Gene Summary

Gene:CDH1; cadherin 1, type 1
Aliases: UVO, CDHE, ECAD, LCAM, Arc-1, CD324
Summary:This gene is a classical cadherin from the cadherin superfamily. The encoded protein is a calcium dependent cell-cell adhesion glycoprotein comprised of five extracellular cadherin repeats, a transmembrane region and a highly conserved cytoplasmic tail. Mutations in this gene are correlated with gastric, breast, colorectal, thyroid and ovarian cancer. Loss of function is thought to contribute to progression in cancer by increasing proliferation, invasion, and/or metastasis. The ectodomain of this protein mediates bacterial adhesion to mammalian cells and the cytoplasmic domain is required for internalization. Identified transcript variants arise from mutation at consensus splice sites. [provided by RefSeq, Jul 2008]
Databases:OMIM, VEGA, HGNC, Ensembl, GeneCard, Gene
Source:NCBIAccessed: 21 August, 2015


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Cancer Overview

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Publications Per Year (1990-2015)
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Literature Analysis

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  • RNA Interference
  • Genetic Predisposition
  • beta Catenin
  • Cancer Gene Expression Regulation
  • Liver Cancer
  • Gene Expression Profiling
  • Adenocarcinoma
  • Epigenetics
  • MicroRNAs
  • Immunohistochemistry
  • DNA Mutational Analysis
  • Base Sequence
  • Weight Loss
  • Cell Proliferation
  • Gastrectomy
  • Tumor Burden
  • Down-Regulation
  • Cervical Cancer
  • Review Literature as Topic
  • DNA Methylation
  • Taiwan
  • Colorectal Cancer
  • Risk Factors
  • Chromosome 16
  • Cell Movement
  • Phenotype
  • Publication Bias
  • CDH1
  • Staging
  • Neoplasm Invasiveness
  • Homeodomain Proteins
  • Breast Cancer
  • Stomach Cancer
  • Case-Control Studies
  • Epithelial-Mesenchymal Transition
  • rap GTP-Binding Proteins
  • Cadherins
  • Germ-Line Mutation
  • Pedigree
  • CpG Islands
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Specific Cancers (6)

Data table showing topics related to specific cancers and associated disorders. Scope includes mutations and abnormal protein expression.

Entity Topic PubMed Papers
Stomach CancerCDH1 and Stomach Cancer View Publications298
Breast CancerCDH1 and Breast Cancer View Publications174
Hereditary Diffuse Gastric Cancer (HDGC)CDH1 and Hereditary Diffuse Gastric Cancer
Germline mutations of CDH1 are detected in around 30% of people diagnosed with Hereditary Diffuse Gastric Cancer. HDGC is a rare autosomal dominant inherited condition with increase risk of early onset and diffuse gastric cancer.
View Publications119
Colorectal CancerCDH1 and Colorectal Cancer View Publications80
Liver CancerCDH1 and Liver Cancer View Publications50
Cervical CancerCDH1 and Cervical Cancer View Publications20

Note: list is not exhaustive. Number of papers are based on searches of PubMed (click on topic title for arbitrary criteria used).

Latest Publications: CDH1 (cancer-related)

Amemiya Y, Bacopulos S, Al-Shawarby M, et al.
A Comparative Analysis of Breast and Ovarian Cancer-related Gene Mutations in Canadian and Saudi Arabian Patients with Breast Cancer.
Anticancer Res. 2015; 35(5):2601-10 [PubMed] Related Publications
Previous reports have indicated that patients with breast cancer who are from the Eastern Province of Saudi Arabia have a different gene expression profile from that known for their age-matched North American population. In the present study, breast tumor samples from Canadian and Saudi Arabian patients were screened for known and unknown mutations within BRCA1 and BRCA2 as well as 21 additional genes, including, ATM, BARD1, CDH1, P53, EPCAM, MSH6, and RAD50, which have been implicated in breast and ovarian cancer predisposition. A total of 129 non-synonymous mutations were identified by Ion Torrent amplicon sequencing. Forty-one mutations in 18 genes were unique to the Canadian population and 59 mutations in 20 genes were unique to the Saudi Arabian population. A total of 55/129 unique mutations in 22 genes were not previously reported in the database. Twenty-nine mutations in 16 genes were common to both populations; one of these mutations was not previously reported in the database. The most frequently mutated gene in both populations was the BRCA2 gene, followed by BRCA1 and TP53. Unique to this work is the identification of mutations frequently found in the Saudi Arabian population that are rare in the Canadian population. This work will allow direction of genetic analysis resources toward the clinical needs of each particular population.

Foda AA, El-Hawary AK, Aziz AA
Colorectal adenocarcinoma with mucinous component: relation of MMP-13, EGFR, and E-cadherin expressions to clinicopathological features and prognosis.
APMIS. 2015; 123(6):502-8 [PubMed] Related Publications
The aim of this study was to compare colorectal adenocarcinoma with mucinous component, ordinary adenocarcinoma (OA) and mucinous adenocarcinoma (MA) regarding clinicopathological parameters, survival, EGFR, MMP-13, and E-cadherin. We studied tumor tissue specimens from 28 patients with adenocarcinoma with mucinous component, 47 with OA, and 56 with MA, who underwent radical surgery from January 2007 to January 2012 at the Gastroenterology Centre, Mansoura University, Egypt. High density manual tissue microarrays were constructed and immunohistochemistry for EGFR, MMP-13, and E-cadherin was done. Colorectal adenocarcinoma with mucinous component (AWMC) was significantly associated with more perineural invasion, lower EGFR, and MMP-13 expressions than OA, with no difference in E-cadherin expression. Conversely, only microscopic abscess formation was significantly more with colorectal AWMC than MC with no difference in EGFR, MMP-13 and E-cadherin expression between both groups. Colorectal AWMC showed a better survival than MA with no difference with OA. In a univariate analysis, EGFR, MMP-13, and E-cadherin expressions did not show a significant impact on disease-free or overall survival in patients with colorectal AWMC. Colorectal AWMC remains a vague entity that resembles OA in some clinicopathological and molecular respects as well as MA.

