptosis did not correlate with radiosensitizing effect of upregulated expression of SLC22A18. The repair of irradiation-induced double-strand-breaks was retarded in stably overexpressing SLC22A18 U251 cells. In the orthotopic mice model, the upregulated expression of SLC22A18 in U251 cells enhanced the effect of irradiation treatment and increased the survival time of mice. These results show that upregulated expression of SLC22A18 radiosensitizes human glioma U251 cells by suppressing DNA repair capacity.

Gong F, Liu H, Li J, et al.
Peroxiredoxin 1 is involved in disassembly of flagella and cilia.
Biochem Biophys Res Commun. 2014; 444(3):420-6 [PubMed] Related Publications
Cilia/flagella are evolutionarily conserved cellular organelles. In this study, we demonstrated that Dunaliella salina Peroxiredoxin 1 (DsPrdx1) localized to the flagella and basal bodies, and was involved in flagellar disassembly. The link between DsPrdx1 and flagella of Dunaliella salina (D. salina) encouraged us to explore the function of its human homologue, Homo sapiens Peroxiredoxin 1 (HsPrdx1) in development and physiology. Our results showed that HsPrdx1 was overexpressed, and cilia were lost in esophageal squamous cell carcinoma (ESCC) cells compared with the non-cancerous esophageal epithelial cells Het-1A. Furthermore, when HsPrdx1 was knocked down by short hairpin RNA (shRNA) lentivirus in ESCC cells, the phenotype of cilia lost can be reversed, and the expression levels of tumor suppressor genes LKB1 and p-AMPK were increased, and the activity of the oncogene Aurora A was inhibited compared with those in cells transfected with scrambe-shRNA lentivirus. These findings firstly showed that Prdx1 is involved in disassembly of flagella and cilia, and suggested that the abnormal expression of the cilia-related gene including Prdx1 may affect both ciliogenesis and cancernogenesis.

Horne HN, Sherman ME, Garcia-Closas M, et al.
Breast cancer susceptibility risk associations and heterogeneity by E-cadherin tumor tissue expression.
Breast Cancer Res Treat. 2014; 143(1):181-7 [PubMed] Free Access to Full Article Related Publications
E-cadherin is involved in cell-cell adhesion and epithelial-to-mesenchymal transitions. In cancers, loss or inactivation of E-cadherin is associated with epithelial cell proliferation and invasion. Here, we sought to determine, if risk associations for 18 breast cancer susceptibility single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) differed by E-cadherin tumor tissue expression in the Polish Breast Cancer Study (PBCS), using data on 1,347 invasive breast cancer cases and 2,366 controls. E-cadherin expression (low/high) was assessed using immunohistochemical staining of tumor tissue microarrays. Replication data on 2,006 cases and 6,714 controls from the Study of Epidemiology and Risk Factors in Cancer Heredity was used to follow-up promising findings from PBCS. In PBCS, we found the rs11249433 SNP at the 1p11.2 locus to be more strongly associated with risk of E-cadherin low tumors (OR = 1.30, 95 % CI = 1.08-1.56) than with E-cadherin high tumors [OR = 1.06, 95 % CI = 0.95-1.18; case-only p-heterogeneity (p-het) = 0.05]. Findings in PBCS for rs11249433 were replicated in SEARCH. Combined analyses of the two datasets for SNP rs11249433 revealed significant heterogeneity by E-cadherin expression (combined case-only p-het = 0.004). Further, among carriers of rs11249433, the highest risk was seen for E-cadherin low tumors that were ER-positive and of lobular histology. Our results in two independent data sets suggest that rs11249433, which is located between the NOTCH2 and FCGR1B genes within the 1p11.2 locus, is more strongly associated with risk of breast tumors with low or absent E-cadherin expression, and suggest that evaluation of E-cadherin tumor tissue expression may be useful in clarifying breast cancer risk factor associations.

Nomura Y, Tanabe H, Moriichi K, et al.
Reduction of E-cadherin by human defensin-5 in esophageal squamous cells.
Biochem Biophys Res Commun. 2013; 439(1):71-7 [PubMed] Related Publications
Barrett's esophagus (BE) is metaplastic columnar epithelium converted from normal squamous epithelia in the distal esophagus that is thought to be a precancerous lesion of esophageal adenocarcinoma. BE is attributed to gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), and therefore gastric acid or bile acids are thought to be factors that cause epithelial cell damage and inflammation in the gastro-esophageal junction. The decrease of adherent junction molecules, E-cadherin has been reported to be associated with the progression of the Barrett's carcinoma, but the initiation of BE is not sufficiently understood. BE is characterized by the presence of goblet cells and occasionally Paneth cells are observed at the base of the crypts. The Paneth cells possess dense granules, in which human antimicrobial peptide human defensin-5 (HD-5) are stored and secreted out of the cells. This study determined the roles of HD-5 produced from metaplastic Paneth cells against adjacent to squamous cells in the gastro-esophageal junction. A human squamous cell line Het-1A, was incubated with the synthetic HD-5 peptide as a model of squamous cell in the gastro-esophageal junctions, and alterations of E-cadherin were investigated. Immunocytochemistry, flowcytometry, and Western blotting showed that the expression of E-cadherin protein was decreased. And a partial recovery from the decrease was observed by treatment with a CD10/neprilysin inhibitor (thiorphan). In conclusion, E-cadherin expression in squamous cells was reduced by HD-5 using in vitro experiments. In gastro-esophageal junction, HD-5 produced from metaplastic Paneth cells may therefore accelerate the initiation of BE.

