Gene Summary

Gene:LOX; lysyl oxidase
Aliases: AAT10
Summary:This gene encodes a member of the lysyl oxidase family of proteins. Alternative splicing results in multiple transcript variants, at least one of which encodes a preproprotein that is proteolytically processed to generate a regulatory propeptide and the mature enzyme. The copper-dependent amine oxidase activity of this enzyme functions in the crosslinking of collagens and elastin, while the propeptide may play a role in tumor suppression. In addition, defects in this gene have been linked with predisposition to thoracic aortic aneurysms and dissections. [provided by RefSeq, Jul 2016]
Databases:OMIM, HGNC, Ensembl, GeneCard, Gene
Protein:protein-lysine 6-oxidase
Source:NCBIAccessed: 01 September, 2019


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Publications Per Year (1994-2019)
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  • Mice, Transgenic
  • Apoptosis
  • Neoplasm Invasiveness
  • Arachidonate 15-Lipoxygenase
  • Transcription
  • HIF1A
  • Colorectal Cancer
  • Prostate Cancer
  • Risk Factors
  • DNA Methylation
  • Neoplastic Cell Transformation
  • Transcriptional Activation
  • Breast Cancer
  • Syndecan-2
  • Neoplasm Metastasis
  • Immunohistochemistry
  • Cell Proliferation
  • Arachidonate 5-Lipoxygenase
  • Cancer Gene Expression Regulation
  • Disease Models, Animal
  • Squamous Cell Carcinoma
  • siRNA
  • Phenotype
  • Cell Movement
  • Promoter Regions
  • Oligonucleotide Array Sequence Analysis
  • Chromosome 5
  • Down-Regulation
  • Case-Control Studies
  • Adenocarcinoma
  • Biomarkers, Tumor
  • Antineoplastic Agents
  • Messenger RNA
  • Disease Progression
  • Gene Expression
  • Gene Expression Profiling
  • Lung Cancer
  • Tumor Hypoxia
  • Amino Acid Oxidoreductases
  • Up-Regulation
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Latest Publications: LOX (cancer-related)

Ou J, Guan D, Yang Y
Non-contact co-culture with human vascular endothelial cells promotes epithelial-to-mesenchymal transition of cervical cancer SiHa cells by activating the NOTCH1/LOX/SNAIL pathway.
Cell Mol Biol Lett. 2019; 24:39 [PubMed] Free Access to Full Article Related Publications
Background: The aim of this study was to investigate the effect of human umbilical vein endothelial cells on epithelial-to-mesenchymal transition of the cervical cancer cell line SiHa by studying the Notch1/lysyl oxidase (LOX)/SNAIL1 pathway.
Methods: Monocultures of SiHa cells, SiHa cells containing a control sequence, and
Results: Compared with monocultured SiHa cells, co-cultured SiHa cells showed a significant increase in their invasiveness and expression levels of vimentin, as well as of NOTCH 1, LOX, and SNAIL1, whereas their expression of E-cadherin was significantly reduced and protein activities of MMP-2 and MMP-9 were increased. Compared with SiHa, mono- and co-cultured
Conclusion: Co-culture with human umbilical vein endothelial cells promoted the epithelial-to-mesenchymal transition of SiHa cells by activating the NOTCH1/LOX/SNAIL1 pathway in SiHa cells, which enhanced their invasive and metastatic capacities. The results of this study may provide a new perspective on cervical cancer metastasis and a theoretical basis for clinical treatment.

Umezaki N, Nakagawa S, Yamashita YI, et al.
Lysyl oxidase induces epithelial-mesenchymal transition and predicts intrahepatic metastasis of hepatocellular carcinoma.
Cancer Sci. 2019; 110(6):2033-2043 [PubMed] Free Access to Full Article Related Publications
Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) has high recurrence rates even after curative hepatectomy. Drug therapy for recurrence of HCC is still limited; therefore, identifying new therapeutic targets is urgently needed. We searched for genes that would predict HCC recurrence from intrahepatic metastasis in an exhaustive DNA microarray database by searching genes associated with high early recurrence rate and having higher expression in the tumor area compared to background liver. We detected lysyl oxidase (LOX) and validated the clinical significance of LOX in 358 patients who underwent hepatectomy. Expression of LOX was evaluated by qRT- PCR, and immunohistochemical (IHC) staining. High LOX expression group had a significantly higher recurrence rate than the low LOX expression group (2-year recurrence rate was 64.0% vs 24.2%, P < .0001 for IHC) and poorer survival rate (5-year rate was 60.1% vs 86.2%, P < .0001 for IHC). Multivariate analysis showed that high LOX expression was an independent risk factor for early recurrence (IHC: HR, 2.52; P < .0001). Bioinformatic analysis showed that LOX expression was associated with hypoxia-inducible factor-1α (HIF-1α) and the hypoxia cascade, suggesting that HIF-1α or hypoxia regulates LOX expression and induces epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT). In vitro, LOX and HIF-1α were involved in migration and invasion capability. High LOX expression is associated with EMT markers and predicts early recurrence and poor survival in patients with HCC. These findings indicate that lysyl oxidase could be a potential therapeutic target for early recurrence of HCC.