Sequeiros T, Bastarós JM, Sánchez M, et al.
Urinary biomarkers for the detection of prostate cancer in patients with high-grade prostatic intraepithelial neoplasia.
Prostate. 2015; 75(10):1102-13 [PubMed] Related Publications
INTRODUCTION: High-grade prostatic intraepithelial neoplasia (HGPIN) is a recognized precursor stage of PCa. Men who present HGPIN in a first prostate biopsy face years of active surveillance including repeat biopsies. This study aimed to identify non-invasive prognostic biomarkers that differentiate early on between indolent HGPIN cases and those that will transform into actual PCa.
METHODS: We measured the expression of 21 candidate mRNA biomarkers using quantitative PCR in urine sediment samples from a cohort of 90 patients with initial diagnosis of HGPIN and a posterior follow up of at least two years. Uni- and multivariate statistical analyses were applied to analyze the candidate biomarkers and multiplex models using combinations of these biomarkers.
RESULTS: PSMA, PCA3, PSGR, GOLM, KLK3, CDH1, and SPINK1 behaved as predictors for PCa presence in repeat biopsies. Multiplex models outperformed (AUC = 0.81-0.86) the predictive power of single genes, including the FDA-approved PCA3 (AUC = 0.70). With a fixed sensitivity of 95%, the specificity of our multiplex models was of 41-58%, compared to the 30% of PCA3. The PPV of our models (30-38%) was also higher than the PPV of PCA3 (27%), suggesting that benign cases could be more accurately identified. Applying statistical models, we estimated that 33% to 47% of repeat biopsies could be prevented with a multiplex PCR model, representing an easy applicable and significant advantage over the current gold standard in urine sediment.
DISCUSSION: Using multiplex RTqPCR-based models in urine sediment it is possible to improve the current diagnostic method of choice (PCA3) to differentiate between benign HGPIN and PCa cases.

Person RJ, Ngalame NN, Makia NL, et al.
Chronic inorganic arsenic exposure in vitro induces a cancer cell phenotype in human peripheral lung epithelial cells.
Toxicol Appl Pharmacol. 2015; 286(1):36-43 [PubMed] Article available free on PMC after 01/07/2016 Related Publications
Inorganic arsenic is a human lung carcinogen. We studied the ability of chronic inorganic arsenic (2 μM; as sodium arsenite) exposure to induce a cancer phenotype in the immortalized, non-tumorigenic human lung peripheral epithelial cell line, HPL-1D. After 38 weeks of continuous arsenic exposure, secreted matrix metalloproteinase-2 (MMP2) activity increased to over 200% of control, levels linked to arsenic-induced cancer phenotypes in other cell lines. The invasive capacity of these chronic arsenic-treated lung epithelial (CATLE) cells increased to 320% of control and colony formation increased to 280% of control. CATLE cells showed enhanced proliferation in serum-free media indicative of autonomous growth. Compared to control cells, CATLE cells showed reduced protein expression of the tumor suppressor gene PTEN (decreased to 26% of control) and the putative tumor suppressor gene SLC38A3 (14% of control). Morphological evidence of epithelial-to-mesenchymal transition (EMT) occurred in CATLE cells together with appropriate changes in expression of the EMT markers vimentin (VIM; increased to 300% of control) and e-cadherin (CDH1; decreased to 16% of control). EMT is common in carcinogenic transformation of epithelial cells. CATLE cells showed increased KRAS (291%), ERK1/2 (274%), phosphorylated ERK (p-ERK; 152%), and phosphorylated AKT1 (p-AKT1; 170%) protein expression. Increased transcript expression of metallothioneins, MT1A and MT2A and the stress response genes HMOX1 (690%) and HIF1A (247%) occurred in CATLE cells possibly in adaptation to chronic arsenic exposure. Thus, arsenic induced multiple cancer cell characteristics in human peripheral lung epithelial cells. This model may be useful to assess mechanisms of arsenic-induced lung cancer.

Liu F, Li H, Chang H, et al.
Identification of hepatocellular carcinoma-associated hub genes and pathways by integrated microarray analysis.
Tumori. 2015 Mar-Apr; 101(2):206-14 [PubMed] Related Publications
AIMS AND BACKGROUND: Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) is a dismal malignancy associated with multiple molecular changes. The purpose of this study was to identify the differentially expressed genes and analyze the biological processes related to HCC.
METHODS AND STUDY DESIGN: Datasets of HCC were obtained from the NCBI Gene Expression Omnibus. Integrated analysis of differentially expressed genes was performed using the INMEX program. Then Gene Ontology enrichment analyses and pathway analysis were performed based on the Gene Ontology website and Kyoto Encyclopedia of Genes and Genomes. A protein-protein interaction network was constructed using the Cytoscape software; the netwerk served to find hub genes for HCC. Real-time RT-PCR was used to validate the microarray data for hub genes.
RESULTS: We identified 273 genes that were differentially expressed in HCC. Gene Ontology enrichment analyses revealed response to cadmium ion, cellular response to cadmium ion, and cellular response to zinc ion for these genes. Pathway analysis showed that significant pathways included fatty acid metabolism, butanoate metabolism, and PPAR signaling pathway. The protein-protein interaction network indicated that CDH1, ECHS1, ACAA1, MT2A, and MYC were important genes which participated in many interactions. Experimental validation of the role of four upregulated genes (ECHS1, ACAA1, MT2A and MYC) in the progression of HCC was carried out.
CONCLUSIONS: Our study displayed genes that were consistently differentially expressed in HCC. The biological pathways and protein-protein interaction networks associated with those genes were also identified. We predicted that CDH1, ECHS1, ACAA1, MT2A, and MYC might be target genes for diagnosing HCC.

Nolan KD, Franco OE, Hance MW, et al.
Tumor-secreted Hsp90 subverts polycomb function to drive prostate tumor growth and invasion.
J Biol Chem. 2015; 290(13):8271-82 [PubMed] Article available free on PMC after 27/03/2016 Related Publications
Prostate cancer remains the second highest contributor to male cancer-related lethality. The transition of a subset of tumors from indolent to invasive disease is associated with a poor clinical outcome. Activation of the epithelial to mesenchymal transition (EMT) genetic program is a major risk factor for cancer progression. We recently reported that secreted extracellular Hsp90 (eHsp90) initiates EMT in prostate cancer cells, coincident with its enhanced expression in mesenchymal models. Our current work substantially extended these findings in defining a pathway linking eHsp90 signaling to EZH2 function, a methyltransferase of the Polycomb repressor complex. EZH2 is also implicated in EMT activation, and its up-regulation represents one of the most frequent epigenetic alterations during prostate cancer progression. We have now highlighted a novel epigenetic function for eHsp90 via its modulation of EZH2 expression and activity. Mechanistically, eHsp90 initiated sustained activation of MEK/ERK, a signal critical for facilitating EZH2 transcriptional up-regulation and recruitment to the E-cadherin promoter. We further demonstrated that an eHsp90-EZH2 pathway orchestrates an expanded repertoire of EMT-related events including Snail and Twist expression, tumor cell motility, and anoikis resistance. To evaluate the role of eHsp90 in vivo, eHsp90 secretion was stably enforced in a prostate cancer cell line resembling indolent disease. Remarkably, eHsp90 was sufficient to induce tumor growth, suppress E-cadherin, and initiate localized invasion, events that are exquisitely dependent upon EZH2 function. In summary, our findings illuminate a hitherto unknown epigenetic function for eHsp90 and support a model wherein tumor eHsp90 functions as a rheostat for EZH2 expression and activity to orchestrate mesenchymal properties and coincident aggressive behavior.

