Hypomethylation of the 14-3-3σ promoter leads to increased expression in non-small cell lung cancer

Vijayababu M. Radhakrishnan, Taylor J. Jensen, Haiyan Cui, Bernard W Futscher, Jesse D Martinez

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Abstract

The 14-3-3 proteins are a set of seven highly conserved proteins that have recently been implicated in having a role in human tumorigenesis. However, the mechanism by which 14-3-3 proteins may act in this capacity is not well understood. In this study, we examined the expression of one of the 14-3-3 family members, 14-3-3σ, since it was shown previously to be aberrantly altered in human tumors. Using quantitative rtPCR and immunohistochemistry, we found that the expression levels of 14-3-3σ were elevated in the majority of human non-small cell lung cancers (NSCLC) we examined. Surprisingly, we found that the 14-3-3σ gene was hypomethylated in lung tumors relative to normal lung tissue suggesting that decreased DNA methylation resulted in increased expression of 14-3-3σ in NSCLC. We also determined the gene copy number for 14-3-3σ in tumor samples and found no significant correlation with elevated mRNA expression. And also no mutations were found in 14-3-3σ gene. Overall, our data suggest that misregulated expression of 14-3-3σ gene may be due to altered methylation status.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)830-836
Number of pages7
JournalGenes Chromosomes and Cancer
Volume50
Issue number10
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 2011

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Non-Small Cell Lung Carcinoma
14-3-3 Proteins
Genes
Neoplasms
Lung
Gene Dosage
DNA Methylation
Methylation
Carcinogenesis
Immunohistochemistry
Messenger RNA
Mutation
Proteins

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  • Genetics

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Hypomethylation of the 14-3-3σ promoter leads to increased expression in non-small cell lung cancer. / Radhakrishnan, Vijayababu M.; Jensen, Taylor J.; Cui, Haiyan; Futscher, Bernard W; Martinez, Jesse D.

In: Genes Chromosomes and Cancer, Vol. 50, No. 10, 10.2011, p. 830-836.

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