Xie W, Huang P, Wu B, et al.
Clinical significance of LOXL4 expression and features of LOXL4-associated protein-protein interaction network in esophageal squamous cell carcinoma.
Amino Acids. 2019; 51(5):813-828 [PubMed] Related Publications
Lysyl oxidase-like 4 (LOXL4), a member of the LOX family proteins, catalyzes oxidative deamination of lysine residues in collagen and elastin, which are responsible for maintaining extracellular matrix homeostasis. In this study, the mRNA expression of LOXL4 in seven esophageal squamous cell carcinoma (ESCC) cell lines and 15 ESCC pairs of clinical samples were examined. Furthermore, LOXL4 protein levels in the ESCC cell lines were determined using western blotting. With the use of immunofluorescence, LOXL4 was observed to be localized primarily in the cytoplasm, but was also present in the nucleus. In addition, the results indicated that the upregulated expression of LOXL4 was associated with poor survival in patients with ESCC even following curative resection (P = 0.010). Similar Kaplan-Meier estimator curves for proteins that interact with LOXL4, SUV39H1 (P = 0.014) and COL2A1 (P = 0.011), were plotted. The analyses based on the protein-protein interaction network depicted the expression of LOXL4 and its associated proteins as well as their functions, suggesting that LOXL4 and its associated proteins may serve a significant role in the development and progression of ESCC. In conclusion, the results of the present study suggest that LOXL4 is a potential biomarker for patients with ESCC, as well as SUV39H1 and COL2A1, and high expression levels of these genes are associated with poor prognosis in patients with ESCC.

Yang M, Liu J, Wang F, et al.
Lysyl oxidase assists tumor‑initiating cells to enhance angiogenesis in hepatocellular carcinoma.
Int J Oncol. 2019; 54(4):1398-1408 [PubMed] Related Publications
A highly tumorigenic and malignant sub‑population of HCC containing tumor‑initiating cells (TICs) are defined by high self‑renewal and sphere formation ability. Lysyl oxidase (LOX) regulates various factors involved in extracellular matrix (ECM) maintenance, migration and angiogenesis. Certain reports have demonstrated the role of LOX in ECM crosslinking, however, the cancer‑promoting effects of LOX in HCC remain unclear, and whether LOX has a role in the regulation of angiogenesis in HCC TICs has not been elucidated. In the current study, RNA sequencing using next‑generation sequencing technology and bioinformatics analyses revealed that LOX gene expression was significantly upregulated in cell spheres. Sphere cells may form tumors with more vascular enrichment compared with tumors produced from adherent cells, as observed in a mouse xenograft model. LOX expression is correlated with increased vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) and platelet‑derived growth factor, as demonstrated by analyses of The Cancer Genome Atlas and Gene Expression Omnibus databases. Conditioned media obtained from LOX‑overexpressing tumor cells stimulated angiogenesis via secreted VEGF and enhanced the tube formation capacity of endothelial cells. Furthermore, these functional behaviors were blocked by the LOX inhibitor β‑aminopropionitrile. These findings provide novel mechanistic insight into the pivotal role of LOX in the regulation of TICs in HCC. Combination of LOX inhibitor with sorafenib is a potentially advantageous strategy for HCC therapy.

Okada K, Moon HJ, Finney J, et al.
Extracellular Processing of Lysyl Oxidase-like 2 and Its Effect on Amine Oxidase Activity.
Biochemistry. 2018; 57(51):6973-6983 [PubMed] Free Access to Full Article Related Publications
Overexpression of lysyl oxidase-like 2 (LOXL2) is associated with several hepatic and vascular fibrotic diseases and tumor progression in some aggressive cancers. Secreted LOXL2 promotes extracellular matrix cross-linking by catalyzing the oxidative deamination of peptidyl lysine. A great deal remains to be learned about the post-translational modifications of LOXL2, including whether such modifications modulate enzymatic and disease-promoting activities; such knowledge would inform the development of potential therapies. We discovered that upon secretion in cell culture, LOXL2 undergoes proteolytic processing of the first two of four scavenger receptor cysteine-rich domains at the N-terminus. A similar pattern of processing was also evident in tissue extracts from an invasive ductal carcinoma patient. Processing occurred at

Chi KC, Tsai WC, Wu CL, et al.
An Adult Drosophila Glioma Model for Studying Pathometabolic Pathways of Gliomagenesis.
Mol Neurobiol. 2019; 56(6):4589-4599 [PubMed] Related Publications
Glioblastoma multiforme (GBM), the most prevalent brain tumor in adults, has extremely poor prognosis. Frequent genetic alterations that activate epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) and phosphatidylinositol-3 kinase (PI3K) signaling, as well as metabolic remodeling, have been associated with gliomagenesis. To establish a whole-animal approach that can be used to readily identify individual pathometabolic signaling factors, we induced glioma formation in the adult Drosophila brain by activating the EGFR-PI3K pathway. Glioma-induced animals showed significantly enlarged brain volume, early locomotor abnormalities, memory deficits, and a shorter lifespan. Combining bioinformatics analysis and glial-specific gene knockdown in the adult fly glioma model, we identified four evolutionarily conserved metabolic genes, including ALDOA, ACAT1, ELOVL6, and LOX, that were involved in gliomagenesis. Silencing of ACAT1, which controls cholesterol homeostasis, reduced brain enlargement and increased the lifespan of the glioma-bearing flies. In GBM patients, ACAT1 is overexpressed and correlates with poor survival outcomes. Moreover, pharmacological inhibition of ACAT1 in human glioma cell lines revealed that it is essential for tumor proliferation. Collectively, these results imply that ACAT1 is a potential therapeutic target, and cholesterol homeostasis is strongly related to glioma formation. This in vivo model provides several rapid and robust phenotypic readouts, allowing determination of the pathometabolic pathways involved in gliomagenesis, as well as providing valuable information for novel therapeutic strategies.