Yanjun X, Wenming C, Lisha Y, et al.
Detection of CDH1 gene variants in early-onset diffuse gastric cancer in Chinese patients.
Clin Lab. 2014; 60(11):1823-30 [PubMed] Related Publications
BACKGROUND: The type and frequency of E-cadherin (CDH1) germline variants in China for the early-onset diffuse gastric cancer (EODGC) has not been well established. Our study tend to screen and characterize germline variants for CDH1 gene in EODGC patients and in general population in China.
METHODS: Peripheral blood samples were collected from 57 EODGC patients (age ≤ 40 years) who underwent resection surgery for primary gastric cancer. DNA was extracted from peripheral blood leucocytes and polymerase chain reaction amplification (PCR) was performed to amplify and sequence the CDH1 gene. Statistical analysis was performed using the SPSS 19 software.
RESULTS: CDH1 genetic screening results: 2 missense in exon 5 (c.778G > C, 26.3%) and 12 (c.2012C > G, 1.8%), and 1 synonymous (c.2200T > C, 72.8%) in exon 13. According to the c.2200T > C variant, the CDH1 C frequency was 62.3% and the T frequency 37.7%, while the CC homozygote frequency was 43.9%, the TT homozygote 19.3% and the CT heterozygote 36.8%. According to the c.778G > C variant, the CDH1 C frequency was 15.8% and the G frequency 84.2%, while the GG homozygote frequency was 68.4%, the GC heterozygote 31.6%. When comes to the c.2012C > G variant, the CDH1 C frequency was 98.2% and the G frequency 1.8%, while the CC homozygote frequency was 96.5%, the GC heterozygote 3.5%. Statistical association was analyzed among the EODGC patients and BDs group tested for the three variants. Lymph node metastasis rate was found to be significantly higher in patients with c.2200T > C (P = 0.04). The difference in OS with or without c.2200T > C variant was found to be sig- nificant (P < 0.05).
CONCLUSIONS: No deletions or insertions were found in the CDH1 exon boundaries. All of the variants resulted com- mon polymorphisms. CDH1 germline variants are present in EODGC patients in Chinese population, but they are mainly missense variants with unknown function which are likely associated with lymph node metastasis and OS.

Yamaguchi T, Mukai H, Yamashita S, et al.
Comprehensive DNA Methylation and Extensive Mutation Analyses of HER2-Positive Breast Cancer.
Oncology. 2015; 88(6):377-84 [PubMed] Related Publications
OBJECTIVE: Resistance to trastuzumab is a problem that remains to be solved in HER2-positive breast cancer. We aimed to characterize profiles of genetic and epigenetic alterations in cancer-related pathways in HER2-positive breast cancers, using biopsy tissue samples obtained from patients enrolled in a prospective neoadjuvant clinical trial.
METHODS: HER2-positive breast cancer tissue samples were collected and processed with the PAXgene Tissue System. A total of 24 breast cancers were analyzed. Genetic alterations of 409 cancer-related genes were analyzed by a bench-top next-generation sequencer. DNA methylation statuses were analyzed by a bead array with 485,512 probes.
RESULTS: The WNT pathway was potentially activated by aberrant methylation of its negative regulators, such as DKK3 and SFRP1, in 9 breast cancers. The AKT/mTOR pathway was activated by mutations of PIK3CA in 5 breast cancers. The Notch pathway was potentially activated by mutations of NOTCH1 and NOTCH2 in 4 breast cancers. The p53 pathway was inactivated by mutations of TP53 in 13 breast cancers and potentially by aberrant methylation of its downstream genes in 10 breast cancers. Cell adhesion was affected by mutations of CDH1 in 1 breast cancer.
CONCLUSION: Genes involved in cancer-related pathways were frequently affected not only by genetic but also by epigenetic alterations in HER2-positive breast cancer.

Zhou Y, Ming J, Xu Y, et al.
ERβ1 inhibits the migration and invasion of breast cancer cells through upregulation of E-cadherin in a Id1-dependent manner.
Biochem Biophys Res Commun. 2015; 457(2):141-7 [PubMed] Related Publications
ERβ1 is a member of the nuclear receptor superfamily of ligand-regulated transcription factors. It plays an important role in regulating the progression of breast cancer. However, the mechanisms of ERβ1 in tumorigenesis, metastasis and prognosis are still not fully clear. In this study, we showed that the expression of ERβ1 was positively correlated with E-cadherin expression in breast cancer cell lines. In addition, we found that ERβ1 upregulates E-cadherin expression in breast cancer cell lines. Furthermore, we also found that ERβ1 inhibits the migration and invasion of breast cancer cells and upregulated E-cadherin expression in a Id1-dependent manner. Taken together, our study provides further understanding of the molecular mechanism of ERβ1 in tumor metastasis and suggests the feasibility of developing novel therapeutic approaches to target Id1 to inhibit breast cancer metastasis.

Tan EJ, Kahata K, Idås O, et al.
The high mobility group A2 protein epigenetically silences the Cdh1 gene during epithelial-to-mesenchymal transition.
Nucleic Acids Res. 2015; 43(1):162-78 [PubMed] Article available free on PMC after 27/03/2016 Related Publications
The loss of the tumour suppressor E-cadherin (Cdh1) is a key event during tumourigenesis and epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT). Transforming growth factor-β (TGFβ) triggers EMT by inducing the expression of non-histone chromatin protein High Mobility Group A2 (HMGA2). We have previously shown that HMGA2, together with Smads, regulate a network of EMT-transcription factors (EMT-TFs) like Snail1, Snail2, ZEB1, ZEB2 and Twist1, most of which are well-known repressors of the Cdh1 gene. In this study, we show that the Cdh1 promoter is hypermethylated and epigenetically silenced in our constitutive EMT cell model, whereby HMGA2 is ectopically expressed in mammary epithelial NMuMG cells and these cells are highly motile and invasive. Furthermore, HMGA2 remodels the chromatin to favour binding of de novo DNA methyltransferase 3A (DNMT3A) to the Cdh1 promoter. E-cadherin expression could be restored after treatment with the DNA de-methylating agent 5-aza-2'-deoxycytidine. Here, we describe a new epigenetic role for HMGA2, which follows the actions that HMGA2 initiates via the EMT-TFs, thus achieving sustained silencing of E-cadherin expression and promoting tumour cell invasion.

