Yang Han

China Medical University (PRC), Shenyang, Liaoning, China

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    ABSTRACT: IQ-domain GTPase-activating protein 1 (IQGAP1) binds to Dishevelled (Dvl) and functions as a modulator of Dvl nuclear localization in Xenopus embryos. However, the relationship between IQGAP1 and Dvl in tumor tissues is unclear. We used immunohistochemistry to assess the expressions of IQGAP1 and Dvl in a cohort of 111 non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) patients. Association of their localization expressions with clinicopathological factors was also analyzed. The positive rate of IQGAP1 in primary tumors was 48.6% (54/111) for its cytoplamic expression, 9.0% (10/111) for nuclear expression and 31.5% (35/111) for membranous expression; the positive rate of Dvl was 65.8% (73/111) for cytoplamic expression, 9.9% (11/111) for nuclear expression and 10.8% (12/111) for membranous expression. Coexpression rate of IQGAP1 and Dvl was 77.8% (42/54) in the cytoplasm, 80.0% (8/10) in the nucleus and 8.6% (3/35) in the membrane. Coexpression of IQGAP1 and Dvl in the cytoplasm and nucleus were significantly correlated (P<0.05), but not in the membrane (P>0.05). The positive expression rates of cyclin D1 and c-myc were significantly higher in the group of IQGAP1 and Dvl coexpression in the nucleus than that in the cytoplasm. Coexpression rate of IQGAP1 and Dvl in the cytoplasm and nucleus was significantly higher in lymph nodal metastases (63.3%, 19/30) than in primary growths (38.3%, 31/81), correlating with poor prognosis. Five-year survival time after resection in the group with their coexpression in the cytoplasm and nucleus was significantly lower than that with no coexpression (44.705±3.355 vs 58.403±2.543 months, p<0.05). Coexpression of IQGAP1 and Dvl in the cytoplasm and nucleus was correlated with the lymph nodal metastase and poor prognosis of NSCLC, and coexpression in nucleus might play a critical role in the activation of canonical Wnt pathway.
    PLoS ONE 01/2014; 9(12):e113713. · 3.53 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: We previously reported that Axin1 (Axin) is down-regulated in many cases of lung cancer, and X-ray irradiation increased Axin expression and inhibited lung cancer cells. The mechanisms, however, were not clear. Four lung cancer cell lines were used to detect the methylation status of Axin with or without X-ray treatment. Real-time PCR was used to quantify the expression of Axin, and western blot analysis was applied to measure protein levels of Axin, beta-catenin, Cyclin D1, MMP-7, DNMTS, MeCP2 and acetylated histones. Flow cytometric analysis, colony formation assay, transwell assay and xenograft growth experiment were used to study the biological behavior of the cells with hypermethylated or unmethylated Axin gene after X-ray treatment. Hypermethylated Axin gene was detected in 2 of 4 cell lines, and it correlated inversely with Axin expression. X-ray treatment significantly up-regulated Axin expression in H446 and H157 cells, which possess intrinsic hypermethylation of the Axin gene (P<0.01), but did not show up-regulation in LTE and H460 cells, which have unmethylated Axin gene. 2Gy X-ray significantly reduced colony formation (from 71% to 10.5%) in H157 cells, while the reduction was lower in LTE cells (from 71% to 20%). After X-ray irradiation, xenograft growth was significantly decreased in H157 cells (from 1.15g to 0.28g) in comparison with LTE cells (from 1.06g to 0.65g). Significantly decreased cell invasiveness and increased apoptosis were also observed in H157 cells treated with X-ray irradiation (P<0.01). Down-regulation of DNMTs and MeCP2 and up-regulation of acetylated histones could be detected in lung cancer cells. X-ray-induced inhibition of lung cancer cells may be mediated by enhanced expression of Axin via genomic DNA demethylation and histone acetylation. Lung cancer cells with a different methylation status of the Axin gene showed different radiosensitivity, suggesting that the methylation status of the Axin gene may be one important factor to predict radiosensitivity of the tumor.