Zhang C, Ma J, Wang W, et al.
Lysyl oxidase blockade ameliorates anovulation in polycystic ovary syndrome.
Hum Reprod. 2018; 33(11):2096-2106 [PubMed] Related Publications
STUDY QUESTION: Is overexpression of lysyl oxidase (LOX), an enzyme responsible for the cross-linking of collagens, a cause of anovulation in polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)?
SUMMARY ANSWER: LOX overexpression was present in PCOS ovaries, due at least in part to interleukin-1β (IL-1β), and inhibition of LOX activity with β-aminopropionitrile (BAPN) ameliorated polycystic ovary morphology and anovulation.
WHAT IS KNOWN ALREADY: Aberrant ovarian extracellular matrix (ECM) remodeling and inflammation may contribute to the development of PCOS. It remains unknown whether proinflammatory IL-1β is a contributing factor for LOX overexpression in PCOS ovaries and whether inhibition of LOX can improve PCOS conditions.
STUDY DESIGN, SIZE, DURATION: LOX and IL-1β abundance in the granulosa cells and follicular fluid was compared between non-PCOS (n = 30) and PCOS (n = 39) patients. The effect and mechanism of IL-1β on LOX expression was examined in cultured primary human granulosa cells. The improvements in PCOS conditions by LOX inhibition with BAPN was investigated in a dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA)-induced PCOS rat model.
PARTICIPANTS/MATERIALS, SETTING, METHODS: The abundance of LOX and IL-1β was measured with quantitative real-time polymerase chain reaction (qRT-PCR), LOX activity assays and enzyme-linked immunosorbent assays (ELISA), respectively. The effect of IL-1β on LOX expression was examined in the presence or absence of inhibitors for signaling molecules and small interfering RNA-mediated knockdown of the putative transcription factor. Chromatin immunoprecipitation assays were conducted to further identify the responsible transcription factor. The role of LOX in ovulation was investigated in a DHEA-induced PCOS rat model with administration of the LOX inhibitor BAPN. The numbers of retrieved total oocytes and MII oocytes were recorded upon ovarian stimulation.
MAIN RESULTS AND THE ROLE OF CHANCE: Increased abundance of LOX (P < 0.05) and IL-1β (P < 0.05) was observed in the granulosa cells and follicular fluid in PCOS patients. IL-1β increased LOX expression via activation of ERK1/2 and JNK and subsequent activation of the transcription factor c-Jun. Inhibition of LOX with BAPN ameliorated irregular estrous cyclicity (P < 0.05), polycystic ovary morphology and anovulation (P < 0.05) in PCOS rats, but appeared to be ineffective in the improvement of oocyte quality.
LIMITATIONS, REASONS FOR CAUTION: Ovarian tissue-directed specific inhibition of LOX in combination with oocyte quality-improving drugs may be more effective in the treatment of PCOS.
WIDER IMPLICATIONS OF THE FINDINGS: Inflammation of the ovary is a contributing factor for the aberrant expression of LOX in the PCOS ovary, and inhibition of LOX together with anti-inflammatory therapy may improve the core features of PCOS.
STUDY FUNDING/COMPETING INTEREST(S): This work was supported by National Key R & D Program of China (2017YFC1001403) and Doctorial Innovation Fund of Shanghai Jiao Tong University School of Medicine (BXJ201718). The authors declare no competing financial interests.

Xu Y, Wang X, Huang Y, et al.
Inhibition of lysyl oxidase expression by dextran sulfate affects invasion and migration of gastric cancer cells.
Int J Mol Med. 2018; 42(5):2737-2749 [PubMed] Free Access to Full Article Related Publications
In the present study, the effect of dextran sulfate (DS) on the metastasis and invasion of human gastric cancer cells and its key underlying mechanism were investigated. The levels of hypoxia‑inducible factor 1α (HIF‑1α), transforming growth factor β (TGF‑β) and lysyl oxidase (LOX) expression were evaluated in human gastric cancer and peritumoral tissues by immunohistochemical analysis. Cell proliferation and apoptosis were also examined using the Cell Counting Kit‑8 assay and flow cytometry. The effect of DS on the invasion and migration of BGC‑823 cells was assessed using a Transwell assay. BGC‑823 cells were divided into the control (phosphate‑buffered saline‑treated) and experimental (DS‑treated) groups, and cultured for different times under hypoxic conditions. Subsequently, LOX and TGF‑β expression levels in the cells were measured by immunocytochemistry, immunofluorescence, reverse transcription‑quantitative polymerase chain reaction and western blot analysis. HIF‑1α, TGF‑β and LOX expression levels were significantly higher in human gastric cancer tissues as compared with that in adjacent tissues. DS influenced cell proliferation and apoptosis in a dose‑dependent manner. Furthermore, DS reduced the number of invaded and migrated cells. Under hypoxic conditions, DS reduced HIF‑1α, TGF‑β and LOX expression levels in BGC‑823 cells. After 12 h, the effect of combination of DS and β‑aminopropionitrile (BAPN) on LOX and TGF‑β protein levels was more significant compared with that of DS or BAPN alone. Therefore, DS may inhibit the invasion and migration of human gastric cancer cells under hypoxic conditions by influencing LOX.

Kasashima H, Yashiro M, Okuno T, et al.
Significance of the Lysyl Oxidase Members Lysyl Oxidase Like 1, 3, and 4 in Gastric Cancer.
Digestion. 2018; 98(4):238-248 [PubMed] Related Publications
BACKGROUND/AIMS: Lysyl oxidase (LOX) family members play a key role in modifying the primary tumor microenvironment by crosslinking collagens and elastin in the extracellular matrix. The aim of this study was to analyze the LOX-like (LOXL)1, LOXL3, and LOXL4 expressions in gastric cancer tissue by immunohistochemical staining.
METHODS: The correlations between the clinicopathological features of 597 primary gastric carcinomas and LOX family members - LOXL1, LOXL3, and LOXL4 - were investigated by immunohistochemical studies. The effect of the transforming growth -factor β1 (TGFβ1) on the expressions of LOXL1, LOXL3, and LOXL4 in gastric cancer was examined using diffuse-type gastric cancer cell lines in vitro.
RESULTS: The expressions of LOXL1, LOXL3, and LOXL4 were correlated with T invasion, lymph node metastasis, and lymphatic and venous invasion. LOXL1 expression was associated with histological intestinal-type and expanding growth patterns. The overall survival of patients with LOXL1-, LOXL3-, or LOXL4-positive cancer was poorer than those with negative cancer. LOXL3 and LOXL4 mRNA expressions were significantly high in diffuse-type gastric cancer cells with high invasion ability. TGFβ decreased the LOXL1 expression and increased LOXL3 and LOXL4 expression.
CONCLUSION: LOXL1, LOXL3, and LOXL4 expressions are associated with distant metastasis of gastric cancer.