Cardenas H, Vieth E, Lee J, et al.
TGF-β induces global changes in DNA methylation during the epithelial-to-mesenchymal transition in ovarian cancer cells.
Epigenetics. 2014; 9(11):1461-72 [PubMed] Related Publications
A key step in the process of metastasis is the epithelial-to-mesenchymal transition (EMT). We hypothesized that epigenetic mechanisms play a key role in EMT and to test this hypothesis we analyzed global and gene-specific changes in DNA methylation during TGF-β-induced EMT in ovarian cancer cells. Epigenetic profiling using the Infinium HumanMethylation450 BeadChip (HM450) revealed extensive (P < 0.01) methylation changes after TGF-β stimulation (468 and 390 CpG sites altered at 48 and 120 h post cytokine treatment, respectively). The majority of gene-specific TGF-β-induced methylation changes occurred in CpG islands located in or near promoters (193 and 494 genes hypermethylated at 48 and 120 h after TGF-β stimulation, respectively). Furthermore, methylation changes were sustained for the duration of TGF-β treatment and reversible after the cytokine removal. Pathway analysis of the hypermethylated loci identified functional networks strongly associated with EMT and cancer progression, including cellular movement, cell cycle, organ morphology, cellular development, and cell death and survival. Altered methylation and corresponding expression of specific genes during TGF-β-induced EMT included CDH1 (E-cadherin) and COL1A1 (collagen 1A1). Furthermore, TGF-β induced both expression and activity of DNA methyltransferases (DNMT) -1, -3A, and -3B, and treatment with the DNMT inhibitor SGI-110 prevented TGF-β-induced EMT. These results demonstrate that dynamic changes in the DNA methylome are implicated in TGF-β-induced EMT and metastasis. We suggest that targeting DNMTs may inhibit this process by reversing the EMT genes silenced by DNA methylation in cancer.

Kim SH, Kang JG, Kim CS, et al.
Herbimycin A inhibits cell growth with reversal of epithelial-mesenchymal transition in anaplastic thyroid carcinoma cells.
Biochem Biophys Res Commun. 2014; 455(3-4):363-70 [PubMed] Related Publications
We aimed to elucidate the effect of herbimycin A (HMA), a heat shock protein 90 inhibitor, on cell growth and epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT) in anaplastic thyroid carcinoma (ATC) cells. HMA inhibited cell growth and migration concomitantly with increase of E-cadherin as well as decrease of N-cadherin and vimentin. Moreover, HMA upregulated p21 and p27, while it downregulated p53 and Akt. In HMA-treated condition, knockdown of E-cadherin and overexpression of p53 increased N-cadherin and vimentin, and mitigated the inhibitory effects of HMA on cell growth and migration. Furthermore, knockdown of p21 and p27 ameliorated inhibition of cell growth and reversal of EMT. In addition, the activation of Akt attenuated growth inhibition, cell death and EMT reversal. Therefore, we propose that HMA suppresses cell growth, and reverses EMT in conjunction with the activation of E-cadherin, p21 and p27 and the inactivation of p53 and PI3K/Akt signaling in ATC cells.

Nurwidya F, Takahashi F, Kobayashi I, et al.
Treatment with insulin-like growth factor 1 receptor inhibitor reverses hypoxia-induced epithelial-mesenchymal transition in non-small cell lung cancer.
Biochem Biophys Res Commun. 2014; 455(3-4):332-8 [PubMed] Related Publications
Insulin-like growth factor 1 receptor (IGF1R) is expressed in many types of solid tumors including non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC), and enhanced activation of IGF1R is thought to reflect cancer progression. Epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT) has been established as one of the mechanisms responsible for cancer progression and metastasis, and microenvironment conditions, such as hypoxia, have been shown to induce EMT. The purposes of this study were to address the role of IGF1R activation in hypoxia-induced EMT in NSCLC and to determine whether inhibition of IGF1R might reverse hypoxia-induced EMT. Human NSCLC cell lines A549 and HCC2935 were exposed to hypoxia to investigate the expression of EMT-related genes and phenotypes. Gene expression analysis was performed by quantitative real-time PCR and cell phenotypes were studied by morphology assessment, scratch wound assay, and immunofluorescence. Hypoxia-exposed cells exhibited a spindle-shaped morphology with increased cell motility reminiscent of EMT, and demonstrated the loss of E-cadherin and increased expression of fibronectin and vimentin. Hypoxia also led to increased expression of IGF1, IGF binding protein-3 (IGFBP3), and IGF1R, but not transforming growth factor β1 (TGFβ1). Inhibition of hypoxia-inducible factor 1α (HIF1α) with YC-1 abrogated activation of IGF1R, and reduced IGF1 and IGFBP3 expression in hypoxic cells. Furthermore, inhibition of IGF1R using AEW541 in hypoxic condition restored E-cadherin expression, and reduced expression of fibronectin and vimentin. Finally, IGF1 stimulation of normoxic cells induced EMT. Our findings indicated that hypoxia induced EMT in NSCLC cells through activation of IGF1R, and that IGF1R inhibition reversed these phenomena. These results suggest a potential role for targeting IGF1R in the prevention of hypoxia-induced cancer progression and metastasis mediated by EMT.

Yao X, Ireland SK, Pham T, et al.
TLE1 promotes EMT in A549 lung cancer cells through suppression of E-cadherin.
Biochem Biophys Res Commun. 2014; 455(3-4):277-84 [PubMed] Article available free on PMC after 12/12/2015 Related Publications
The Groucho transcriptional corepressor TLE1 protein has recently been shown to be a putative lung specific oncogene, but its underlying oncogenic activity in lung cancer has not been fully elucidated. In this report, we investigated whether TLE1 regulates lung cancer aggressiveness using the human lung adenocarcinoma cell line A549 as a model system. Through a combination of genetic approaches, we found that TLE1 potentiates epithelial-to-mesenchymal transition (EMT) in A549 cells in part through suppression of the tumor suppressor gene E-cadherin. Exogenous expression of TLE1 in A549 cells resulted in heightened EMT phenotypes (enhanced fibroblastoid morphology and increased cell migratory potential) and in molecular alterations characteristic of EMT (downregulation of the epithelial marker E-cadherin and upregulation of the mesenchymal marker Vimentin). Conversely, downregulation of endogenous TLE1 expression in these cells resulted in reversal of basal EMT characterized by a cuboidal-like epithelial cell phenotype, reduced cell motility, and upregulated E-cadherin expression. Mechanistic studies showed that TLE1 suppresses E-cadherin expression at the transcriptional level in part by recruiting histone deacetylase (HDAC) activity to the E-cadherin promoter. Consistently, the HDAC inhibitor TSA partially reversed the TLE1-induced E-cadherin downregulation and cell migration, suggesting a role for HDACs in TLE1-mediated transcriptional repression of E-cadherin and EMT function. These findings uncover a novel role of TLE1 in regulating EMT in A549 cells through its repressive effect on E-cadherin and provide a mechanism for TLE1 oncogenic activity in lung cancer.

Pinheiro H, Oliveira C, Seruca R, Carneiro F
Hereditary diffuse gastric cancer - pathophysiology and clinical management.
Best Pract Res Clin Gastroenterol. 2014; 28(6):1055-68 [PubMed] Related Publications
Hereditary Diffuse Gastric Cancer is an autosomal dominant inherited gastric cancer syndrome caused by germline alterations in CDH1 (E-cadherin) and CTNNA1 (alpha-E-catenin) genes. Germline CDH1 alterations encompass small frameshifts, splice-site, nonsense, and missense mutations, as well as large rearrangements. Most CDH1 truncating mutations are pathogenic, and several missense CDH1 mutations have a deleterious effect on E-cadherin function. CDH1 testing should be performed in probands. Screening of at-risk individuals is indicated from the age of consent following counselling with a multidisciplinary team. In mutation-positive individuals prophylactic gastrectomy is recommended. Endoscopic surveillance is an option for those refusing/postponing gastrectomy, those with mutations of undetermined significance, and in CDH1-negative families. Ongoing research focus on the search of genetic causes other than CDH1 or CTNNA1 germline defects; assessment of the pathogenicity and penetrance of CDH1 missense mutations and identification of somatic mechanisms behind the progression from early (indolent) lesions to invasive (lethal) carcinomas.

