Overexpression of astrocyte elevated gene-1 (AEG-1) is associated with esophageal squamous cell carcinoma (ESCC) progression and pathogenesis.
ABSTRACT Astrocyte elevated gene-1 (AEG-1), upregulated in various types of human cancers, has been reported to be associated with the carcinogenesis of human cancer. However, the functional significance of AEG-1 in human esophageal squamous cell carcinoma (ESCC) remains unknown. In the present study, we showed the expression of AEG-1 was markedly upregulated in esophageal cancer cell lines and surgical ESCC specimens at both transcriptional and translational levels. Immunohistochemical analysis revealed that 80 of 168 (47.6%) paraffin-embedded archival ESCC specimens exhibited high levels of AEG-1 expression. Statistical analysis suggested the upregulation of AEG-1 was significantly correlated with the clinical staging of the ESCC patients (P = 0.001), T classification (P = 0.002), N classification (P = 0.034), M classification (P = 0.021) and histological differentiation (P = 0.035) and those patients with high AEG-1 levels exhibited shorter survival time (P < 0.001). Multivariate analysis indicated that AEG-1 expression might be an independent prognostic indicator of the survival of patients with ESCC. Furthermore, we found that ectopic expression of AEG-1 in ESCC cells could significantly enhance cell proliferation and anchorage-independent growth ability. Conversely, silencing AEG-1 by short hairpin RNAi caused an inhibition of cell growth and anchorage-independent growth ability on soft agar. Moreover, we demonstrated that the upregulation of AEG-1 could reduce the expression of p27(Kip1) and induce the expression of cyclin D1 through the AKT/FOXO3a pathway. Our findings suggest that the AEG-1 protein is a valuable marker of ESCC progression and that the upregulation of AEG-1 plays an important role in the development and pathogenesis of human ESCC.
Article: Astrocyte elevated gene-1 regulates astrocyte responses to neural injury: implications for reactive astrogliosis and neurodegeneration.[show abstract] [hide abstract]
ABSTRACT: BACKGROUND: Reactive astrogliosis is a ubiquitous but poorly understood hallmark of central nervous system pathologies such as trauma and neurodegenerative diseases. In vitro and in vivo studies have identified proinflammatory cytokines and chemokines as mediators of astrogliosis during injury and disease; however, the molecular mechanism remains unclear. In this study, we identify astrocyte elevated gene-1 (AEG-1), a human immunodeficiency virus 1 or tumor necrosis factor alpha-inducible oncogene, as a novel modulator of reactive astrogliosis. AEG-1 has engendered tremendous interest in the field of cancer research as a therapeutic target for aggressive tumors. However, little is known of its role in astrocytes and astrocyte-mediated diseases. Based on its oncogenic role in several cancers, here we investigate the AEG-1-mediated regulation of astrocyte migration and proliferation during reactive astrogliosis. METHODS: An in vivo brain injury mouse model was utilized to show AEG-1 induction following reactive astrogliosis. In vitro wound healing and cell migration assays following AEG-1 knockdown were performed to analyze the role of AEG-1 in astrocyte migration. AEG-1-mediated regulation of astrocyte proliferation was assayed by quantifying the levels of cell proliferation markers, Ki67 and proliferation cell nuclear antigen, using immunocytochemistry. Confocal microscopy was used to evaluate nucleolar localization of AEG-1 in cultured astrocytes following injury. RESULTS: The in vivo mouse model for brain injury showed reactive astrocytes with increased glial fibrillary acidic protein and AEG-1 colocalization at the wound site. AEG-1 knockdown in cultured human astrocytes significantly reduced astrocyte migration into the wound site and cell proliferation. Confocal analysis showed colocalization of AEG-1 to the nucleolus of injured cultured human astrocytes. CONCLUSIONS: The present findings report for the first time the novel role of AEG-1 in mediating reactive astrogliosis and in regulating astrocyte responses to injury. We also report the nucleolar localization of AEG-1 in human astrocytes in response to injury. Future studies may be directed towards elucidating the molecular mechanism of AEG-1 action in astrocytes during reactive astrogliosis.Journal of Neuroinflammation 08/2012; 9(1):195. · 3.83 Impact Factor