Zheng J, Jia L, Mori S, Kodama T
Evaluation of metastatic niches in distant organs after surgical removal of tumor-bearing lymph nodes.
BMC Cancer. 2018; 18(1):608 [PubMed] Free Access to Full Article Related Publications
BACKGROUND: Surgical removal of primary tumors can promote the incidence of tumor metastasis. However, molecular mechanisms underlying this process remain unclear.
METHODS: We inoculated tumor cells expressing luciferase gene  into subiliac lymph node (SiLN) of the MXH10/Mo-lpr/lpr mice. The tumor-bearing SiLNs were surgically removed at a certain period of time after inoculation.
RESULTS: In vivo bioluminescence imaging system and histological staining revealed metastasis in lung, proper axillary lymph node (PALN) and liver. The lung metastasis rate in SiLN removal groups was significantly higher than in the control group using Fisher exact test. Mann-Whitney U-test indicated that the luciferase-positive tumor cells in the lung and liver were significantly higher than in the control groups. The lung samples in SiLN removal groups had strong expression of lysine oxidase (LOX). Moreover, the number of CD11b
CONCLUSIONS: Altogether, surgical removal of the tumor-bearing lymph node promoted tumor metastasis through changing the niche in lung and liver. Treatment targeting the metastatic niche might be an effective strategy to prevent tumor metastasis, thereby possibly increasing the survival and reducing the incidence of metastasis in cancer patients.

Liu Y, Wang G, Liang Z, et al.
Lysyl oxidase: A colorectal cancer biomarker of lung and hepatic metastasis.
Thorac Cancer. 2018; 9(7):785-793 [PubMed] Free Access to Full Article Related Publications
BACKGROUND: Colorectal cancer (CRC) is a common and lethal disease in which distant metastasis remains the primary cause of death. Paradoxical roles of LOX have been reported in CRC, and the intracellular function of LOX has also recently been determined. Correlations of LOX expression and its intracellular localization with clinicopathological features in CRC patients remain largely unknown. The aim of the present study was to explore the potential roles of LOX in CRC.
METHODS: LOX messenger RNA expression was assayed by quantitative PCR in eight paired normal mucosa and tumor tissues. Immunohistochemistry was conducted using tissue arrays to investigate LOX expression in 201 CRC patients. Regulation of LOX by YAP and TEAD4 was explored by YAP or TEAD4 short hairpin RNA interference in a LoVo cell line.
RESULTS: LOX messenger RNA expression was elevated in some CRC specimens, and LOX nuclear localization was detected in CRC tumor tissues. LOX nuclear localization was found to correlate with lung/hepatic metastasis, elevated serum carcinoembryonic antigen concentration, and mucinous tumor type (P < 0.05). Nuclear LOX expression was found to be associated with poor overall and disease-free survival (P < 0.05), and postoperative lung/hepatic metastasis (P < 0.05). Knockdown of YAP or TEAD4 induced downregulation of LOX expression.
CONCLUSIONS: LOX nuclear localization was significantly associated with poor survival in patients with CRC. Nuclear LOX expression was correlated with synchronous or postoperative lung/hepatic metastasis. LOX may prove to be a potential target gene of YAP and TEAD4.

Huang SP, Chiou J, Jan YH, et al.
Over-expression of lysyl oxidase is associated with poor prognosis and response to therapy of patients with lower grade gliomas.
Biochem Biophys Res Commun. 2018; 501(3):619-627 [PubMed] Related Publications
Lower grade gliomas (LGGs) have highly diverse clinical phenotypes. The histological grade and type are insufficient to accurately predict the clinical outcomes of patients with LGGs. Therefore, identification of biomarkers that can facilitate the prediction of clinical outcomes in LGGs is urgently needed. Gene expression of LOX has been identified as a biomarker for various cancers. However, the clinical significance of LOX expression in LGGs has not been investigated. In this study, we analyzed the glioma RNA-seq dataset from TCGA (The Cancer Genome atlas) and identified lysyl oxidase (LOX) as a potential biomarker for LGGs. Kaplan-Meier survival analysis revealed that high LOX expression is associated with worse overall survival and recurrence free survival in LGG patients. Besides, high LOX expression is associated with poor response to primary therapy, follow-up treatment, targeted molecular therapy, and radiation therapy. Univariate and multivariate Cox regression analyses further confirmed LOX expression as an independent prognostic factor for LGG patients. Finally, we observed that LOX expression is significantly correlated with EMT (epithelial to mesenchymal transition) and IDH1 status in LGGs. In conclusion, our analyses suggest that LOX expression is a potential biomarker for prognosis and therapeutic response in LGGs.

