S T Yuen

University of California, San Francisco, San Francisco, CA, United States

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    ABSTRACT: Gastric cancer is a heterogeneous disease with diverse molecular and histological subtypes. We performed whole-genome sequencing in 100 tumor-normal pairs, along with DNA copy number, gene expression and methylation profiling, for integrative genomic analysis. We found subtype-specific genetic and epigenetic perturbations and unique mutational signatures. We identified previously known (TP53, ARID1A and CDH1) and new (MUC6, CTNNA2, GLI3, RNF43 and others) significantly mutated driver genes. Specifically, we found RHOA mutations in 14.3% of diffuse-type tumors but not in intestinal-type tumors (P < 0.001). The mutations clustered in recurrent hotspots affecting functional domains and caused defective RHOA signaling, promoting escape from anoikis in organoid cultures. The top perturbed pathways in gastric cancer included adherens junction and focal adhesion, in which RHOA and other mutated genes we identified participate as key players. These findings illustrate a multidimensional and comprehensive genomic landscape that highlights the molecular complexity of gastric cancer and provides a road map to facilitate genome-guided personalized therapy.
    Nature Genetics 05/2014; · 35.21 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: The clinical classification of hereditary sequence variants identified in disease-related genes directly affects clinical management of patients and their relatives. The International Society for Gastrointestinal Hereditary Tumours (InSiGHT) undertook a collaborative effort to develop, test and apply a standardized classification scheme to constitutional variants in the Lynch syndrome–associated genes MLH1, MSH2, MSH6 and PMS2. Unpublished data submission was encouraged to assist in variant classification and was recognized through microattribution. The scheme was refined by multidisciplinary expert committee review of the clinical and functional data available for variants, applied to 2,360 sequence alterations, and disseminated online. Assessment using validated criteria altered classifications for 66% of 12,006 database entries. Clinical recommendations based on transparent evaluation are now possible for 1,370 variants that were not obviously protein truncating from nomenclature. This large-scale endeavor will facilitate the consistent management of families suspected to have Lynch syndrome and demonstrates the value of multidisciplinary collaboration in the curation and classification of variants in public locus-specific databases.
    Nature Genetics 12/2013; · 35.21 Impact Factor
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    Nature Genetics 12/2013; · 35.21 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Colorectal cancer (CRC) presents as a very heterogeneous disease which cannot sufficiently be characterized with the currently known genetic and epigenetic markers. To identify new markers for colorectal cancer we scrutinized the methylation status of 231 DNA repair-related genes by methyl-CpG immunoprecipitation followed by global methylation profiling on a CpG island microarray, as altered expression of these genes could drive genomic and chromosomal instability observed in these tumors. We show for the first time hypermethylation of MMP9, DNMT3A, and LIG4 in CRC which was confirmed in two CRC patient groups with different ethnicity. DNA ligase IV (LIG4) showed strong differential promoter methylation (up to 60%) which coincided with down-regulation of mRNA in 51% of cases. This functional association of LIG4 methylation and gene expression was supported by LIG4 re-expression in 5-aza-2'-deoxycytidine-treated colon cancer cell lines, and reduced ligase IV amounts and end-joining activity in extracts of tumors with hypermethylation. Methylation of LIG4 was not associated with other genetic and epigenetic markers of CRC in our study. As LIG4 is located on chromosome 13 which is frequently amplified in CRC, two loci were tested for gene amplification in a subset of 47 cases. Comparison of amplification, methylation and expression data revealed that, in 30% of samples, the LIG4 gene was amplified and methylated, but expression was not changed. In conclusion, hypermethylation of the LIG4 promoter is a new mechanism to control ligase IV expression. It may represent a new epigenetic marker for colorectal cancer independent of known markers.
