Histone modifications silence the GATA transcription factor genes in ovarian cancer

Department of Medical Oncology, Fox Chase Cancer Center, Philadelphia, PA 19111-2497, USA.
Oncogene (Impact Factor: 8.46). 09/2006; 25(39):5446-61. DOI: 10.1038/sj.onc.1209533
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Altered expression of GATA factors was found and proposed as the underlying mechanism for dedifferentiation in ovarian carcinogenesis. In particular, GATA6 is lost or excluded from the nucleus in 85% of ovarian tumors and GATA4 expression is absent in majority of ovarian cancer cell lines. Here, we evaluated their DNA and histone epigenetic modifications in five ovarian epithelial and carcinoma cell lines (human 'immortalized' ovarian surface epithelium (HIO)-117, HIO-114, A2780, SKOV3 and ES2). GATA4 and GATA6 gene silencing was found to correlate with hypoacetylation of histones H3 and H4 and loss of histone H3/lysine K4 tri-methylation at their promoters in all lines. Conversely, histone H3/lysine K9 di-methylation and HP1gamma association were not observed, excluding reorganization of GATA genes into heterochromatic structures. The histone deacetylase inhibitor trichostatin A, but not the DNA methylation inhibitor 5'-aza-2'-deoxycytidine, re-established the expression of GATA4 and/or GATA6 in A2780 and HIO-114 cells, correlating with increased histone H3 and H4 acetylation, histone H3 lysine K4 methylation and DNase I sensitivity at the promoters. Therefore, altered histone modification of the promoter loci is one mechanism responsible for the silencing of GATA transcription factors and the subsequent loss of a target gene, the tumor suppressor Disabled-2, in ovarian carcinogenesis.

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    • "Two genes correspond to more than two of the 139 CpGs, both are well-known tumour suppressor genes: DCC (DCC = Deleted in Colorectal Cancer) and GATA4. The GATA4 promoter is hypermethylated in cancer [28] and it is involved in ovarian cancer [29-31]. Interestingly, the two most important human DNA regions of a recent DNAm cervical pre-cancer classifier, EPB41L3 and DPYS [32], are amongst the ~100 regions corresponding to the 139 CpGs. "
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    • "Previous studies done by our research team on ovarian cancer had demonstrated that the loss of GATA6 is responsible for the nuclear abnormalities and chromosomal numerical instability leading to cancer [10]. Thus the loss of GATA6led to all the hallmark of carcinoma and is prior to the initiation of tumor [8] [9] [10] making the loss of GATA6 a candidate biomarker to assess the risk for the initiation of the hallmark of cancer including cervical cancer. In 2011 statistical data of Ministry of Public Healthin Benin reported 1408 malignant tumors with 333 gynecological (24%). "
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    ABSTRACT: Abstract Introduction: GATA6 is a transcription factor which has role in the induction of cell differentiation genes and the maintenance of the differentiated state of epithelial cells. GATA6 expression is lost in neoplastic ovarian epithelia cells and in ovarian carcinoma leading to abnormal nuclear morphology characteristic of most cancer cells. We investigated the profile of GATA6 in cells collected from cervical-uterine smears (CUS) from women in the gynecologic service of three hospitals in Benin. Objective: To utilize GATA6 as molecular marker for the screening of women at risk of developing cervical carcinomas. Methods: CUS were collected from forty (40) women coming for regular checkup (a) at the National University Hospital (CNHU) in Cotonou and (b) from the local hospital of Mènontin (HZ) in Cotonou (south of Benin); (c) forty others (40) CUS were collected from women coming for treatment against HIV1 in the service of gynecology at the Departmental University Hospital (CHDU) of Borgou in Parakou (north of Benin). thus, GATA6 was analyzed in cells isolated from 80 CUS by immunoblotting techniques. Results: In women from Cotonou, GATA6 was present in 17/40 (42%) CUS, lightly expressed in 10/40 (25%) CUS and totally absent in 13/40 (32.5%) CUS. In the HIV1 infected women under treatment in Parakou, GATA6 was present in 8/40 (20%) CUS, lightly expressed in 13/40 (32.5%) and totally lost in 19/40 (47.5%) CUS. Conclusion: Our study showed that the loss of GATA6 in CUS was significantly higher in the population of women infected with HIV1 than in women from regular population in Cotonou. Thus the deficiency in GATA6 expression maybe utilized as diagnostic tools to identify women at risk for developing cervical carcinomas regardless of the infectious status before the onset of neoplasia. Keywords: GATA6, Cervical-Uterine smears, cervical carcinomas
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    • "As for the gene GATA4, it is expressed in most organs and plays a critical role in the development of these organs [19]. GATA4 is initially expressed during the formation of extraembryonic endoderm differentiated from the pluripotent embryonic stem cells of the inner cell mass during early embryonic development [20] and is also expressed in human ovarian epithelial cells [21,22]. However, GATA4 is often lost in ovarian cancer cells [21,23]. "
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