Wu S, Zheng Q, Xing X, et al.
Matrix stiffness-upregulated LOXL2 promotes fibronectin production, MMP9 and CXCL12 expression and BMDCs recruitment to assist pre-metastatic niche formation.
J Exp Clin Cancer Res. 2018; 37(1):99 [PubMed] Free Access to Full Article Related Publications
BACKGROUND: Higher matrix stiffness affects biological behavior of tumor cells, regulates tumor-associated gene/miRNA expression and stemness characteristic, and contributes to tumor invasion and metastasis. However, the linkage between higher matrix stiffness and pre-metastatic niche in hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) is still largely unknown.
METHODS: We comparatively analyzed the expressions of LOX family members in HCC cells grown on different stiffness substrates, and speculated that the secreted LOXL2 may mediate the linkage between higher matrix stiffness and pre-metastatic niche. Subsequently, we investigated the underlying molecular mechanism by which matrix stiffness induced LOXL2 expression in HCC cells, and explored the effects of LOXL2 on pre-metastatic niche formation, such as BMCs recruitment, fibronectin production, MMPs and CXCL12 expression, cell adhesion, etc. RESULTS: Higher matrix stiffness significantly upregulated LOXL2 expression in HCC cells, and activated JNK/c-JUN signaling pathway. Knockdown of integrin β1 and α5 suppressed LOXL2 expression and reversed the activation of above signaling pathway. Additionally, JNK inhibitor attenuated the expressions of p-JNK, p-c-JUN, c-JUN and LOXL2, and shRNA-c-JUN also decreased LOXL2 expression. CM-LV-LOXL2-OE and rhLOXL2 upregulated MMP9 expression and fibronectin production obviously in lung fibroblasts. Moreover, activation of Akt pathway contributed to LOXL2-induced fibronectin upregulation. LOXL2 in CM as chemoattractant increased motility and invasion of BMCs, implicating a significant role of LOXL2 in BMCs recruitment. Except that, CM-LV-LOXL2-OE as chemoattractant also increased the number of migrated HCC cells, and improved chemokine CXCL12 expression in lung fibroblasts. The number of HCC cells adhered to surface of lung fibroblasts treated with CM-LV-LOXL2-OE was remarkably higher than that of the control cells. These results indicated that the secreted LOXL2 facilitated the motility of HCC cells and strengthened CTCs settlement on the remodeled matrix "soil".
CONCLUSION: Integrin β1/α5/JNK/c-JUN signaling pathway participates in higher matrix stiffness-induced LOXL2 upregulation in HCC cells. The secreted LOXL2 promotes fibronectin production, MMP9 and CXCL12 expression and BMDCs recruitment to assist pre-metastatic niche formation.

Peacock JD, Pridgeon MG, Tovar EA, et al.
Genomic Status of
Cancer Res. 2018; 78(13):3672-3687 [PubMed] Free Access to Full Article Related Publications
Malignant peripheral nerve sheath tumors (MPNST) are highly resistant sarcomas that occur in up to 13% of individuals with neurofibromatosis type I (NF1). Genomic analysis of longitudinally collected tumor samples in a case of MPNST disease progression revealed early hemizygous microdeletions in

Villegas SN, Gombos R, García-López L, et al.
PI3K/Akt Cooperates with Oncogenic Notch by Inducing Nitric Oxide-Dependent Inflammation.
Cell Rep. 2018; 22(10):2541-2549 [PubMed] Related Publications
The PI3K/Akt signaling pathway, Notch, and other oncogenes cooperate in the induction of aggressive cancers. Elucidating how the PI3K/Akt pathway facilitates tumorigenesis by other oncogenes may offer opportunities to develop drugs with fewer side effects than those currently available. Here, using an unbiased in vivo chemical genetic screen in Drosophila, we identified compounds that inhibit the activity of proinflammatory enzymes nitric oxide synthase (NOS) and lipoxygenase (LOX) as selective suppressors of Notch-PI3K/Akt cooperative oncogenesis. Tumor silencing of NOS and LOX signaling mirrored the antitumor effect of the hit compounds, demonstrating their participation in Notch-PI3K/Akt-induced tumorigenesis. Oncogenic PI3K/Akt signaling triggered inflammation and immunosuppression via aberrant NOS expression. Accordingly, activated Notch tumorigenesis was fueled by hampering the immune response or by NOS overexpression to mimic a protumorigenic environment. Our lead compound, the LOX inhibitor BW B70C, also selectively killed human leukemic cells by dampening the NOTCH1-PI3K/AKT-eNOS axis.

Balzan S, Lubrano V
LOX-1 receptor: A potential link in atherosclerosis and cancer.
Life Sci. 2018; 198:79-86 [PubMed] Related Publications
Altered production of reactive oxygen species (ROS), causing lipid peroxidation and DNA damage, contributes to the progression of atherosclerosis and cancer. Lectin-like oxidized low-density lipoprotein receptor-1 (LOX-1) is a lectin-like receptor for oxidized low-density lipoproteins (ox-LDL) primarily expressed in endothelial cells and vasculature-rich organs. LOX-1 receptors is a marker for atherosclerosis, and once activated by ox-LDL or other ligands, stimulates the expression of adhesion molecules, pro-inflammatory signaling pathways and proangiogenic proteins, including NF-kB and VEGF, in vascular endothelial cells and macrophages. Several different types of cancer reported LOX-1 gene upregulation, and numerous interplays exist concerning LOX-1 in atherosclerosis, metabolic diseases and cancer. One of them involves NF-kB, an oncogenic protein that regulates the transcription of several inflammatory genes response. In a model of cellular transformation, the MCF10A ER-Src, inhibition of LOX-1 gene reduces NF-kB activation and the inflammatory and hypoxia pathways, suggesting a mechanistic connection between cellular transformation and atherosclerosis. The remodeling proteins MMP-2 and MMP-9 have been found increased in angiogenesis in atherosclerotic plaque and also in human prostate cancer cells. In this review, we outlined the role of LOX-1 in atherogenesis and tumorigenesis as a potential link in these diseases, suggesting that LOX-1 inhibition could represent a promising strategy in the treatment of atherosclerosis and tumors.