    Human Molecular Genetics 11/2013; · 7.69 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Genomic instability with frequent DNA copy number alterations is one of the key hallmarks of carcinogenesis. The chromosomal regions with frequent DNA copy number gain and loss in human gastric cancer are still poorly defined. It remains unknown how the DNA copy number variations contributes to the changes of gene expression profiles, especially on the global level. We analyzed DNA copy number alterations in 64 human gastric cancer samples and 8 gastric cancer cell lines using bacterial artificial chromosome (BAC) arrays based comparative genomic hybridization (aCGH). Statistical analysis was applied to correlate previously published gene expression data obtained from cDNA microarrays with corresponding DNA copy number variation data to identify candidate oncogenes and tumor suppressor genes. We found that gastric cancer samples showed recurrent DNA copy number variations, including gains at 5p, 8q, 20p, 20q, and losses at 4q, 9p, 18q, 21q. The most frequent regions of amplification were 20q12 (7/72), 20q12-20q13.1 (12/72), 20q13.1-20q13.2 (11/72) and 20q13.2-20q13.3 (6/72). The most frequent deleted region was 9p21 (8/72). Correlating gene expression array data with aCGH identified 321 candidate oncogenes, which were overexpressed and showed frequent DNA copy number gains; and 12 candidate tumor suppressor genes which were down-regulated and showed frequent DNA copy number losses in human gastric cancers. Three networks of significantly expressed genes in gastric cancer samples were identified by ingenuity pathway analysis. This study provides insight into DNA copy number variations and their contribution to altered gene expression profiles during human gastric cancer development. It provides novel candidate driver oncogenes or tumor suppressor genes for human gastric cancer, useful pathway maps for the future understanding of the molecular pathogenesis of this malignancy, and the construction of new therapeutic targets.
    PLoS ONE 01/2012; 7(4):e29824. · 3.53 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Gastric cancer is a heterogeneous disease with multiple environmental etiologies and alternative pathways of carcinogenesis. Beyond mutations in TP53, alterations in other genes or pathways account for only small subsets of the disease. We performed exome sequencing of 22 gastric cancer samples and identified previously unreported mutated genes and pathway alterations; in particular, we found genes involved in chromatin modification to be commonly mutated. A downstream validation study confirmed frequent inactivating mutations or protein deficiency of ARID1A, which encodes a member of the SWI-SNF chromatin remodeling family, in 83% of gastric cancers with microsatellite instability (MSI), 73% of those with Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) infection and 11% of those that were not infected with EBV and microsatellite stable (MSS). The mutation spectrum for ARID1A differs between molecular subtypes of gastric cancer, and mutation prevalence is negatively associated with mutations in TP53. Clinically, ARID1A alterations were associated with better prognosis in a stage-independent manner. These results reveal the genomic landscape, and highlight the importance of chromatin remodeling, in the molecular taxonomy of gastric cancer.
    Nature Genetics 12/2011; 43(12):1219-23. · 35.21 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Intestinal stem cells (ISCs) are regulated by the mesenchymal environment via physical interaction and diffusible factors. We examined the role of Indian hedgehog (Ihh) in mesenchymal organization and the mechanisms by which perturbations in epithelial-mesenchymal interactions affect ISC fate. We generated mice with intestinal epithelial-specific disruption of Ihh. Gross and microscopic anatomical changes were determined using histologic, immunohistochemical, and in situ hybridization analyses. Molecular mechanisms were elucidated by expression profiling and in vitro analyses. Deletion of intestinal epithelial Ihh disrupted the intestinal mesenchymal architecture, demonstrated by loss of the muscularis mucosae, deterioration of the extracellular matrix, and reductions in numbers of crypt myofibroblasts. Concurrently, the epithelial compartment had increased Wnt signaling, disturbed crypt polarity and architecture, defective enterocyte differentiation, and increased and ectopic proliferation that was accompanied by increased numbers of ISCs. Mechanistic studies revealed that Hh inhibition deregulates bone morphogenetic protein signaling, increases matrix metalloproteinase levels, and disrupts extracellular matrix proteins, fostering a proliferative environment for ISCs and progenitor cells. Ihh regulates ISC self-renewal and differentiation. Intestinal epithelial Ihh signals to the mesenchymal compartment to regulate formation and proliferation of mesenchymal cells, which in turn affect epithelial proliferation and differentiation. These findings provide a basis for analyses of the role of the muscularis mucosae in ISC regulation.
    Gastroenterology 09/2010; 139(3):893-903. · 12.82 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: In a study of 109 colorectal cancers, DNA copy number aberrations were identified by comparative genomic hybridization using a DNA microarray covering the entire genome at an average interval of less than 1 Mbase. Four patterns were revealed by unsupervised clustering analysis, one of them associated with significantly better prognosis than the others. This group contained tumours with short, dispersed, and relatively few regions of copy number gain or loss. The good prognosis of this group was not attributable to the presence of tumours showing microsatellite instability (MSI-H). Supervised methods were employed to determine those genomic regions where copy number alterations correlate significantly with multiple indices of aggressive growth (lymphatic spread, recurrence, and early death). Multivariate analysis identified DNA copy number loss at 18q12.2, harbouring a single gene, BRUNOL4 that encodes the Bruno-like 4 splicing factor, as an independent prognostic indicator. The data show that the different patterns of DNA copy number alterations in primary tumours reveal prognostic information and can aid identification of novel prognosis-associated genes.