Mohelnikova-Duchonova B, Brynychova V, Hlavac V, et al.
The association between the expression of solute carrier transporters and the prognosis of pancreatic cancer.
Cancer Chemother Pharmacol. 2013; 72(3):669-82 [PubMed] Related Publications
OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study was to investigate the prognostic significance of fourteen anticancer drug-relevant solute carrier transporters (SLCs) in pancreatic cancer in the context of clinical-pathological characteristics and the KRAS mutation status of tumors.
METHODS: Tumors and non-neoplastic pancreatic tissues were obtained from 32 histologically verified patients with pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma. The transcript profile of SLCs was assessed using quantitative real-time PCR. KRAS mutations in exon 2 were assessed by high-resolution melting analysis and confirmed by sequencing.
RESULTS: SLC22A3 and SLC22A18 were upregulated and SLC22A1, SLC22A2, SLC22A11, SLC28A1, SLC28A3 and SLC29A1 were downregulated when compared with non-neoplastic pancreatic tissues. Moreover, significantly lower levels of SLC22A1, SLC22A11 and SLC29A1 were found in tumors with angioinvasion. There was also a significantly higher transcript level of SLC28A1 in tumors with regional lymph nodes affected by metastasis. The study found that a high expression of SLC28A1 was significantly associated with poor overall survival in unselected patients. In contrast, a high expression of SLC22A3 or SLC29A3 was significantly associated with longer overall survival in patients treated with nucleoside analogs. Protein expression of SLC22A1, SLC22A3 and SLC29A3 in tumor tissues of patients with pancreatic carcinoma was observed by immunoblotting for the first time. Finally, SLC levels were not found to be associated with KRAS mutation status in exon 2.
CONCLUSIONS: This study identified a number of associations of transcript levels of SLCs with prognosis of pancreatic cancer patients.

Jacobs DI, Mao Y, Fu A, et al.
Dysregulated methylation at imprinted genes in prostate tumor tissue detected by methylation microarray.
BMC Urol. 2013; 13:37 [PubMed] Free Access to Full Article Related Publications
BACKGROUND: Imprinting is an important epigenetic regulator of gene expression that is often disrupted in cancer. While loss of imprinting (LOI) has been reported for two genes in prostate cancer (IGF2 and TFPI2), disease-related changes in methylation across all imprinted gene regions has not been investigated.
METHODS: Using an Illumina Infinium Methylation Assay, we analyzed methylation of 396 CpG sites in the promoter regions of 56 genes in a pooled sample of 12 pairs of prostate tumor and adjacent normal tissue. Selected LOI identified from the array was validated using the Sequenom EpiTYPER assay for individual samples and further confirmed by expression data from publicly available datasets.
RESULTS: Methylation significantly increased in 52 sites and significantly decreased in 17 sites across 28 unique genes (P < 0.05), and the strongest evidence for loss of imprinting was demonstrated in tumor suppressor genes DLK1, PLAGL1, SLC22A18, TP73, and WT1. Differential expression of these five genes in prostate tumor versus normal tissue using array data from a publicly available database were consistent with the observed LOI patterns, and WT1 hypermethylation was confirmed using quantitative DNA methylation analysis.
CONCLUSIONS: Together, these findings suggest a more widespread dysregulation of genetic imprinting in prostate cancer than previously reported and warrant further investigation.

Tea MK, Weghofer A, Wagner K, Singer CF
Association of BRCA1/2 mutations with FMR1 genotypes: effects on menarcheal and menopausal age.
Maturitas. 2013; 75(2):148-51 [PubMed] Related Publications
OBJECTIVE: Female BRCA (breast cancer gene)-1 and BRCA-2 mutations are significantly associated with risk of developing breast and ovarian cancers, in turn, associated with female infertility. BRCA-1 mutations have also been associated with occult primary ovarian insufficiency (OPOI), as have different mutations of the FMR1 gene. We, therefore, hypothesized that FMR1 genotypes may be associated with menarcheal and menopausal ages of BRCA mutation carriers.
PATIENTS: We compared the FMR1 genotype and sub-genotype distribution in 99 BRCA1/2 positive women and in 182 healthy women without a known history of familial breast and ovarian cancer and searched for associations with age at menarche and menopause. T-test was used to assess differences in menarcheal and menopause ages, with times of menarche and menopause as continuous variables.
RESULTS: Women with BRCA1/2 mutations showed significantly different FMR1 genotype and sub-genotype distributions when compared with the control group (p<0.001). This result remained stable in a sub-group analysis of Caucasian BRCA1/2 carriers and healthy controls (p<0.001). In addition, BRCA1/2 carriers indicated a trend toward shorter reproductive lifespan (p=0.18).
CONCLUSIONS: Our data confirm the previously reported highly skewed distribution of FMR1 genotypes and sub-genotypes toward a high preponderance of low FMR1 alleles in BRCA1/2 carriers. We could demonstrate that BRCA-1 mutations are associated with an earlier onset of menopause compared to BRCA-2 carriers, although the distribution of the het-norm/low genotype is similar in both groups. Our findings suggest that there may be other factors beside the genotype that has an influence on menarche and especially menopause age in BRCA mutation carriers.

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