Jagged1 is the pathological link between Wnt and Notch pathways in colorectal cancer

Institut d'Investigació Biomèdica de Bellvitge Gran Via km 2.7, Hospitalet and Institut Municipal d'Investigacions Mèdiques-Hospital del Mar, Dr. Aiguader 88, 08003 Barcelona, Spain.
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (Impact Factor: 9.81). 04/2009; 106(15):6315-20. DOI: 10.1073/pnas.0813221106
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ABSTRACT Notch has been linked to beta-catenin-dependent tumorigenesis; however, the mechanisms leading to Notch activation and the contribution of the Notch pathway to colorectal cancer is not yet understood. By microarray analysis, we have identified a group of genes downstream of Wnt/beta-catenin (down-regulated when blocking Wnt/beta-catenin) that are directly regulated by Notch (repressed by gamma-secretase inhibitors and up-regulated by active Notch1 in the absence of beta-catenin signaling). We demonstrate that Notch is downstream of Wnt in colorectal cancer cells through beta-catenin-mediated transcriptional activation of the Notch-ligand Jagged1. Consistently, expression of activated Notch1 partially reverts the effects of blocking Wnt/beta-catenin pathway in tumors implanted s.c. in nude mice. Crossing APC(Min/+) with Jagged1(+/Delta) mice is sufficient to significantly reduce the size of the polyps arising in the APC mutant background indicating that Notch is an essential modulator of tumorigenesis induced by nuclear beta-catenin. We show that this mechanism is operating in human tumors from Familial Adenomatous Polyposis patients. We conclude that Notch activation, accomplished by beta-catenin-mediated up-regulation of Jagged1, is required for tumorigenesis in the intestine. The Notch-specific genetic signature is sufficient to block differentiation and promote vasculogenesis in tumors whereas proliferation depends on both pathways.

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    • "Cell lines expressing dominant-negative TCF4 (Ls174T/dnTCF4) and ICN1 (Ls174T/dnTCF4/ICN1) have been previously described (Rodilla et al., 2009; van de Wetering et al., 2002) and were maintained in Dulbecco's media with 10% fetal bovine serum (FBS). Doxycycline (Sigma) was used at 1 µg/ml. "
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    • "By contrast, no changes in the expression of NOTCH-1 and JAG1 were detected in cultured human keratinocytes upon 1α,25(OH) 2 D 3 treatment (Reichrath and Reichrath, 2012). As JAG1 transcription and, consequently, Notch signaling are upregulated by Wnt/β-catenin in colorectal cancer cells (Rodilla et al., 2009), the repressive effect of 1α,25(OH) 2 D 3 on the Notch pathway in this system may be secondary to the antagonism of the Wnt/β-catenin pathway (Figure 1). "
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    • "However, recent studies showed that Notch1 was correlated with poor survival in HCC as well [13] [16]. Apart from the functions mentioned above, the Notch signaling pathway is also critical for endothelial progenitor cells to develop new blood vessels [31] [32]. So far as VM is concerned, tumor cells with such capacity bear close resemblance to endothelial progenitor cells phenotypically and functionally. "
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