    BMC Cancer 08/2013; 13(1):368. · 3.33 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: BACKGROUND: Histone deacetylase (HDAC) plays an important role in the deacetylation of histone, which can alter gene expression patterns and affect cell behavior associated with malignant transformation. The aims of this study were to investigate the relationships between HDAC1, HDAC2, clinicopathologic characteristics, patient prognosis and apoptosis, to clarify the mechanism of upregulation of the Axis inhibitor Axin (an important regulator of the Wnt pathway) by X-radiation and to elucidate the effect of siRNA on radiation therapy of non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). METHODS: HDAC1 and HDAC2 expression levels were measured by immunohistochemistry and reverse transcription PCR. Apoptosis was determined by terminal deoxynucleotidyl transferase-mediated dUTP-nick end labeling and fluorescence activated cell sorting. BE1 cells expressing Axin were exposed to 2 Gy of X-radiation. RESULTS: Expression of HDAC1 and that of HDAC2 were correlated, and significantly higher in NSCLC tissues than in normal lung tissues (P < 0.05). HDAC1 and HDAC2 expression was correlated with pTNM stage and negatively correlated with differentiation of NSCLC and apoptotic index (P < 0.05). The prognosis of patients with low expression of HDAC1 and HDAC2 was better than that of those with high expression. X-radiation and siRNA inhibited HDAC1 and HDAC2 expression in NSCLC cells and Axin levels were significantly higher in BE1 cells. CONCLUSIONS: X-radiation and siRNA inhibit expression of HDAC1 and HDAC2, weaken the inhibitory effect of HDAC on Axin, upregulate Axin expression and induce apoptosis of lung cancer cells. Inhibition of HDAC1 and HDAC2 is a means of enhancing the radiosensitivity of NSCLC.
    Radiation Oncology 10/2012; 7(1):183. · 2.11 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: p130cas (p130 Crk-associated substrate) is a scaffolding protein and plays an important role in regulating focal adhesion and driving cell migration. Also, the destruction of E-cadherin/β-catenin adhesive complex is one of the changes that characterizes the invasive phenotype of tumors. The aim of this study is to evaluate the role of p130cas, E-cadherin, and β-catenin expression in patients with non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). We examined the expression of p130cas, E-cadherin, and β-catenin in 105 lung cancer tissues and paired adjacent normal lung tissues using immunohistochemistry. The overexpression of p130cas was observed in 61.9% (65/105) of lung cancer samples. The overexpression of p130cas was correlated with abnormal expression of E-cadherin and β-catenin (P=0.002 and P=0.006, respectively). Chi-square test showed that the overexpression of p130cas correlated positively with lymph node metastasis and high TNM stage. The Log-Rank test revealed that the mean survival time of patients with p130cas overexpression (36.31 ± 5.66 months) was markedly shorter than those with p130cas normal expression (60.57 ± 6.95 months). Multivariable analysis indicated p130cas overexpression (P<0.001) as an independent significant prognostic factor for NSCLC patients' survival. These results indicate that p130cas may impact a variety of clinicopathological features of NSCLC and may y influence the prognosis of lung cancer patients.
    Folia Histochemica et Cytobiologica 10/2012; 50(3):392-7. · 1.10 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Metastatic tumor antigen 2 (MTA2) is a member of the MTA family that is closely associated with tumor progression and metastasis. In this study, the expression profile of MTA2 in 223 cases of non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) tissues and two lung cancer cell lines was investigated. Interestingly, we found MTA2, which was believed to have nuclear distribution only, was distributed in both nucleus and cytoplasm in normal and cancer cells. Nuclear MTA2 expression was detected in 148 cases of NSCLC (66.4%), and was correlated with advanced TNM stages (p=0.023), tumor size (p=0.036), and lymph node metastasis (p=0.004). Besides, the Ki-67 proliferation index was significantly higher in nuclear MTA2-positive tumors than in nuclear MTA2-negative tumors (r=0.538, p=0.006). However, there was no significant difference in cytoplasmic MTA2 status by age, gender, tumor stage, histology, grade, lymph node metastasis, and Ki-67 proliferation index. Univariate analysis revealed nuclear MTA2 expression was correlated with poor overall survival (p=0.035), whereas there was a nonsignificant trend in the same direction for cytoplasmic MTA2 (p=0.134). Multivariate Cox regression analysis revealed the overexpression of nuclear and cytoplasmic MTA2 not to be independent factors predictive of poor disease outcome. Our data suggested that MTA2 might play roles in both the nucleus and cytoplasm in the progression of NSCLC.
