Expression patterns and potential roles of SIRT1 in human medulloblastoma cells in vivo and in vitro.
ABSTRACT Medulloblastoma is a primitive neuroectodermal tumor, which originates in the cerebellum, presumably due to the alterations of some neurogenetic elements. Sirtuin 1 (SIRT1), a class III histone deacetylase (HDAC), regulates differentiation of neuronal stem cells but its status in medulloblastomas remains largely unknown. The current study aimed to address this issue by checking SIRT1 expression in noncancerous cerebellar tissues, medulloblastoma tissues and established cell lines. The roles of SIRT1 in proliferation and survival of UW228-3 medulloblastoma cells were analyzed by SIRT1 small interfering RNA (siRNA) transfection and SIRT1 inhibitor nicotinamide treatment. The results revealed that the frequency of SIRT1 expression in medulloblastoma tissues was 64.17% (77/120), while only one out of seven tumor-surrounding noncancerous cerebellar tissues showed restricted SIRT1 expression in the cells within the granule layer. Of the three morphological subtypes, the rates of SIRT1 detection in the large cell/anaplastic cell (79.07%; 34/43) and the classic medulloblastomas (60.29%; 41/68) are higher than that (22.22%; 2/9) in nodular/desmoplastic medulloblastomas (P < 0.01 and P < 0.05, respectively). Heterogeneous SIRT1 expression was commonly observed in classic medulloblastoma. Inhibition of SIRT1 expression by siRNA arrested 64.96% of UW228-3 medulloblastoma cells in the gap 1 (G1) phase and induced 14.53% of cells to apoptosis at the 48-h time point. Similarly, inhibition of SIRT1 enzymatic activity with nicotinamide brought about G1 arrest and apoptosis in a dose-related fashion. Our data thus indicate: (i) that SIRT1 may act as a G1-phase promoter and a survival factor in medulloblastoma cells; and (ii) that SIRT1 expression is correlated with the formation and prognosis of human medulloblastomas. In this context, SIRT1 would be a potential therapeutic target of medulloblastomas.
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ABSTRACT: Sirtuins are a highly conserved family of nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide (NAD(+))-dependent protein lysine modifying enzymes with deacetylase, adenosine diphosphateribosyltransferase and other deacylase activities. Mammals have seven sirtuins, namely SIRT1-7. They are key regulators for a wide variety of cellular and physiological processes such as cell proliferation, differentiation, DNA damage and stress response, genome stability, cell survival, metabolism, energy homeostasis, organ development, aging, and cancer. Here we present an extensive literature review of the roles of mammalian sirtuins, particularly SIRT1 as that is the most studied sirtuin, in human epithelial, neuronal, hematopoietic, and mesenchymal malignancies, covering breast, prostate, lung, thyroid, liver, colon, gastric, pancreatic, ovarian, and cervical cancers, tumors of the central nervous system, leukemia and lymphoma, and soft tissue sarcomas. Collective evidence suggests sirtuins are involved in both promoting and suppressing tumorigenesis depending on cellular and molecular contexts. We discuss the potential use of sirtuin modulators, especially sirtuin inhibitors, in cancer treatment.OncoTargets and Therapy 01/2013; 6:1399-1416. · 1.34 Impact Factor
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