Jurmeister S, Ramos-Montoya A, Sandi C, et al.
Identification of potential therapeutic targets in prostate cancer through a cross-species approach.
EMBO Mol Med. 2018; 10(3) [PubMed] Free Access to Full Article Related Publications
Genetically engineered mouse models of cancer can be used to filter genome-wide expression datasets generated from human tumours and to identify gene expression alterations that are functionally important to cancer development and progression. In this study, we have generated RNAseq data from tumours arising in two established mouse models of prostate cancer, PB-Cre/Pten

Goggins E, Kakkad S, Mironchik Y, et al.
Hypoxia Inducible Factors Modify Collagen I Fibers in MDA-MB-231 Triple Negative Breast Cancer Xenografts.
Neoplasia. 2018; 20(2):131-139 [PubMed] Free Access to Full Article Related Publications
Hypoxia inducible factors (HIFs) are transcription factors that mediate the response of cells to hypoxia. HIFs have wide-ranging effects on metabolism, the tumor microenvironment (TME) and the extracellular matrix (ECM). Here we investigated the silencing effects of two of the three known isoforms, HIF-1α and HIF-2α, on collagen 1 (Col1) fibers, which form a major component of the ECM of tumors. Using a loss-of-function approach for HIF-1α or 2α or both HIF-1α and 2α, we identified a relationship between HIFs and Col1 fibers in MDA-MB-231 tumors. Tumors derived from MDA-MB-231 cells with HIF-1α or 2α or both HIF-1α and 2α silenced contained higher percent fiber volume and lower inter-fiber distance compared to tumors derived from empty vector MDA-MB-231 cells. Depending upon the type of silencing, we observed changes in Col1 degrading enzymes, and enzymes involved in Col1 synthesis and deposition. Additionally, a reduction in lysyl oxidase protein expression in HIF-down-regulated tumors suggests that more non-cross-linked fibers were present. Collectively these results identify the role of HIFs in modifying the ECM and the TME and provide new insights into the effects of hypoxia on the tumor ECM.

González-Chavarría I, Fernandez E, Gutierrez N, et al.
LOX-1 activation by oxLDL triggers an epithelial mesenchymal transition and promotes tumorigenic potential in prostate cancer cells.
Cancer Lett. 2018; 414:34-43 [PubMed] Related Publications
Obesity is related to an increased risk of developing prostate cancer with high malignancy stages or metastasis. Recent results demonstrated that LOX-1, a receptor associated with obesity and atherosclerosis, is overexpressed in advanced and metastatic prostate cancer. Furthermore, high levels of oxLDL, the main ligand for LOX-1, have been found in patients with advanced prostate cancer. However, the role of LOX-1 in prostate cancer has not been unraveled completely yet. Here, we show that LOX-1 is overexpressed in prostate cancer cells and its activation by oxLDL promotes an epithelial to mesenchymal transition, through of lowered expression of epithelial markers (E-cadherin and plakoglobin) and an increased expression of mesenchymal markers (vimentin, N-cadherin, snail, slug, MMP-2 and MMP-9). Consequently, LOX-1 activation by oxLDL promotes actin cytoskeleton restructuration and MMP-2 and MMP-9 activity inducing prostate cancer cell invasion and migration. Additionally, LOX-1 increased the tumorigenic potential of prostate cancer cells and its expression was necessary for tumor growth in nude mice. In conclusion, our results suggest that oxLDL/LOX-1 could be ones of mechanisms that explain why obese patients with prostate cancer have an accelerated tumor progression and a greater probability of developing metastasis.

Cox TR, Erler JT, Rumney RMH
Established Models and New Paradigms for Hypoxia-Driven Cancer-Associated Bone Disease.
Calcif Tissue Int. 2018; 102(2):163-173 [PubMed] Free Access to Full Article Related Publications
The five-year survival rate for primary bone cancers is ~ 70% while almost all cases of secondary metastatic bone cancer are terminal. Hypoxia, the deficiency of oxygen which occurs as the rate of tumour growth exceeds the supply of vascularisation, is a key promoter of tumour progression. Hypoxia-driven effects in the primary tumour are wide ranging including changes in gene expression, dysregulation of signalling pathways, resistance to chemotherapy, neovascularisation, increased tumour cell proliferation and migration. Paget's seed and soil theory states that for a metastasising tumour cell 'the seed' it requires the correct microenvironment 'soil' to colonise. Why and how metastasising tumour cells colonise the bone is a complex and intriguing problem. However, once present tumour cells are able to disrupt bone homeostasis through increasing osteoclast activity and downregulating osteoblast function. Osteoclast resorption releases growth factors from the bone matrix that subsequently contribute to the proliferation of invasive tumour cells creating the vicious cycle of bone loss and metastatic cancer progression. Recently, we have shown that hypoxia increases expression and release of lysyl oxidase (LOX) from primary mammary tumours, which in turn disrupts bone homeostasis to favour osteolytic degradation to create pre-metastatic niches in the bone microenvironment. We also demonstrated how treatment with bisphosphonates could block this cancer-induced bone remodelling and reduce secondary bone metastases. This review describes the roles of hypoxia in primary tumour progression to metastasis, with a focus on key signalling pathways and treatment options to reduce patient morbidity and increase survival.