    The Journal of Pathology 10/2009; 220(3):338-47. · 7.59 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Inflammatory genes and microRNAs have roles in colon carcinogenesis; therefore, they may provide useful biomarkers for colon cancer. This study examines the potential clinical utility of an inflammatory gene expression signature as a prognostic biomarker for colon cancer in addition to previously examined miR-21 expression. Quantitative reverse transcriptase-PCR. was used to measure the expression of 23 inflammatory genes in colon adenocarcinomas and adjacent noncancerous tissues from 196 patients. These data were used to develop models for cancer-specific mortality on a training cohort (n = 57), and this model was tested in both a test (n = 56) and a validation (n = 83) cohort. Expression data for miR-21 were available for these patients and were compared and combined with inflammatory gene expression. PRG1, IL-10, CD68, IL-23a, and IL-12a expression in noncancerous tissue, and PRG1, ANXA1, IL-23a, IL-17a, FOXP3, and HLA-DRA expression in tumor tissues were associated with poor prognosis based on Cox regression (/Z-score/ >1.5) and were used to generate the inflammatory risk score (IRS). IRS was associated with cancer-specific mortality in the training, test (P = 0.01), and validation (P = 0.02) cohorts. This association was strong for stage II cases (P = 0.002). Expression of miR-21 was associated with IL-6, IL-8, IL-10, IL-12a, and NOS2a, providing evidence that the function of this microRNA and these inflammatory genes are linked. Both IRS and miR-21 expression were independently associated with cancer-specific mortality, including stage II patients alone. IRS and miR-21 expression are independent predictors of colon cancer prognosis and may provide a clinically useful tool to identify high-risk patients.
    Clinical Cancer Research 09/2009; 15(18):5878-87. · 7.84 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Repulsive guidance molecule member A (RGMA) is a glycosylphosphatidylinositol-anchored glycoprotein and axon guidance molecule that signals through its receptor, neogenin (NEO1), a homologue of the deleted-in-colorectal cancer (DCC) gene. RGMA also functions as a bone morphogenetic protein (BMP) coreceptor. We studied the potential roles of RGMA and NEO1 in colorectal cancer (CRC) pathogenesis. We analyzed expression of RGMA and NEO1, as well as their epigenetic and genetic changes, in a large series of CRC samples, normal colon tissues, adenomas, and cell lines. These studies were accompanied by in vitro functional assay. RGMA and NEO1 expression were significantly down-regulated in most CRCs, adenomas, and cell lines. RGMA was frequently silenced by promoter methylation in CRCs (86.7%), adenomas (90.9%), and CRC cell lines (92.3%) but not in normal colon tissues; allelic imbalance of RGMA and NEO1 was observed in 40% and 49% of CRCs, respectively. In CRC samples, reduced RGMA levels were significantly associated with mismatch repair deficiency or mutations in KRAS or BRAF. Exposure to 5-aza-2'-deoxycytidine restored RGMA expression in CRC cell lines. Transfection of RGMA into CRC cells suppressed cell proliferation, migration, and invasion and also increased apoptosis in response to DNA-damaging agent. The frequent genetic and epigenetic inactivation of RGMA in CRCs and adenomas along with its in vitro function collectively support its role as a tumor suppressor in colon cells. These findings add to the expanding list of axon guidance molecules with disrupted function during colon carcinogenesis and create new opportunities for early detection and drug development.
    Gastroenterology 04/2009; 137(1):176-87. · 12.82 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Somatically acquired epigenetic changes are present in many cancers. Epigenetic regulation is maintained via post-translational modifications of core histones. Here, we describe inactivating somatic mutations in the histone lysine demethylase gene UTX, pointing to histone H3 lysine methylation deregulation in multiple tumor types. UTX reintroduction into cancer cells with inactivating UTX mutations resulted in slowing of proliferation and marked transcriptional changes. These data identify UTX as a new human cancer gene.