Hesson LB, Sloane MA, Wong JW, et al.
Altered promoter nucleosome positioning is an early event in gene silencing.
Epigenetics. 2014; 9(10):1422-30 [PubMed] Related Publications
Gene silencing in cancer frequently involves hypermethylation and dense nucleosome occupancy across promoter regions. How a promoter transitions to this silent state is unclear. Using colorectal adenomas, we investigated nucleosome positioning, DNA methylation, and gene expression in the early stages of gene silencing. Genome-wide gene expression correlated with highly positioned nucleosomes upstream and downstream of a nucleosome-depleted transcription start site (TSS). Hypermethylated promoters displayed increased nucleosome occupancy, specifically at the TSS. We investigated 2 genes, CDH1 and CDKN2B, which were silenced in adenomas but lacked promoter hypermethylation. Instead, silencing correlated with loss of nucleosomes from the -2 position upstream of the TSS relative to normal mucosa. In contrast, permanent CDH1 silencing in carcinoma cells was characterized by promoter hypermethylation and dense nucleosome occupancy. Our findings suggest that silenced genes transition through an intermediary stage involving altered promoter nucleosome positioning, before permanent silencing by hypermethylation and dense nucleosome occupancy.

Wang X, Xu J, Wang H, et al.
Trichostatin A, a histone deacetylase inhibitor, reverses epithelial-mesenchymal transition in colorectal cancer SW480 and prostate cancer PC3 cells.
Biochem Biophys Res Commun. 2015; 456(1):320-6 [PubMed] Related Publications
Trichostatin A (TSA) is a kind of classical histone deacetylase (HDAC) inhibitor. In this study, we reported the reversal effects of TSA on EMT and investigated the possible involved molecular mechanisms in SW480 and PC3 cells. Firstly, we observed that TSA induced the reversal process of epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT) in SW480 and PC3 cells, resulting in attenuated cell invasion and migration abilities. TSA-induced EMT reversal was characterized by up-regulation of E-cadherin and down-regulation of Vimentin. Then, treatment with TSA also decreased the expression of transcription factor Slug. Furthermore, over-expression of Slug significantly caused down-regulation of E-cadherin and up-regulation of Vimentin. Meanwhile, TSA treatment in Slug-expressing cells could prevent these changes. These findings suggested that Slug played a crucial role in TSA-induced EMT reversal. Additionally, the study showed that TSA could induce the increase of HDAC1 and HDAC2 on the Slug gene promoter, which might be responsible for the suppression of Slug. Overall, TSA could reverse EMT in SW480 and PC3 cells and TSA-mediated down-regulation of Slug was involved in the reversal process.

Flatley JE, Sargent A, Kitchener HC, et al.
Tumour suppressor gene methylation and cervical cell folate concentration are determinants of high-risk human papillomavirus persistence: a nested case control study.
BMC Cancer. 2014; 14:803 [PubMed] Article available free on PMC after 12/12/2015 Related Publications
BACKGROUND: Persistent infection with one or more high-risk human papillomavirus [HR-HPV] types increases the risk of intraepithelial neoplasia and cervical cancer. A nested case-control study was conducted to investigate the importance of cervical cell folate concentration and tumour suppressor gene methylation as risk factors for HR-HPV persistence.
METHODS: Cervical cell samples from 955 women with HR-HPV infection and normal, borderline or mild dyskaryosis were retrieved from the archive of a population-based screening trial. Women were classified as cases or controls, reflecting the presence or absence [respectively] of any HR-HPV infection at a follow-up clinic at least 6 months from baseline. Cervical cell folate concentration and promoter methylation of five tumour suppressor genes were measured in independent samples from cases and controls.
RESULTS: A higher cervical cell folate concentration [P = 0.015] was an independent predictor of infection at follow-up, together with infection with HPV-16 or infection with multiple HR-HPV types. Methylation of the tumour suppressor gene DAPK was associated with a 2.64-fold [95% CI, 1.35-5.17] increased likelihood of HPV infection whilst CDH1 methylation was associated with a 0.53-fold [95% CI, 0.331-0.844] likelihood of HR-HPV infection at follow-up. When considering women with normal or abnormal cytology, the predictive effect of higher cervical cell folate was only seen in women with mild cytology [P = 0.021]; similarly the effect of DAPK methylation was seen in women with mild or borderline cytology [P < 0.05].
CONCLUSIONS: Higher cervical cell folate concentration and promoter methylation of the tumour suppressor gene, DAPK, in women with cervical cell dyskaryosis, are associated with increased risk of HR-HPV persistence.

Wang CA, Drasin D, Pham C, et al.
Homeoprotein Six2 promotes breast cancer metastasis via transcriptional and epigenetic control of E-cadherin expression.
Cancer Res. 2014; 74(24):7357-70 [PubMed] Article available free on PMC after 15/12/2015 Related Publications
Misexpression of developmental transcription factors occurs often in human cancers, where embryonic programs may be reinstated in a context that promotes or sustains malignant development. In this study, we report the involvement of the kidney development transcription factor Six2 in the metastatic progression of human breast cancer. We found that Six2 promoted breast cancer metastasis by a novel mechanism involving both transcriptional and epigenetic regulation of E-cadherin. Downregulation of E-cadherin by Six2 was necessary for its ability to increase soft agar growth and in vivo metastasis in an immunocompetent mouse model of breast cancer. Mechanistic investigations showed that Six2 represses E-cadherin expression by upregulating Zeb2, in part, through a microRNA-mediated mechanism and by stimulating promoter methylation of the E-cadherin gene (Cdh1). Clinically, SIX2 expression correlated inversely with CDH1 expression in human breast cancer specimens, corroborating the disease relevance of their interaction. Our findings establish Six2 as a regulator of metastasis in human breast cancers and demonstrate an epigenetic function for SIX family transcription factors in metastatic progression through the regulation of E-cadherin.