Article: Expression of AEG-1 mRNA and protein in colorectal cancer patients and colon cancer cell lines.[show abstract] [hide abstract]
ABSTRACT: Astrocyte elevated gene 1 (AEG-1), an important oncogene, has been shown to be overexpressed in several types of cancers. In colorectal cancer (CRC), the protein level of AEG-1 is up-regulated in tumour tissue compared to normal mucosa, showing prognostic significance. Since little is known about the transcriptional level of AEG-1 expression and its biological pathway in CRC the aim of the present study was to examine the relationship of AEG-1 mRNA expression, the protein level and clinicopathological variables as well as its biology pathway in CRC. The mRNA expression of AEG-1 was analysed by qPCR in fresh frozen patient samples including 156 primary tumours, along with the corresponding normal mucosa, and in five colon cancer cell lines, SW480, SW620, KM12C, KM12SM and KM12L4a. AEG-1 protein expression was investigated by immunohistochemistry in paraffin-embedded materials from 74 distant normal mucosa, 107 adjacent mucosa, 158 primary tumour, 35 lymph node metastasis and 9 liver metastasis samples. In addition, the AEG-1 protein expression was elucidated in the cell lines by Western blot. The lymph node metastatic cell line SW620 had a significantly higher AEG-1 mRNA (0.27 ± 0.02) expression compared to the primary tumour cell line SW480 (0.17 ± 0.04, p = 0.026). AEG-1 expression at the mRNA level and/or the protein level was significantly up-regulated gradually from normal mucosa to primary CRC, and then to lymph node metastasis and finally to liver metastasis (p < 0.05). There were significant associations of AEG-1 mRNA expression with tumour location (p = 0.047), as well as mRNA and protein expression with the tumour stage (p < 0.03). Furthermore AEG-1 protein expression was positively related to biological variables including NF-κB, p73, Rad50 and apoptosis (p < 0.05). AEG-1 is up-regulated, at the mRNA and the protein level, during CRC development and aggressiveness, and is related to tumour location and stage. It may play its role in CRC through the NF-κB signaling pathway.Journal of Translational Medicine 05/2012; 10:109. · 3.41 Impact Factor
Article: Metadherin is a prognostic predictor of hepatocellular carcinoma after curative hepatectomy.[show abstract] [hide abstract]
ABSTRACT: BACKGROUNDAIMS: The prognosis after surgical resection of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) remains poor because of a high rate of recurrence. Thus, it is crucial to identify patients with a high risk of recurrence after curative hepatectomy and to develop more effective and targeted treatment strategies to improve disease outcomes. In this study, we investigated the roles of metadherin (MTDH) in the prognosis of HCC. We investigated MTDH expression using immunohistochemistry in tumor tissue microarrays of 288 primary HCC patients who underwent curative surgical resection. High MTDH expression was observed in 138 of the 288 HCC cases (47.9%). High MTDH expression was associated with a younger age (p<0.001), higher Edmondson grade (p<0.001), microvascular invasion (p<0.001), higher American Joint Committee on Cancer T stage (p=0.001), and higher α-fetoprotein level (p=0.003). Multivariate analyses revealed that high MTDH expression (p=0.014), higher Barcelona-Clinic Liver Cancer (BCLC) stage (p<0.001), and Edmondson grade III (p=0.042) were independent predictors of shorter disease-free survival (DFS). Higher BCLC stage (p<0.001) and Edmondson grade III (p=0.047) were also independent predictors of shorter disease-specific survival. High MTDH expression may be a prognostic predictor of shorter DFS in HCC patients after curative hepatectomy.Gut and liver 03/2013; 7(2):206-12. · 0.83 Impact Factor