Kamel M, Wagih M, Kilic GS, et al.
Overhydroxylation of Lysine of Collagen Increases Uterine Fibroids Proliferation: Roles of Lysyl Hydroxylases, Lysyl Oxidases, and Matrix Metalloproteinases.
Biomed Res Int. 2017; 2017:5316845 [PubMed] Free Access to Full Article Related Publications
The role of the extracellular matrix (ECM) in uterine fibroids (UF) has recently been appreciated. Overhydroxylation of lysine residues and the subsequent formation of hydroxylysylpyridinoline (HP) and lysylpyridinoline (LP) cross-links underlie the ECM stiffness and profoundly affect tumor progression. The aim of the current study was to investigate the relationship between ECM of UF, collagen and collagen cross-linking enzymes [lysyl hydroxylases (LH) and lysyl oxidases (LOX)], and the development and progression of UF. Our results indicated that hydroxyl lysine (Hyl) and HP cross-links are significantly higher in UF compared to the normal myometrial tissues accompanied by increased expression of LH (LH2b) and LOX. Also, increased resistance to matrix metalloproteinases (MMP) proteolytic degradation activity was observed. Furthermore, the extent of collagen cross-links was positively correlated with the expression of myofibroblast marker (

Srivastava C, Irshad K, Dikshit B, et al.
FAT1 modulates EMT and stemness genes expression in hypoxic glioblastoma.
Int J Cancer. 2018; 142(4):805-812 [PubMed] Related Publications
Glioblastoma (GBM) is characterized by the presence of hypoxia, stemness and local invasiveness. We have earlier demonstrated that FAT1 promotes invasiveness, inflammation and upregulates HIF-1α expression and its signaling in hypoxic GBM. Here, we have identified the role of FAT1 in regulating EMT (epithelial-mesenchymal transition) and stemness characteristics in GBM. The expression of FAT1, EMT (Snail/LOX/Vimentin/N-cad), stemness (SOX2/OCT4/Nestin/REST) and hypoxia markers (HIF-1α/VEGF/PGK1/CA9) was upregulated in ≥39% of GBM tumors (n = 31) with significant positive correlation (p ≤ 0.05) of the expression of FAT1 with LOX/Vimentin/SOX2/HIF-1α/PGK1/VEGF/CA9. Furthermore, positive correlation (p ≤ 0.01) of FAT1 with Vimentin/N-cad/SOX2/REST/HIF-1α has been observed in TCGA GBM-dataset (n = 430). Analysis of cells (U87MG/A172) exposed to severe hypoxia (0.2%O

He J, Dong L, Xu K, et al.
Mechano growth factor E peptide inhibits invasion of melanoma cells and up-regulates CHOP expression via endoplasmic reticulum stress.
Biotechnol Lett. 2018; 40(1):205-213 [PubMed] Related Publications
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the effects of mechano growth factor E peptide (MGF) on the invasive properties of melanoma cells.
RESULTS: Melanoma cells (GLL19) were treated with 10, 20 and 30 ng MGF/ml for 24 h. Their invasive properties were investigated by transwell assay. Cytoskeleton reorganization was assessed via staining with phalloidin-FITC; lysyl oxidase (LOX) family gene expression was tested by qRT-PCR, and western blotting was used to detect expression of the matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs) and endoplasmic reticulum (ER) stress. MGF decreased the invasive capabilities of melanoma cells and induced changes in cytoskeleton distribution. MGF also down-regulated the expression of MMPs and up-regulated the expression of the cell apoptosis-related protein CHOP by inducing ER stress.
CONCLUSIONS: MGF can decrease the invasive properties of melanoma cells and induce ER stress, promoting cell apoptosis. Thus, MGF represents a novel strategy for the potential treatment of patients presenting with cutaneous melanoma.

Yoshikawa Y, Takano O, Kato I, et al.
Ras inhibitors display an anti-metastatic effect by downregulation of lysyl oxidase through inhibition of the Ras-PI3K-Akt-HIF-1α pathway.
Cancer Lett. 2017; 410:82-91 [PubMed] Related Publications
Metastasis stands as the major obstacle for the survival from cancers. Nonetheless most existing anti-cancer drugs inhibit only cell proliferation, and discovery of agents having both anti-proliferative and anti-metastatic properties would be more beneficial. We previously reported the discovery of small-molecule Ras inhibitors, represented by Kobe0065, that displayed anti-proliferative activity on xenografts of human colorectal cancer (CRC) cell line SW480 carrying the K-ras

Shintoku R, Takigawa Y, Yamada K, et al.
Lipoxygenase-mediated generation of lipid peroxides enhances ferroptosis induced by erastin and RSL3.
Cancer Sci. 2017; 108(11):2187-2194 [PubMed] Free Access to Full Article Related Publications
In cancer cells the small compounds erastin and RSL3 promote a novel type of cell death called ferroptosis, which requires iron-dependent accumulation of lipid reactive oxygen species. Here we assessed the contribution of lipid peroxidation activity of lipoxygenases (LOX) to ferroptosis in oncogenic Ras-expressing cancer cells. Several 12/15-LOX inhibitors prevented cell death induced by erastin and RSL3. Furthermore, siRNA-mediated silencing of ALOX15 significantly decreased both erastin-induced and RSL3-induced ferroptotic cell death, whereas exogenous overexpression of ALOX15 enhanced the effect of these compounds. Immunofluorescence analyses revealed that the ALOX15 protein consistently localizes to cell membrane during the course of ferroptosis. Importantly, treatments of cells with ALOX15-activating compounds accelerated cell death at low, but not high doses of erastin and RSL3. These observations suggest that tumor ferroptosis is promoted by LOX-catalyzed lipid hydroperoxide generation in cellular membranes.