Gaston D, Hansford S, Oliveira C, et al.
Germline mutations in MAP3K6 are associated with familial gastric cancer.
PLoS Genet. 2014; 10(10):e1004669 [PubMed] Article available free on PMC after 15/12/2015 Related Publications
Gastric cancer is among the leading causes of cancer-related deaths worldwide. While heritable forms of gastric cancer are relatively rare, identifying the genes responsible for such cases can inform diagnosis and treatment for both hereditary and sporadic cases of gastric cancer. Mutations in the E-cadherin gene, CDH1, account for 40% of the most common form of familial gastric cancer (FGC), hereditary diffuse gastric cancer (HDGC). The genes responsible for the remaining forms of FGC are currently unknown. Here we examined a large family from Maritime Canada with FGC without CDH1 mutations, and identified a germline coding variant (p.P946L) in mitogen-activated protein kinase kinase kinase 6 (MAP3K6). Based on conservation, predicted pathogenicity and a known role of the gene in cancer predisposition, MAP3K6 was considered a strong candidate and was investigated further. Screening of an additional 115 unrelated individuals with non-CDH1 FGC identified the p.P946L MAP3K6 variant, as well as four additional coding variants in MAP3K6 (p.F849Sfs*142, p.P958T, p.D200Y and p.V207G). A somatic second-hit variant (p.H506Y) was present in DNA obtained from one of the tumor specimens, and evidence of DNA hypermethylation within the MAP3K6 gene was observed in DNA from the tumor of another affected individual. These findings, together with previous evidence from mouse models that MAP3K6 acts as a tumor suppressor, and studies showing the presence of somatic mutations in MAP3K6 in non-hereditary gastric cancers and gastric cancer cell lines, point towards MAP3K6 variants as a predisposing factor for FGC.

Jing H, Dai F, Zhao C, et al.
Association of genetic variants in and promoter hypermethylation of CDH1 with gastric cancer: a meta-analysis.
Medicine (Baltimore). 2014; 93(19):e107 [PubMed] Related Publications
Gastric cancer (GC) is a common cause of cancer-related death. The etiology and pathogenesis of GC remain unclear, with genetic and epigenetic factors playing an important role. Previous studies investigated the association of GC with many genetic variants in and promoter hypermethylation of E-cadherin gene (CDH1), with conflicting results reported.To clarify this inconsistency, we conducted updated meta-analyses to assess the association of genetic variants in and the promoter hypermethylation of CDH1 with GC, including C-160A (rs16260) and other less-studied genetic variants,Data sources were PubMed, Cochrane Library, Google Scholar, Web of Knowledge, and HuGE, a navigator for human genome epidemiology.Study eligibility criteria and participant details are as follows: studies were conducted on human subjects; outcomes of interest include GC; report of genotype data of individual genetic variants in (or methylation status of) CDH1 in participants with and without GC (or providing odds ratios [OR] and their variances).Study appraisal and synthesis methods included the use of OR as a measure of the association, calculated from random effects models in meta-analyses. We used I for the assessment of between-study heterogeneity, and publication bias was assessed using funnel plot and Egger test.A total of 33 studies from 30 published articles met the eligibility criteria and were included in our analyses. We found no association between C-160A and GC (OR = 0.88; 95% confidence interval [CI], 0.71-1.08; P = 0.215), assuming an additive model (reference allele C). C-160A was associated with cardia (OR = 0.21; 95% CI, 0.11-0.41; P = 2.60 × 10), intestinal (OR = 0.66; 95% CI, 0.49-0.90; P = 0.008), and diffuse GC (OR = 0.57; 95% CI, 0.40-0.82; P = 0.002). The association of C-160A with noncardia GC is of bottom line significance (OR = 0.65; 95% CI, 0.42-1.01; P = 0.054). Multiple other less-studied genetic variants in CDH1 also exhibited association with GC. Gene-based analysis indicated a significant cumulative association of genetic variants in CDH1 with GC (all Ps <10). Sensitivity analysis excluding studies not meeting Hardy-Weinberg equilibrium (HWE) yielded similar results. Analysis by ethnic groups revealed significant association of C-160A with cardia GC in both Asian and whites, significant association with noncardia GC only in Asians, and no significant association with intestinal GC in both ethnic groups. There was significant association of C160-A with diffuse GC in Asians (P = 0.011) but not in whites (P = 0.081). However, after excluding studies that violate HWE, this observed association is no longer significant (P = 0.126). We observed strong association of promoter hypermethylation of CDH1 with GC (OR = 12.23; 95% CI, 8.80-17.00; P = 1.42 × 10), suggesting that epigenetic regulation of CDH1 could play a critical role in the etiology of GC.Limitations of this study are as follows: we could not adjust for confounding factors; some meta-analyses were based on a small number of studies; sensitivity analysis was limited due to unavailability of data; we could not test publication bias for some meta-analyses due to small number of included studies.We found no significant association of the widely studied genetic variant C-160A, but identified some other genetic variants showing significant association with GC. Future studies with large sample sizes that control for confounding risk factors and/or intensively interrogate CpG sites in CDH1 are needed to validate the results found in this study and to explore additional epigenetic loci that affect GC risk.

Torres-Martin M, Lassaletta L, Isla A, et al.
Global expression profile in low grade meningiomas and schwannomas shows upregulation of PDGFD, CDH1 and SLIT2 compared to their healthy tissue.
Oncol Rep. 2014; 32(6):2327-34 [PubMed] Article available free on PMC after 15/12/2015 Related Publications
Schwannomas and grade I meningiomas are non‑metastatic neoplasms that share the common mutation of gene NF2. They usually appear in neurofibromatosis type 2 patients. Currently, there is no drug treatment available for both tumors, thus the use of wide expression technologies is crucial to identify therapeutic targets. Affymetrix Human Gene 1.0 ST was used to test global gene expression in 22 meningiomas, 31 schwannomas and, as non-tumoral controls, 3 healthy meningeal tissues, 8 non-tumoral nerves and 1 primary Schwann cell culture. A non-stringent P-value cut-off and fold change were used to establish deregulated genes. We identified a subset of genes that were upregulated in meningiomas and schwannomas when compared to their respectively healthy tissues, including PDGFD, CDH1 and SLIT2. Thus, these genes should be thoroughly studied as targets in a possible combined treatment.

Corso G, Figueiredo J, Biffi R, et al.
E-cadherin germline mutation carriers: clinical management and genetic implications.
Cancer Metastasis Rev. 2014; 33(4):1081-94 [PubMed] Related Publications
Hereditary diffuse gastric cancer is an autosomic dominant syndrome associated with E-cadherin protein (CDH1) gene germline mutations. Clinical criteria for genetic screening were revised in 2010 by the International Gastric Cancer Linkage Consortium at the Cambridge meeting. About 40 % of families fulfilling clinical criteria for this inherited disease present deleterious CDH1 germline mutations. Lobular breast cancer is a neoplastic condition associated with hereditary diffuse gastric cancer syndrome. E-cadherin constitutional mutations have been described in both settings, in gastric and breast cancers. The management of CDH1 asymptomatic mutation carriers requires a multidisciplinary approach; the only life-saving procedure is the prophylactic total gastrectomy after thorough genetic counselling. Several prophylactic gastrectomies have been performed to date; conversely, no prophylactic mastectomies have been described in CDH1 mutant carriers. However, the recent discovery of novel germline alterations in pedigree clustering only for lobular breast cancer opens up a new debate in the management of these individuals. In this critical review, we describe the clinical management of CDH1 germline mutant carriers providing specific recommendations for genetic counselling, clinical criteria, surveillance and/ or prophylactic surgery.