    Targeted Oncology 05/2012; 7(2):135-43. · 3.46 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Genital rhabdomyoma is very rare tumor that usually occurs in the vulvar of young women. Epididymis rhabdomyoma in a young man is extremely uncommon and has rarely been reported. Here, we report a case of epididymis rhabdomyoma of a 17-year-old man and review the literatures.
    Diagnostic Pathology 04/2012; 7:47. · 2.41 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Overexpression of frequently rearranged in advanced T-cell lymphomas 1 (Frat1) has been reported in several human malignant tumors, but the relationship between Frat1 and β-catenin in lung cancer is still unclear. Our goal was to investigate the correlation between Frat1 and β-catenin in patients with lung cancers. Immunohistochemistry was performed in 110 cases of non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) with clinical follow-up. Results showed that both Frat1 and β-catenin were overexpressed in NSCLC. The expression of Frat1 and β-catenin was significantly correlated with tumor differentiation, TNM stage, and lymph node metastasis. Interestingly, the overexpression of β-catenin was positively correlated with the overexpression of Frat1 (correlation coefficient = 0.285; P = 0.003). In addition, overexpression of Frat1 and abnormal expression of β-catenin were found to represent a poor prognosis for the patients. Furthermore, based on the transfection of Frat1 and β-catenin, we found that Frat1 can upregulate the expression of β-catenin in BE1 cells.
    Tumor Biology 04/2012; 33(5):1437-44. · 2.52 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Simple 46, XY gonadal dysgenesis syndrome, also called Swyer syndrome, is known as pure gonadal dysgenesis. Individuals with the syndrome are characterized by 46, XY karyotype and phenotypically female with female genital appearance, normal Müllerian structures and absent testicular tissue. The condition usually first becomes apparent in adolescence with delayed puberty and primary amenorrhea due to the gonads have no hormonal or reproductive potential. Herein, we report a case of dysgerminoma diagnosed in a dysgenetic gonad of a 21-year-old patient with Swyer syndrome.
    Diagnostic Pathology 09/2011; 6:84. · 2.41 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Frat1 has been reported to be overexpressed in several human malignant tumors, including esophageal squamous, cervical, breast, and ovarian carcinoma, but the role of Frat1 in lung cancer is unknown. Our purpose is to investigate the expression of Frat1 and its correlation with clinicopathologic features and prognosis in lung cancer patients. Immunohistochemistry was performed on 137 cases of non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC), including 78 cases with clinical follow-up, and Western blot and reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) assays were performed to detect the protein and mRNA expression levels in 30 NSCLC and autologous matched normal tissues. In addition, lung cancer cell line A549 was transfected with Frat1-siRNA plasmids and Matrigel invasive assay was carried out to study the function of Frat1 in cancer cell invasiveness. The results showed that Frat1 was expressed in 85 (62.04%) cases of NSCLC by immunohistochemistry, while all 30 specimens of normal lung tissues were negative. Western blot and RT-PCR results for Frat1 mRNA were in agreement with immunohistochemical findings. Of interest, the expression of Frat1 was strongly correlated with tumor differentiation, TNM stage, and lymph node metastasis (P < 0.05). The Kaplan-Meier survival analysis demonstrated that the cases with Frat1 expression had significantly shorter survival than those without Frat1 (P < 0.001). In addition, down-regulation of Frat1 expression reduced the invasive ability in the A549 cell line, further supporting the idea that Frat1 may play a crucial role in carcinogenesis, tumor invasiveness and dissemination in human lung cancer.
    Archiv für Pathologische Anatomie und Physiologie und für Klinische Medicin 08/2011; 459(3):255-63. · 2.68 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: As a member of the catenin family, little is known about the clinical significance and possible mechanism of delta-catenin expression in numerous tumours. We examined the expression of delta-catenin by immunohistochemistry in 115 cases of non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) (including 65 cases with follow-up records and 50 cases with paired lymph node metastasis lesions). The mRNA and protein expression of delta-catenin was also detected in 30 cases of paired lung cancer tissues and normal lung tissues by RT-PCR and western blotting, respectively. Co-immunoprecipitation was used to examine whether delta-catenin competitively bound to E-cadherin with p120ctn in lung cancer cells or not. The effects of delta-catenin on the activity of small GTPases and the biological behaviour of lung cancer cells were explored by pull-down assay, flow cytometry, MTT, and Matrigel invasive assay. The results showed that the mRNA and protein expression of delta-catenin was increased in lung cancer tissues; the positive expression rate of delta-catenin was significantly increased in adenocarcinoma, stage III-IV, paired lymph node metastasis lesions, and primary tumours with lymph node metastasis (all p < 0.05); and the postoperative survival period of patients with delta-catenin-positive expression was shorter than that of patients with delta-catenin-negative expression (p < 0.05). No competition between delta-catenin and p120ctn for binding to E-cadherin in cytoplasm was found in two lung cancer cell lines. By regulating the activity of small GTPases and changing the cell cycle, delta-catenin could promote the proliferation and invasion of lung cancer cells. We conclude that delta-catenin is an oncoprotein overexpressed in NSCLC and that increased delta-catenin expression is critical for maintenance of the malignant phenotype of lung cancer.