Pandey MK, Gupta SC, Nabavizadeh A, Aggarwal BB
Regulation of cell signaling pathways by dietary agents for cancer prevention and treatment.
Semin Cancer Biol. 2017; 46:158-181 [PubMed] Related Publications
Although it is widely accepted that better food habits do play important role in cancer prevention and treatment, how dietary agents mediate their effects remains poorly understood. More than thousand different polyphenols have been identified from dietary plants. In this review, we discuss the underlying mechanism by which dietary agents can modulate a variety of cell-signaling pathways linked to cancer, including transcription factors, nuclear factor κB (NF-κB), signal transducer and activator of transcription 3 (STAT3), activator protein-1 (AP-1), β-catenin/Wnt, peroxisome proliferator activator receptor- gamma (PPAR-γ), Sonic Hedgehog, and nuclear factor erythroid 2 (Nrf2); growth factors receptors (EGFR, VEGFR, IGF1-R); protein Kinases (Ras/Raf, mTOR, PI3K, Bcr-abl and AMPK); and pro-inflammatory mediators (TNF-α, interleukins, COX-2, 5-LOX). In addition, modulation of proteasome and epigenetic changes by the dietary agents also play a major role in their ability to control cancer. Both in vitro and animal based studies support the role of dietary agents in cancer. The efficacy of dietary agents by clinical trials has also been reported. Importantly, natural agents are already in clinical trials against different kinds of cancer. Overall both in vitro and in vivo studies performed with dietary agents strongly support their role in cancer prevention. Thus, the famous quote "Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food" made by Hippocrates 25 centuries ago still holds good.

Kapral M, Wawszczyk J, Sośnicki S, et al.
Modulating effect of inositol hexaphosphate on arachidonic acid-dependent pathways in colon cancer cells.
Prostaglandins Other Lipid Mediat. 2017; 131:41-48 [PubMed] Related Publications
Cyclooxygenase (COX) and lipoxygenase (LOX) are key enzymes of arachidonic acid metabolism. Their products, prostaglandins and leukotrienes, are involved in the pathogenesis of inflammatory bowel diseases and colorectal cancer. The aim of the study was to examine the influence of inositol hexaphosphate (IP6), a naturally occurring phytochemical, on the expression of genes encoding COX and LOX isoforms and synthesis of their products (PGE

Yang Q, Tripathy A, Yu W, et al.
Hypoxia inhibits growth, proliferation, and increases response to chemotherapy in retinoblastoma cells.
Exp Eye Res. 2017; 162:48-61 [PubMed] Related Publications
Retinoblastoma is a malignant tumor of the retina and the most frequent intraocular cancer in children. Low oxygen tension (hypoxia) is a common phenomenon in advanced retinoblastomas, but its biological effect on retinoblastoma growth is not clearly understood. Here we studied how hypoxia altered retinoblastoma gene expression and modulated growth and response to chemotherapy. The hypoxic marker lysyl oxidase (LOX) was expressed in 8 of 12 human retinoblastomas analyzed by immunohistochemistry, suggesting that a hypoxic microenvironment is present in up to two thirds of the cases. WERI Rb1 and Y79 retinoblastoma lines were exposed to 1% or 5% pO

Probst L, Dächert J, Schenk B, Fulda S
Lipoxygenase inhibitors protect acute lymphoblastic leukemia cells from ferroptotic cell death.
Biochem Pharmacol. 2017; 140:41-52 [PubMed] Related Publications
Ferroptosis has recently been identified as a mode of programmed cell death. However, little is yet known about the signaling mechanism. Here, we report that lipoxygenases (LOX) contribute to the regulation of RSL3-induced ferroptosis in acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) cells. We show that the glutathione (GSH) peroxidase 4 (GPX4) inhibitor RSL3 triggers lipid peroxidation, production of reactive oxygen species (ROS) and cell death in ALL cells. All these events are impeded in the presence of Ferrostatin-1 (Fer-1), a small-molecule inhibitor of lipid peroxidation. Also, lipid peroxidation and ROS production precede the induction of cell death, underscoring their contribution to cell death upon exposure to RSL3. Importantly, LOX inhibitors, including the selective 12/15-LOX inhibitor Baicalein and the pan-LOX inhibitor nordihydroguaiaretic acid (NDGA), protect ALL cells from RSL3-stimulated lipid peroxidation, ROS generation and cell death, indicating that LOX contribute to ferroptosis. RSL3 triggers lipid peroxidation and cell death also in FAS-associated Death Domain (FADD)-deficient cells which are resistant to death receptor-induced apoptosis indicating that the induction of ferroptosis may bypass apoptosis resistance. By providing new insights into the molecular regulation of ferroptosis, our study contributes to the development of novel treatment strategies to reactivate programmed cell death in ALL.

Hur EH, Goo BK, Moon J, et al.
Induction of immunoglobulin transcription factor 2 and resistance to MEK inhibitor in melanoma cells.
Oncotarget. 2017; 8(25):41387-41400 [PubMed] Free Access to Full Article Related Publications
Primary or acquired resistance to MEK inhibitors has been a barrier to successful treatment with MEK inhibitors in many tumors. In this study, we analyzed genome-wide gene expression profiling data from 6 sensitive and 6 resistant cell lines to identify candidate genes whose expression changes are associated with responses to a MEK inhibitor, selumetinib (AZD6244). Of 62 identified differentially expressed genes, we selected Immunoglobulin Transcription Factor 2, also known as transcription factor 4 as a potential drug resistance marker for further analysis. This was because the ITF-2 expression increase in resistant cell lines was relatively high and a previous study has suggested that ITF-2 functions as an oncogene in human colon cancers. We also established an AZD6244 resistant cell line (M14/AZD-3) from an AZD6244 sensitive M14 cell line. The expression of the ITF-2 was elevated both in primary AZD6244 resistant cell line, LOX-IMVI and acquired resistant cell line, M14/AZD-3. Targeted silencing of ITF-2 by siRNA significantly enhanced susceptibility to AZD6244 in resistant cells. Wnt/β-catenin pathway was activated through direct interaction of p-ERK and GSK3β. Our results suggest that up-regulation of the ITF-2 gene expression is associated with cellular resistance to MEK inhibitors, and activation of Wnt signaling pathway through interaction of p-ERK and GSK3β seems to be a mechanism for increase of ITF-2.

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