Nadauld LD, Garcia S, Natsoulis G, et al.
Metastatic tumor evolution and organoid modeling implicate TGFBR2 as a cancer driver in diffuse gastric cancer.
Genome Biol. 2014; 15(8):428 [PubMed] Article available free on PMC after 15/12/2015 Related Publications
BACKGROUND: Gastric cancer is the second-leading cause of global cancer deaths, with metastatic disease representing the primary cause of mortality. To identify candidate drivers involved in oncogenesis and tumor evolution, we conduct an extensive genome sequencing analysis of metastatic progression in a diffuse gastric cancer. This involves a comparison between a primary tumor from a hereditary diffuse gastric cancer syndrome proband and its recurrence as an ovarian metastasis.
RESULTS: Both the primary tumor and ovarian metastasis have common biallelic loss-of-function of both the CDH1 and TP53 tumor suppressors, indicating a common genetic origin. While the primary tumor exhibits amplification of the Fibroblast growth factor receptor 2 (FGFR2) gene, the metastasis notably lacks FGFR2 amplification but rather possesses unique biallelic alterations of Transforming growth factor-beta receptor 2 (TGFBR2), indicating the divergent in vivo evolution of a TGFBR2-mutant metastatic clonal population in this patient. As TGFBR2 mutations have not previously been functionally validated in gastric cancer, we modeled the metastatic potential of TGFBR2 loss in a murine three-dimensional primary gastric organoid culture. The Tgfbr2 shRNA knockdown within Cdh1-/-; Tp53-/- organoids generates invasion in vitro and robust metastatic tumorigenicity in vivo, confirming Tgfbr2 metastasis suppressor activity.
CONCLUSIONS: We document the metastatic differentiation and genetic heterogeneity of diffuse gastric cancer and reveal the potential metastatic role of TGFBR2 loss-of-function. In support of this study, we apply a murine primary organoid culture method capable of recapitulating in vivo metastatic gastric cancer. Overall, we describe an integrated approach to identify and functionally validate putative cancer drivers involved in metastasis.

Ziegler E, Hansen MT, Haase M, et al.
Generation of MCF-7 cells with aggressive metastatic potential in vitro and in vivo.
Breast Cancer Res Treat. 2014; 148(2):269-77 [PubMed] Related Publications
Epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT) is a cellular development program characterized by loss of cell adhesion and increased cell mobility. It is essential for numerous processes including metastasis. In this study we have generated "aggressive" MCF-7 breast cancer cells (MCF-7-EMT), which show significantly increased invasion in contrast to wild type MCF-7 (MCF-7 WT) cells. In addition, we have analyzed, whether these cell lines differ in their metastatic behavior in vivo and in expression of invasion and/or EMT-relevant genes. Invasive behavior of different human breast cancer cell lines was tested. "Aggressive" MCF-7 cells (MCF-7-EMT) were generated using coculture and mammosphere culture techniques. To analyze whether or not MCF-7-EMT cells in contrast to MCF-7 WT cells form metastases in vivo, we assessed metastases in a nude mouse model. mRNA expression profiles of MCF-7 WT cells and MCF-7-EMT cells were compared using the Affymetrix micro array technique. Expression of selected genes was validated using real-time PCR. In addition, protein expression of epithelial marker E-cadherin (CDH1) and mesenchymal markers N-cadherin (CDH2), Vimentin (VIM), and TWIST was compared. The breast cancer cell lines showed different invasive behavior from hardly any invasion to a stronger cell movement. Coculture with osteoblast-like MG63 cells led to significantly increased cell invasion rates. The highest increase was shown using MCF-7 WT cells. Generated MCF-7-EMT cells showed significantly increased invasion as compared to MCF-7 WT cells. In 8 of 10 mice bearing orthotopically growing MCF-7-EMT tumors, we could detect metastases in liver and lung. In mice bearing MCF-7 WT tumors (n = 10), no metastases were found. MCF-7 WT cells and MCF-7-EMT cells were different in expression of 325 genes. Forty-four of the most regulated 50 invasion and/or EMT-related genes were upregulated and 6 genes were downregulated in MCF-7-EMT cells. Protein expression of mesenchymal markers CDH2, VIM, and TWIST was clearly increased in MCF-7-EMT cells. Protein expression of epithelial marker CDH1 was clearly decreased. With the breast cancer cell lines, MCF-7-EMT and MCF-7 WT cells, we have an excellent model of cells for further studies of EMT and invasion in vitro and in vivo.

Meng J, Sun B, Zhao X, et al.
Doxycycline as an inhibitor of the epithelial-to-mesenchymal transition and vasculogenic mimicry in hepatocellular carcinoma.
Mol Cancer Ther. 2014; 13(12):3107-22 [PubMed] Related Publications
This study was conducted to examine the effects of doxycycline on the survival time and proliferation of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) in vivo and on the biologic functions of HCC in vitro. This study was also designed to evaluate the effects of doxycycline on epithelial-to-mesenchymal transition (EMT)- and vasculogenic mimicry (VM)-related protein expression and on matrix metalloproteinase (MMP) and DNA methyltransferase (DNMT) activity in vitro. Human MHCC97H cells were injected into BALB/c mice, which were divided into treatment and control groups. Doxycycline treatment prolonged the mouse survival time and partly suppressed the growth of engrafted HCC tumor cells, with an inhibition rate of 43.39%. Higher amounts of VM and endothelium-dependent vessels were found in the control group than the treatment group. IHC indicated that epithelial (E)-cadherin expression was increased in the doxycycline-treated mice compared with the control group. In in vitro experiments, doxycycline promoted HCC cell adhesion but inhibited HCC cell viability, proliferation, migration, and invasion. Western blot analysis, semiquantitative RT-PCR, qRT-PCR, and immunofluorescence demonstrated that doxycycline inhibited the degradation of the epithelial marker E-cadherin and downregulated the expression levels of EMT promoters, the mesenchymal marker vimentin, and the VM-associated marker vascular endothelial (VE)-cadherin. Furthermore, the activities of MMPs and DNMTs were examined in different groups via gelatin zymography and a DNMT activity assay kit. A methylation-specific PCR was performed to assess the promoter methylation of CDH1 (the gene encoding E-cadherin). Doxycycline prolonged the mouse survival time by inhibiting EMT progression and VM formation.