    The Journal of Pathology 09/2010; 222(1):76-88. · 7.59 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Dishevelled (Dvl) family proteins are overexpressed in nonsmall cell lung cancer (NSCLC), but the correlation between Dvl overexpression and patient prognosis is not clear. The underlying mechanisms of Dvl-1 and Dvl-3 promoting lung cancer cell invasion require further research. We used immunohistochemistry to assess the presence of Dvl-1, Dvl-3, beta-catenin, and p120ctn, and compared their expression to the prognosis in 102 specimens from NSCLC patients. We also examined the effect of Dvl-1 and Dvl-3 on Tcf-dependent transcriptional activity, as well as on the invasiveness in A549 and LTEP-alpha-2 lung cancer cells. The results showed that Dvl-1 correlated to the abnormal expression of beta-catenin, while Dvl-3 correlated to p120ctn. Both Dvl-1 and Dvl-3 were related to the poor prognosis of patient. Dvl-1 overexpression enhanced the Tcf-dependent transcriptional activity and beta-catenin expression significantly. However, Dvl-3 had little effect on the Tcf-dependent transcriptional activity and beta-catenin expression, which was accompanied by p38 and JNK phosphorylation. Furthermore, the invasiveness of Dvl-3-enhanced cells was inhibited by p38 and JNK inhibitors. Exogenous expression of both Dvl-1 and Dvl-3 increased the p120ctn protein expression, while only Dvl-3 upregulated p120ctn mRNA. We conclude that both protein and mRNA of Dvl-1 and Dvl-3 are overexpressed in NSCLC in a manner related to poor prognosis. Dvl-1 may affect the biological behavior of lung cancer cells mainly through beta-catenin (canonical Wnt pathway), while Dvl-3 mainly through p38 and JNK pathway (noncanonical Wnt pathway).
    Molecular Carcinogenesis 08/2010; 49(8):760-70. · 4.27 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: We previously reported that overexpression of Axin downregulates T cell factor-4 (TCF-4) transcription. However, the mechanism(s) by which Axin downregulates the transcription and expression of TCF-4 is not clear. It has been reported that beta-catenin promotes and p53 inhibits TCF-4 transcription, respectively. The aim of this study was to investigate whether beta-catenin and/or p53 is required for Axin-mediated downregulation of TCF-4. Axin mutants that lack p53/HIPK2 and/or beta-catenin binding domains were expressed in lung cancer cells, BE1 (mutant p53) and A549 (wild type p53). Expression of Axin or AxinDeltap53 downregulates beta-catenin and TCF-4, and knock-down of beta-catenin upregulates TCF-4 in BE1 cells. However, expression of AxinDeltabeta-ca into BE1 cells did not downregulate TCF-4 expression. These results indicate that Axin downregulates TCF-4 transcription via beta-catenin. Although overexpression of wild-type p53 also downregulates TCF-4 in BE1 cells, cotransfection of p53 and AxinDeltabeta-ca did not downregulate TCF-4 further. These results suggest that Axin does not promote p53-mediated downregulation of TCF-4. Axin, AxinDeltap53, and AxinDeltabeta-ca all downregulated beta-catenin and TCF-4 in A549 cells. Knock-down of p53 upregulated beta-catenin and TCF-4, but cotransfection of AxinDeltabeta-ca and p53 siRNA resulted in downregulation of beta-catenin and TCF-4. These results indicate that p53 is not required for Axin-mediated downregulation of TCF-4. Knock-down or inhibition of GSK-3beta prevented Axin-mediated downregulation of TCF-4. Furthermore, expression of Axin and AxinDeltap53, prevented the proliferative and invasive ability of BE1 and A549, expression of AxinDeltabeta-ca could only prevented the proliferative and invasive ability effectively. Axin downregulates TCF-4 transcription via beta-catenin and independently of p53. Axin may also inhibits the proliferation and invasion of lung cancer cells via beta-catenin and p53.
