Overexpression of High-Mobility Group Box 2 Is Associated with Tumor Aggressiveness and Prognosis of Hepatocellular Carcinoma
ABSTRACT We investigated the expression of high-mobility group box 2 (HMGB2) in patients with hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) and its clinical effects with underlying mechanisms.
HMGB2 mRNA levels were measured in 334 HCC patients by real-time reverse transcription-PCR and HMGB2 protein levels in 173 HCC patients by immunohistochemical studies. The HMGB2 expression level was measured by Western blotting for three HCC cell lines. To clarify the precise role of HMGB2 on cell proliferation, we did in vitro analysis with expression vectors and small interfering RNAs.
HMGB2 mRNA and protein expression were significantly higher in HCC than in noncancerous surrounding tissues (P < 0.0001) and showed a positive correlation (ρ = 0.35, P < 0.001). HMGB2 overexpression was significantly correlated with shorter overall survival time, both at mRNA (P = 0.0054) and protein level (P = 0.023). Moreover, HMGB2 mRNA level was an independent prognostic factor for overall survival in a multivariate analysis (P = 0.0037). HMGB2 knockdown by small interfering RNAs decreased cell proliferation, and overexpression of HMGB2 by expression vectors diminished cisplatin- and etoposide-induced cell death.
Our clinical and in vitro data suggest that HMGB2 plays a significant role in tumor development and prognosis of HCC. These results can partly be explained by altered cell proliferations by HMGB2 associated with the antiapoptotic pathway.
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ABSTRACT: Dysregulation of protein expression is associated with most diseases including cancer. Mass spectrometry-based proteomic analysis is widely employed as a tool to study protein dysregulation in cancers. Proteins which are differentially expressed in head and neck squamous cell carcinoma (HNSCC) cell lines compared to the normal oral cell line could serve as biomarkers for patient stratification. To understand the proteomic complexity in HNSCC, we carried out iTRAQ-based mass spectrometry analysis on a panel of HNSCC cell lines in addition to a normal oral keratinocyte cell line. LC-MS/MS analysis of total proteome of the HNSCC cell lines led to the identification of 3263 proteins, of which 185 proteins were overexpressed and 190 proteins were downregulated more than 2-fold in at least two of the three HNSCC cell lines studied. Amongst the overexpressed proteins, 23 proteins were related to DNA replication and repair. These included high mobility group box 2 (HMGB2) protein, which was overexpressed in all three HNSCC lines studied. Overexpression of HMGB2 has been reported in various cancers, yet its role in HNSCC remains unclear. Immunohistochemical labeling of HMGB2 in a panel of HNSCC tumors using tissue microarrays revealed overexpression in 77% (54 of 70) of tumors. The HMGB proteins are known to bind to DNA structure resulting from cisplatin-DNA adducts and affect the chemosensitivity of cells. We observed that siRNA-mediated silencing of HMGB2 increased the sensitivity of the HNSCC cell lines to cisplatin and 5-FU. We hypothesize that targeting HMGB2 could enhance the efficacy of existing chemotherapeutic regimens for treatment of HNSCC.This article is protected by copyright. All rights reservedProteomics 10/2014; 15(2-3). DOI:10.1002/pmic.201400338 · 3.97 Impact Factor
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ABSTRACT: High-mobility group box (HMGB) proteins, a family of chromatin-associated nuclear proteins, play amazingly multifaceted roles in the immune system of mammals. Thus far, little is known about the nucleocytoplasmic distribution of HMGBs in teleosts. The present study systematically investigated the dynamic localization of all six HMGB proteins in Ctenopharyngodon idella kidney (CIK) cells. Under basal conditions, all HMGBs exclusively localized to the nucleus. Grass carp reovirus (GCRV), polyinosinic-polycytidylic (poly(I∶C)) potassium salt and lipopolysaccharide (LPS) challenge evoked the nuclear export of HMGBs to various degrees: GCRV challenge induced the highest nuclear export of CiHMGB2b, and poly(I∶C) and LPS evoked the highest nucleocytoplasmic shuttling of CiHMGB1b. Overall, the nucleocytoplasmic shuttling of CiHMGB2a and CiHMGB3b was rarely induced by these challenges. Dynamic imaging uncovered that the nucleocytoplasmic GCRV-induced relocation of CiHMGB2b occurred in cells undergoing karyotheca rupture, apoptosis or proliferation. Western blot analyses were used to examine HMGB-EGFP fusion proteins in whole cell lysates, cytosol, nuclear fractions and culture medium. Further investigation demonstrated the nuclear retention of N-terminal HMG-boxes and the nucleocytoplasmic distribution of the C-terminal acidic tails. Comparative analyses of the dynamic relocation of full-length, truncated or chimeric HMGBs confirmed that the intramolecular interaction between HMG-boxes and C-tail domains mediated the nucleocytoplasmic translocation of HMGBs. These results not only provide an overall understanding of the subcellular localization of HMGBs, but also reveal the induction mechanism of the nucleocytoplasmic translocation of HMGBs by GCRV challenge, which lays a foundation for further studies on the interactions among pathogens, HMGBs and pattern recognition receptors in the innate immunity of teleosts.Cellular & Molecular Immunology advance online publication, 21 July 2014; doi:10.1038/cmi.2014.55.Cellular & molecular immunology 07/2014; 12(3). DOI:10.1038/cmi.2014.55 · 4.19 Impact Factor
Article: HMGB1 in Health and Disease.[Show abstract] [Hide abstract]
ABSTRACT: Complex genetic and physiological variations as well as environmental factors that drive emergence of chromosomal instability, development of unscheduled cell death, skewed differentiation, and altered metabolism are central to the pathogenesis of human diseases and disorders. Understanding the molecular bases for these processes is important for the development of new diagnostic biomarkers, and for identifying new therapeutic targets. In 1973, a group of non-histone nuclear proteins with high electrophoretic mobility was discovered and termed High-Mobility Group (HMG) proteins. The HMG proteins include three superfamilies termed HMGB, HMGN, and HMGA. High-mobility group box 1 (HMGB1), the most abundant and well-studied HMG protein, senses and coordinates the cellular stress response and plays a critical role not only inside of the cell as a DNA chaperone, chromosome guardian, autophagy sustainer, and protector from apoptotic cell death, but also outside the cell as the prototypic damage associated molecular pattern molecule (DAMP). This DAMP, in conjunction with other factors, thus has cytokine, chemokine, and growth factor activity, orchestrating the inflammatory and immune response. All of these characteristics make HMGB1 a critical molecular target in multiple human diseases including infectious diseases, ischemia, immune disorders, neurodegenerative diseases, metabolic disorders, and cancer. Indeed, a number of emergent strategies have been used to inhibit HMGB1 expression, release, and activity in vitro and in vivo. These include antibodies, peptide inhbitiors, RNAi, anti-coagulants, endogenous hormones, various chemical compounds, HMGB1-receptor and signaling pathway inhibition, artificial DNAs, physical strategies including vagus nerve stimulation and other surgical approaches. Future work further investigating the details of HMGB1 localizationtion, structure, post-translational modification, and identifccation of additional partners will undoubtedly uncover additional secrets regarding HMGB1's multiple functions.Molecular Aspects of Medicine 07/2014; DOI:10.1016/j.mam.2014.05.001 · 10.30 Impact Factor