[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Hyaluronic acid (HA) is a component of the Extra-cellular matrix (ECM), it is closely correlated with tumor cell growth, proliferation, metastasis and angiogenesis, etc. Hyaluronidase (HAase) is a HA-degrading endoglycosidase, levels of HAase are elevated in many cancers. Hyaluronidase-1 (HYAL1) is the major tumor-derived HAase. We previously demonstrated that HYAL1 were overexpression in human breast cancer. Breast cancer cells with higher HAase expression, exhibited significantly higher invasion ability through matrigel than those cells with lower HAase expression, and knockdown of HYAL1 expression in breast cancer cells resulted in decreased cell growth, adhesion, invasion and angiogenesis. Here, to further elucidate the function of HYAL1 in breast cancer, we investigated the consequences of forcing HYAL1 expression in breast cancer cells by transfection of expression plasmid. Compared with control, HYAL1 up-regulated cells showed increased the HAase activity, and reduced the expression of HA in vitro. Meantime, upregulation of HYAL1 promoted the cell growth, migration, invasion and angiogenesis in vitro. Moreover, in nude mice model, forcing HYAL1 expression induced breast cancer cell xenograft tumor growth and angiogenesis. Interestingly, the HA expression was upregulated by forcing HYAL1 expression in vivo. These findings suggested that HYAL1-HA system is correlated with the malignant behavior of breast cancer.
PLoS ONE 07/2011; 6(7):e22836. DOI:10.1371/journal.pone.0022836 · 3.23 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Extracellular matrix (ECM) is closely correlated with tumor cell growth, proliferation, metastasis and angiogenesis, etc. Hyaluronic acid (HA) is a component of the ECM, and hyaluronidase (HAase) is a HA-degrading endoglycosidase. Levels of HAase are elevated in many cancers. Hyaluronidase-1 (HYAL1) is the major tumor-derived HAase. In this study, we detected HYAL1 expression levels in breast cancer cells and tissues, and measured the amount HAase activity in breast cancer cells. Compared with nonmalignant breast cell line HBL-100 and normal breast tissues, HYAL1 were overexpressed in breast cancer cell lines MDA-MB-231, MCF-7, invasive duct cancer tissues and metastatic lymph nodes, respectively. Accordingly, the amount HAase activity in MDA-MB-231 and MCF-7 was higher than that in HBL-100. In addition, knockdown of HYAL1 expression in MDA-MB-231 and MCF-7 cells resulted in decreased cell growth, adhesion, invasion and angiogenesis potential. Meantime, the HYAL1 knockdown markedly inhibited breast cancer cell xenograft tumor growth and microvessel density. Further studies showed that the HYAL1, HYAL2 and HA were elevated in breast cancer, and HYAL1 could downregulate HA expression. In conclusion, HYAL1 may be a potential prognostic marker and therapeutic target in breast cancer.
International Journal of Cancer 03/2011; 128(6):1303-15. DOI:10.1002/ijc.25460 · 5.01 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Hyaluronidase (Hyase) is an enzyme which hydrolyses hyaluronan (HA), a large nonsulfated glycosaminoglycan. Several genes have been identified to code for hyaluronidases in humans. Its role has only recently been underlined in the invasion of prostate cancer, colonic cancer, and breast cancer. Moreover, the findings were in agreement with some experimental results which showed that HA-derived oligosaccharides had angiogenesis-promoting activity. All these findings prompted us to investigate factors that had been characterized as putative invasive factors in different human breast cancer-derived cell lines.
We selected two series of human breast cancer-derived cell lines whose expression of estrogen receptors (ER) was previously published. Hyaluronidase secretion in culture medium and expression of matrix metallo-proteinase (MMP)-9, cathepsin-D (cath-D) and vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) by cells were determined. We also investigated cell invasiveness in the Matrigel invasion assay, and studied the capability of cancer cells to promote in vitro formation of tubules by endothelial cells.
