Protein tyrosine phosphatase mu regulates glioblastoma cell growth and survival in vivo.

Department of Molecular Biology and Microbiology, School of Medicine, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio 44106-4960, USA.
Neuro-Oncology (Impact Factor: 5.29). 04/2012; 14(5):561-73. DOI: 10.1093/neuonc/nos066
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ABSTRACT Glioblastoma multiforme (GBM) is the most lethal primary brain tumor. Extensive proliferation and dispersal of GBM tumor cells within the brain limits patient survival to approximately 1 year. Hence, there is a great need for the development of better means to treat GBM. Receptor protein tyrosine phosphatase (PTP)µ is proteolytically cleaved in GBM to yield fragments that promote dispersal of GBM cells. While normal brain tissue retains expression of full-length PTPµ, low-grade human astrocytoma samples have varying amounts of full-length PTPµ and cleaved PTPµ. In the highest-grade astrocytomas (i.e., GBM), PTPµ is completely proteolyzed into fragments. We demonstrate that short hairpin RNA mediated knockdown of full-length PTPµ and PTPµ fragments reduces glioma cell growth and survival in vitro. The reduction in growth and survival following PTPµ knockdown is enhanced when cells are grown in the absence of serum, suggesting that PTPµ may regulate autocrine signaling. Furthermore, we show for the first time that reduction of PTPµ protein expression decreases the growth and survival of glioma cells in vivo using mouse xenograft flank and i.c. tumor models. Inhibitors of PTPµ could be used to reduce the growth and survival of GBM cells in the brain, representing a promising therapeutic target for GBM.

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