    Nature Genetics 04/2009; 41(5):521-3. · 35.21 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: In order to study the effects of nicotine on liver, groups of rats were given nicotine doses that simulated those seen in chronic smoking (54 and 108 μmol/l of nicotine) for 10 days. A subgroup was also given a single subcutaneous injection of 6 g/kg of carbon tetrachloride (CCl4) shortly before the animals of the group were killed. Histology demonstrated a significant hepatotoxic effect in the group receiving 108 μmol/l of nicotine when compared with the control group in the form of fatty change, focal or confluent necrosis and dark-cell change. The effects in pregnant rats were less severe. Carbon tetrachloride alone induced significant fatty change and focal necrosis in non-pregnant rats but not in pregnant rats. Nicotine also aggravated the CCl4 induced pathological changes in livers of both non-pregnant and pregnant animals. Thus nicotine alone, when given at a concentration of 108 μmol/l, exerted hepatotoxic effects; the alkaloid also aggravated the hepatotoxicity of CCl4. Pregnant rats were more resistant to the hepatotoxic effects produced by nicotine and CCl4.
    Pharmacology &amp Toxicology 03/2009; 77(3):225 - 230.
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    ABSTRACT: Lynch syndrome patients are susceptible to colorectal and endometrial cancers owing to inactivating germline mutations in mismatch repair genes, including MSH2 (ref. 1). Here we describe patients from Dutch and Chinese families with MSH2-deficient tumors carrying heterozygous germline deletions of the last exons of TACSTD1, a gene directly upstream of MSH2 encoding Ep-CAM. Due to these deletions, transcription of TACSTD1 extends into MSH2. The MSH2 promoter in cis with the deletion is methylated in Ep-CAM positive but not in Ep-CAM negative normal tissues, thus revealing a correlation between activity of the mutated TACSTD1 allele and epigenetic inactivation of the corresponding MSH2 allele. Gene silencing by transcriptional read-through of a neighboring gene in either sense, as demonstrated here, or antisense direction, could represent a general mutational mechanism. Depending on the expression pattern of the neighboring gene that lacks its normal polyadenylation signal, this may cause either generalized or mosaic patterns of epigenetic inactivation.
    Nature Genetics 01/2009; 41(1):112-7. · 35.21 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Early events in colorectal tumorigenesis include mutation of the adenomatous polyposis coli (APC) gene and epigenetic hypermethylation with transcriptional silencing of the O(6)-methylguanine DNA methyltransferase (MGMT), human mut L homologue 1 (hMLH1), and P16/CDKN2A genes. Epigenetic alterations affect genetic events: Loss of MGMT via hypermethylation reportedly predisposes to guanine-to-adenine or cytosine-to-thymine (G:C-->A:T) transition mutations in KRAS and P53, and silencing of hMLH1 leads to high levels of microsatellite instability (MSI-H)/mutator phenotype, suggesting that epigenetic-genetic subtypes exist. We evaluated the relationships of aberrant methylation of APC, MGMT, hMLH1, P16, N33, and five MINTs to mutations in APC, KRAS, BRAF, and P53 in 208 colorectal carcinomas. We found that APC hypermethylation was age related (P = 0.04), in contrast to the other genes, and did not cluster with CpG island methylator phenotype (CIMP) markers. Hypermethylation of APC concurrently with either MGMT or hMLH1 was strongly associated with occurrence of G-to-A transitions in APC [odds ratio (OR), 26.8; P < 0.0002 from multivariable logic regression model], but C-to-T transitions had no associations. There was no relationship of hypermethylation of any gene, including MGMT, with G-to-A or C-to-T transitions in KRAS or P53, although APC hypermethylation was associated with P53 mutation (P < 0.0002). CIMP with MSI-H due to hMLH1 hypermethylation, or CIMP with loss of MGMT expression in non-MSI-H tumors, was associated with BRAF mutation (OR, 4.5; P < 0.0002). CIMP was also associated with BRAF V600E T-to-A transversion (OR, 48.5; P < 0.0002). Our findings suggest that the heterogeneous epigenetic dysregulation of promoter methylation in various genes is interrelated with the occurrence of mutations, as manifested in epigenetic-genetic subgroups of tumors.