Zhang P, Lu Y, Liu XY, Zhou YH
Knockdown of Rho-associated protein kinase 1 suppresses proliferation and invasion of glioma cells.
Tumour Biol. 2015; 36(1):421-8 [PubMed] Related Publications
Rho-associated protein kinase 1 (ROCK1), a serine/threonine protein kinase, affects cell invasion and migration by changing the status of the cytoskeleton. In recent years, ROCK1 was found to be overexpressed in a variety of tumors. However, the information of ROCK1 in glioma still remains elusive. In our study, the expression of ROCK1 in glioma tissues was examined by real-time PCR and the relationship between ROCK1 expression and clinical characteristics of patients with glioma was also analyzed. With the inhibition of ROCK1 expression by RNAi, the effects of ROCK1 on biological behaviors of glioma cells including cell viability, cell cycle, and cell invasion were probed in the U251 cell line by methyl thiazolyl tetrazolium (MTT) assay, flow cytometer analysis, and Transwell invasion experiment. In addition, the effects of ROCK1 on the regulation of Ki67, cyclin D1, matrix metalloproteinases 9 (MMP9), and E-cadherin were also investigated. The results indicated that ROCK1 messenger RNA (mRNA) was increased significantly compared to that in the adjacent normal tissue (P < 0.05) and the expression level of ROCK1 mRNA in high-grade malignant glioma tissue was significantly higher than that in low-grade malignant glioma tissue (P < 0.05). MTT assay and flow cytometer analysis revealed that the cell viability and cell proliferation in the ROCK1 small interfering RNA (siRNA) transfection group were markedly lower than those in the blank or negative control group (P < 0.05), and no obvious differences were found between the blank group and negative control group. The Transwell invasion experiments showed that the invasive ability of U251 cells in the ROCK1 siRNA transfection group was obviously lower than that in the blank or negative control group (P < 0.05), and there were no visible differences between the blank group and negative control group. Western blot demonstrated that the protein levels of Ki67, cyclin D1, and MMP9 in the ROCK1 siRNA transfection group were distinctly lower than those in the blank or negative control group (P < 0.05) and that the protein level of E-cadherin displayed an opposite variation (P < 0.05). In summary, the expressions of ROCK1 in glioma tissue were visibly upregulated and the increase of ROCK1 had a positive correlation with the malignant grade of glioma. The results implied that the proliferation and metastasis of the glioma cell could be inhibited by suppressing the expression of ROCK1, and our findings would provide a new target for intervention and treatment of glioma.

Pandey V, Wu ZS, Zhang M, et al.
Trefoil factor 3 promotes metastatic seeding and predicts poor survival outcome of patients with mammary carcinoma.
Breast Cancer Res. 2014; 16(5):429 [PubMed] Article available free on PMC after 15/12/2015 Related Publications
INTRODUCTION: Recurrence or early metastasis remains the predominant cause of mortality in patients with estrogen receptor positive (ER+) mammary carcinoma (MC). However, the molecular mechanisms underlying the initial progression of ER+ MC to metastasis remains poorly understood. Trefoil factor 3 (TFF3) is an estrogen-responsive oncogene in MC. Herein, we provide evidence for a functional role of TFF3 in metastatic progression of ER+ MC.
METHODS: The association of TFF3 expression with clinicopathological parameters and survival outcome in a cohort of MC patients was assessed by immunohistochemistry. The expression of TFF3 in MCF7 and T47D cells was modulated by forced expression or siRNA-mediated depletion of TFF3. mRNA and protein levels were determined using qPCR and western blot. The functional effect of modulation of TFF3 expression in MC cells was determined in vitro and in vivo. Mechanistic analyses were performed using reporter constructs, modulation of signal transducer and activator of transcription 3 (STAT3) expression, and pharmacological inhibitors against c-SRC and STAT3 activity.
RESULTS: TFF3 protein expression was positively associated with larger tumour size, lymph node metastasis, higher stage, and poor survival outcome. Forced expression of TFF3 in ER+ MC cells stimulated colony scattering, cell adhesion to a Collagen I-coated matrix, colony formation on a Collagen I- or Matrigel-coated matrix, endothelial cell adhesion, and transmigration through an endothelial cell barrier. In vivo, forced expression of TFF3 in MCF7 cells stimulated the formation of metastatic nodules in animal lungs. TFF3 regulation of the mRNA levels of epithelial, mesenchymal, and metastatic-related genes in ER+ MC cells were consistent with the altered cell behaviour. Forced expression of TFF3 in ER+ MC cells stimulated phosphorylation of c-SRC that subsequently increased STAT3 activity, which lead to the downregulation of E-cadherin. siRNA-mediated depletion of TFF3 reduced the invasiveness of ER+ MC cells.
CONCLUSIONS: TFF3 expression predicts metastasis and poor survival outcome of patients with MC and functionally stimulates cellular invasion and metastasis of ER+ MC cells. Adjuvant functional inhibition of TFF3 may therefore be considered to ameliorate outcome of ER+ MC patients.

Oktyabri D, Tange S, Terashima M, et al.
EED regulates epithelial-mesenchymal transition of cancer cells induced by TGF-β.
Biochem Biophys Res Commun. 2014; 453(1):124-30 [PubMed] Related Publications
Histone methylation is involved in various biological and pathological processes including cancer development. In this study, we found that EED, a component of Polycomb repressive complex-2 (PRC2) that catalyzes methylation of lysine 27 of histone H3 (H3K27), was involved in epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT) of cancer cells induced by Transforming Growth Factor-beta (TGF-β). The expression of EED was increased during TGF-β-induced EMT and knockdown of EED inhibited TGF-β-induced morphological conversion of the cells associated with EMT. EED knockdown antagonized TGF-β-dependent expression changes of EMT-related genes such as CDH1, ZEB1, ZEB2 and microRNA-200 (miR-200) family. Chromatin immunoprecipitation assays showed that EED was implicated in TGF-β-induced transcriptional repression of CDH1 and miR-200 family genes through the regulation of histone H3 methylation and EZH2 occupancies on their regulatory regions. Our study demonstrated a novel role of EED, which regulates PRC2 activity and histone methylation during TGF-β-induced EMT of cancer cells.

Fan C, Miao Y, Zhang X, et al.
Btbd7 contributes to reduced E-cadherin expression and predicts poor prognosis in non-small cell lung cancer.
BMC Cancer. 2014; 14:704 [PubMed] Article available free on PMC after 15/12/2015 Related Publications
BACKGROUND: Disorders of cell adhesion are critical steps in cancer progression in which varieties of markers including cadherins are involved in.Btbd7 was found to inhibit E-cadherin expression in MDCK cells and play important roles during branching morphogenesis of embryonic salivary glands and lungs. However its function in malignant tumors is largely unknown. The aim of this study is to investigate the clinicopathological significance and possible function of Btbd7 in non-small cell lung cancer.
METHODS: Immunohistochemistry and Western blotting were used to investigate Btbd7 expression in non-small cell lung cancer and lung tissues. The clinicopathological association and the overall survival was analyzed. In vitro experiments were performed using siRNA to investigate the function of Btbd7 in lung cancer cells.
RESULTS: Btbd7 expression was elevated in non-small cell lung cancer tissues compared to normal lung tissues. Increased Btbd7 expression was significantly associated with lymph node metastasis, reduced E-cadherin expression and patients' poor clinical outcome. Downregulation of Btbd7 expression in lung cancer cells by siRNA significantly inhibits cancer cell invasion and effectively restores E-cadherin expression in cancer cell membrane.
CONCLUSIONS: Btbd7 contributes to reduced expression of E-cadherin and may be a promising cancer marker in non-small cell lung cancer.

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