ER(-) cells secreted significantly more hyaluronidase (P < 0.001) and expressed significantly more VEGF (P < 0.01), MMP-9 (P < 0.05) and cath-D (P < 0.0001) than ER(+) cells. Invasion through Matrigel by ER(-) Hyase(+) cells was significantly higher than that by ER(+) Hyase(-) cells (P < 0.05). In both cases, invasion was decreased by heparin (P < 0.05). When ECV-304 endothelial cells were co-cultivated in millicell chambers with cancer cells, ECV-304 cells were induced to form tubules. Tubule formation was demonstrated to be more prominent with ER(-) Hyase(+) cells than with ER(+) Hyase(-) cells (P < 0.05).
Invasive features of ER(-) breast cancer cells can be characterized in vitro by an invasive Matrigel assay, as the induction of tubule formation by ECV-304 endothelial cells, higher secretion of hyaluronidase, and higher expression of proteinases MMP-9, cath-D, and the angiogenesis promoting factor VEGF.
Chinese medical journal 07/2009; 122(11):1300-4. DOI:10.3760/cma.j.issn.0366-6999.2009.11.012 · 1.02 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: To study the effect of shRNA-CXCR4 on human breast cancer cells migration and invasion.
Through knockdown CXCR4 by shRNA, the CXCR4 mRNA expression and protein expression were examined with RT-PCR and Western blot separately. The matrigel penetrating ability of human breast cancer cells was examined in vitro experiments.
The CXCR4 mRNA express and its protein express decreased significantly in MCF-7, MDA-MB-231 and MDA-MB-435s breast cancer cells (P<0.05). The invasive ability of human breast cancer cells was significantly decreased (P<0.05).
through knockdown CXCR4 by shRNA, the invasive ability of human breast cancer cells can be inhibited obviously.
Sichuan da xue xue bao. Yi xue ban = Journal of Sichuan University. Medical science edition 06/2009; 40(3):393-7.
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: To study the effects of a small interfering RNA targeting CXCR-4 (shRNA-CXCR4) on angiogenesis of human breast cancer cells.
The expression of CXCR4 mRNA and protein in 3 breast cancer cell lines with CXCR-4 silencing mediated by shRNA-CXCR4 was detected by RT-PCR and Western blotting, respectively. The morphological changes of human umbilical vein endothelial cells (HUVECs) were observed in co-culture with human breast cancer cells after CXCR4 gene silencing.
CXCR4 mRNA and protein expressions decreased significantly in MCF-7, MDA-MB-231 and MDA-MB-435s breast cancer cells after the gene silencing (P<0.05). Gene silencing with shRNA-CXCR4 in human breast cancer cells significantly inhibited the ability of HUVECs to form tubular structures in the co-culture (P<0.05).
Gene silencing by shRNA-CXCR4 can obviously lower the angiogenesis-inducing ability of human breast cancer cells.
Nan fang yi ke da xue xue bao = Journal of Southern Medical University 05/2009; 29(5):954-8.
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: It is reported that hyaluronidase is related to malignant potentiality of human breast cancer. This study was to investigate whether HYAL1 RNA interference (RNAi) could effectively inhibit gene mRNA expression as well as cell proliferation in human breast cancer cells.
Chemically synthesized double stranded RNA (dsRNA) targeting HYAL1 was transfected into human breast cancer cell lines MDA-MB-231, MDA-MB-453S, ZR-75 and ZR-75-30 using SiPORT lipid. The transfection efficiency was observed under a fluorescence confocal microscopy. Expression of HYAL1 mRNA was detected by reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR). Cell proliferation and cell cycle were determined by MTT and flow cytometry assay, respectively.
HYAL1 siRNA effectively inhibited HYAL1 mRNA expression (P<0.05), cell proliferation (P<0.05), and induced cell cycle arrest in G0/G1 phase with a significant decrease of cells in S-phase(P<0.05).
HYAL1-siRNA may be used as a new approach in human breast cancer gene therapy.
Ai zheng = Aizheng = Chinese journal of cancer 07/2006; 25(7):844-8.