Aberrant transforming growth factor β1 signaling and SMAD4 nuclear translocation confer epigenetic repression of ADAM19 in ovarian cancer
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AbstractTransforming growth factor-beta (TGF-β)/SMAD signaling is a key growth regulatory pathway often dysregulated in ovarian cancer and other malignancies. Although loss of TGF-β-mediated growth inhibition has been shown to contribute to aberrant cell behavior, the epigenetic consequence(s) of impaired TGF-β/SMAD signaling on target genes is not well established. In this study, we show that TGF-β1 causes growth inhibition of normal ovarian surface epithelial cells, induction of nuclear translocation SMAD4, and up-regulation of ADAM19 (a disintegrin and metalloprotease domain 19), a newly identified TGF-β1 target gene. Conversely, induction and nuclear translocation of SMAD4 were negligible in ovarian cancer cells refractory to TGF-β1 stimulation, and ADAM19 expression was greatly reduced. Furthermore, in the TGF-β1 refractory cells, an inactive chromatin environment, marked by repressive histone modifications (trimethyl-H3K27 and dimethyl-H3K9) and histone dea-cetylase, was associated with the ADAM19 promoter region. However, the CpG island found within the promoter and first exon of ADAM19 remained generally unmethylated. Although disrupted growth factor signaling has been linked to epigenetic gene silencing in cancer, this is the first evidence demonstrating that impaired TGF-β1 signaling can result in the formation of a repressive chromatin state and epigenetic suppression of ADAM19. Given the emerging role of ADAMs family proteins in growth factor regulation in normal cells, we suggest that epigenetic dysregulation of ADAM19 may contribute to the neoplastic process in ovarian cancer. Copyright © 2008 Neoplasia Press, Inc. All rights reserved.
All Author(s) ListChan M.W.Y., Huang Y.-W., Hartman-Frey C., Kuo C.-T., Deatherage D., Qin H., Cheng A.S.L., Yan P.S., Davuluri R.V., Huang T.H.-M., Nephew K.P., Lin H.-J.L.
Journal nameNeoplasia
Year2008
Month9
Day1
Volume Number10
Issue Number9
PublisherElsevier BV
Place of PublicationNetherlands
Pages908 - 919
ISSN1522-8002
LanguagesEnglish-United Kingdom

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