    Clinical Cancer Research 05/2008; 14(9):2560-9. · 7.84 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: MicroRNAs have potential as diagnostic biomarkers and therapeutic targets in cancer. No study has evaluated the association between microRNA expression patterns and colon cancer prognosis or therapeutic outcome. To identify microRNA expression patterns associated with colon adenocarcinomas, prognosis, or therapeutic outcome. MicroRNA microarray expression profiling of tumors and paired nontumorous tissues was performed on a US test cohort of 84 patients with incident colon adenocarcinoma, recruited between 1993 and 2002. We evaluated associations with tumor status, TNM staging, survival prognosis, and response to adjuvant chemotherapy. Associations were validated in a second, independent Chinese cohort of 113 patients recruited between 1991 and 2000, using quantitative reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction assays. The final date of follow-up was December 31, 2005, for the Maryland cohort and August 16, 2004, for the Hong Kong cohort. MicroRNAs that were differentially expressed in tumors and microRNA expression patterns associated with survival using cancer-specific death as the end point. RESULTS Thirty-seven microRNAs were differentially expressed in tumors from the test cohort. Selected for validation were miR-20a, miR-21, miR-106a, miR-181b, and miR-203, and all 5 were enriched in tumors from the validation cohort (P < .001). Higher miR-21 expression was present in adenomas (P = .006) and in tumors with more advanced TNM staging (P < .001). In situ hybridization demonstrated miR-21 to be expressed at high levels in colonic carcinoma cells. The 5-year cancer-specific survival rate was 57.5% for the Maryland cohort and was 49.5% for the Hong Kong cohort. High miR-21 expression was associated with poor survival in both the training (hazard ratio, 2.5; 95% confidence interval, 1.2-5.2) and validation cohorts (hazard ratio, 2.4; 95% confidence interval, 1.4-3.9), independent of clinical covariates, including TNM staging, and was associated with a poor therapeutic outcome. Expression patterns of microRNAs are systematically altered in colon adenocarcinomas. High miR-21 expression is associated with poor survival and poor therapeutic outcome.
    JAMA The Journal of the American Medical Association 02/2008; 299(4):425-36. · 29.98 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Posttranslational mechanisms are implicated in the development of epithelial cell polarity, but little is known about the patterns of gene expression and transcriptional regulation during this process. We characterized temporal patterns of gene expression during cell-cell adhesion-initiated polarization of cultured human Caco-2 cells, which develop structural and functional polarity resembling enterocytes in vivo. A distinctive switch in gene expression patterns occurred upon formation of cell-cell contacts. Comparison to gene expression patterns in normal human colon and colon tumors revealed that the pattern in proliferating, nonpolarized Caco-2 cells paralleled patterns seen in human colon cancer in vivo, including expression of genes involved in cell proliferation. The pattern switched in polarized Caco-2 cells to one more closely resembling that in normal colon tissue, indicating that regulation of transcription underlying Caco-2 cell polarization is similar to that during enterocyte differentiation in vivo. Surprisingly, the temporal program of gene expression in polarizing Caco-2 cells involved changes in signaling pathways (e.g., Wnt, Hh, BMP, FGF) in patterns similar to those during migration and differentiation of intestinal epithelial cells in vivo, despite the absence of morphogen gradients and interactions with stromal cells characteristic of enterocyte differentiation in situ. The full data set is available at http://microarray-pubs.stanford.edu/CACO2.
    Molecular Biology of the Cell 12/2007; 18(11):4245-60. · 4.60 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Human colonic epithelial cell renewal, proliferation, and differentiation are stringently controlled by numerous regulatory pathways. To identify genetic programs of human colonic epithelial cell differentiation in vivo as well as candidate marker genes that define colonic epithelial stem/progenitor cells and the stem cell niche, we applied gene expression analysis of normal human colon tops and basal crypts by using expression microarrays with 30,000 genes. Nine hundred and sixty-nine cDNA clones were found to be differentially expressed between human colon crypts and tops. Pathway analysis revealed the differential expression of genes involved in cell cycle maintenance and apoptosis, as well as genes in bone morphogenetic protein (BMP), Notch, Wnt, EPH, and MYC signaling pathways. BMP antagonists gremlin 1, gremlin 2, and chordin-like 1 were found to be expressed by colon crypts. In situ hybridization and RT-PCR confirmed that these BMP antagonists are expressed by intestinal cryptal myofibroblasts and smooth muscle cells at the colon crypt. In vitro analysis demonstrated that gremlin 1 partially inhibits Caco-2 cell differentiation upon confluence and activates Wnt signaling in normal rat intestinal epithelial cells. Collectively, the expression data set provides a comprehensive picture of human colonic epithelial cell differentiation. Our study also suggests that BMP antagonists are candidate signaling components that make up the intestinal epithelial stem cell niche.
    Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 10/2007; 104(39):15418-23. · 9.81 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Cancers arise owing to mutations in a subset of genes that confer growth advantage. The availability of the human genome sequence led us to propose that systematic resequencing of cancer genomes for mutations would lead to the discovery of many additional cancer genes. Here we report more than 1,000 somatic mutations found in 274 megabases (Mb) of DNA corresponding to the coding exons of 518 protein kinase genes in 210 diverse human cancers. There was substantial variation in the number and pattern of mutations in individual cancers reflecting different exposures, DNA repair defects and cellular origins. Most somatic mutations are likely to be 'passengers' that do not contribute to oncogenesis. However, there was evidence for 'driver' mutations contributing to the development of the cancers studied in approximately 120 genes. Systematic sequencing of cancer genomes therefore reveals the evolutionary diversity of cancers and implicates a larger repertoire of cancer genes than previously anticipated.
    Nature 04/2007; 446(7132):153-8. · 38.60 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: X-linked inhibitor of apoptosis protein (XIAP)-associated factor 1 (XAF1) antagonizes the anti-caspase activity of XIAP. XAF1 messenger RNA is present in normal tissues but undetectable in various cancers and thus poses a potential tumor suppressor gene. The aim of this study was to examine the novel pattern of methylation of XAF1 in gastric and colon cancers and locate the important CpG sites for transcriptional regulation and tumor progression. XAF1 expression was detected by reverse-transcription polymerase chain reaction (PCR) and Western blot analysis. Four different fragments around the transcription start site of XAF1 were cloned and examined putative promoter activities by luciferase reporter assay. Each CpG site in fragment F291 was mutated by site-directed mutagenesis technique, and the change of promoter activity of this fragment was detected by luciferase reporter assay. Methylation status of XAF1 was determined by methylation-specific PCR (MSP) and bisulfite DNA sequencing PCR analysis. Down-regulation of XAF1 in association with hypermethylation was detected in 3 of 4 human gastric cancer cell lines and 6 of 8 colon cancer cell lines. Of the 4 promoter fragments, F291 showed the highest promoter activity, which could be down-regulated obviously by the mutation of particular CpG sites. Moreover, aberrant hypermethylation of these important CpG sites was strongly associated with the development of gastric and colon cancers. A cluster of methylated CpG sites instead of CpG islands located in the promoter area resulted in gene silencing of XAF1, and CpGs at -2nd, -1st, and +3rd positions are functionally more important in its transcriptional regulation.
    Gastroenterology 01/2007; 131(6):1835-43. · 12.82 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Epimutations in the germline, such as methylation of the MLH1 gene, may contribute to hereditary cancer syndrome in human, but their transmission to offspring has never been documented. Here we report a family with inheritance, in three successive generations, of germline allele-specific and mosaic hypermethylation of the MSH2 gene, without evidence of DNA mismatch repair gene mutation. Three siblings carrying the germline methylation developed early-onset colorectal or endometrial cancers, all with microsatellite instability and MSH2 protein loss. Clonal bisulfite sequencing and pyrosequencing showed different methylation levels in different somatic tissues, with the highest level recorded in rectal mucosa and colon cancer tissue, and the lowest in blood leukocytes. This mosaic state of germline methylation with different tissue distribution could act as the first hit and provide a mechanism for genetic disease inheritance that may deviate from the mendelian pattern and be overlooked in conventional leukocyte-based genetic diagnosis strategy.
    Nature Genetics 11/2006; 38(10):1178-83. · 35.21 Impact Factor

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11k Citations
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Institutions

  • 2007–2012
    • University of California, San Francisco
      • Department of Bioengineering and Therapeutic Sciences
      San Francisco, CA, United States
    • Shanghai Jiao Tong University
      • Department of Gastroenterology (Children's)
      Shanghai, Shanghai Shi, China
  • 1991–2012
    • Queen Mary Hospital
      Hong Kong, Hong Kong
  • 2002–2009
    • Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute
      • Cancer Genome Project
      Cambridge, ENG, United Kingdom
    • Hong Kong Hospital Authority
      Hong Kong, Hong Kong
    • Beijing Cancer Hospital
      Peping, Beijing, China
  • 1992–2009
    • The University of Hong Kong
      • • Department of Pathology
      • • Department of Physiology
      • • Department of Medicine
      Hong Kong, Hong Kong
  • 2003–2007
    • Stanford University
      • • Department of Biochemistry
      • • Department of Surgery
      Stanford, CA, United States
  • 2000
    • Gilead Sciences
      Foster City, California, United States