    Molecular Cancer 01/2010; 9:25. · 5.13 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Axis inhibition (Axin) is an important negative regulator of the Wnt pathway. This study investigated the relationship between Axin expression and sensitivity to X-rays in non-small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC) to find a useful indicator of radiosensitivity. Tissue from NSCLC patients, A549 cells, and BE1 cells expressing Axin were exposed to 1-Gy of X-radiation. Axin and p53 expression levels were detected by immunohistochemistry and reverse transcription-PCR. Apoptosis was determined by TUNEL (terminal deoxynucleotidyl transferase-mediated dUTP nick end labeling) assay and FACS (fluorescence-activate cell sorter) analysis. Caspase-3 activity was determined by Western blotting. Phospho-JNK expression was determined by immunofluorescence. The expression of Axin was significantly lower in NSCLC tissues than in normal lung tissues (p < 0.05). Axin expression correlates with differentiation, TNM staging, and lymph node metastasis of NSCLC (p < 0.05). Its expression negatively correlates with the expression of p53(mt) (p=0.000) and positively correlates with apoptosis (p=0.002). The prognosis of patients with high expression of Axin was better than those with low expression. X-radiation increases Axin expression in NSCLC tissue, and caspase-3 is significantly higher in samples in which Axin is increased (p < 0.05). Both X-radiation and Axin induce apoptosis of A549 and BE1 cells; however, the combination of the two enhances the apoptotic effect (p < 0.05). In A549 cells, inhibition of p53 blocks Axin-induced apoptosis, whereas in BE1 cells, the JNK pathway is required. Axin induces the p53 apoptotic pathway in cells where this pathway is intact; however, in cells expressing p53(mt), Axin induces apoptosis via the JNK pathway. Elevated Axin expression following X-ray exposure is a reliable indicator for determining the radiosensitivity of NSCLC.
    International journal of radiation oncology, biology, physics 10/2009; 75(2):518-26. · 4.59 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Studies on a variety of cell lines have shown that p120-catenin can directly regulate the stability of E-cadherin complexes and control the activity of small GTPases to influence cell adhesion. Despite this data, clinical studies of human solid tumors have not been reported to investigate these protein interactions. To explore the correlation between p120-catenin, E-cadherin, and small GTPases in human lung cancer, we examined the expression patterns of p120-catenin, E-cadherin, RhoA, Cdc42, and Rac1, and their prognostic significance in 138 patients with non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). While normal bronchial epithelium showed strong membrane expression of p120-catenin and E-cadherin, lung cancer tissues had reduced membrane expression and ectopic cytoplasmic expression of p120-catenin and E-cadherin. Expression of RhoA, Cdc42, and Rac1 was also found to be higher in tumor tissue than in normal lung tissue. A correlation between abnormal p120-catenin, E-cadherin expression, and overexpression of specific small GTPases was also associated with poor differentiation, high TNM stage, and lymph node metastasis in NSCLC patients. We also used an in vitro model to evaluate their expression, and to determine whether protein expression correlated with the invasive capacity of lung cancer cell lines. Consistent with our in vivo data, abnormal expression of p120-catenin and E-cadherin with overexpression of specific small GTPases were significantly associated with the high metastatic capacity of BE1 cells. Based on our results, we conclude that abnormal p120-catenin expression correlates with abnormal E-cadherin expression and specific small GTPase overexpression, which contribute to the malignancy-related to NSCLC.
    Lung Cancer 02/2009; 63(3):375-82. · 3.39 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Dishevelled (Dvl) family proteins are cytoplasmic mediators of the Wnt/beta-catenin signaling pathway and have recently been linked to cancers. However, the roles of individual Dvls and their expression in human cancers are poorly defined. This work aimed to characterize the expression of Dvls and their correlation to clinicopathological factors and beta-catenin expression in non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). We used immunohistochemistry to assess the presence of the three Dvl family proteins in 113 individual NSCLC specimens. Thirty-nine of the 113 cases were examined further for Dvl and beta-catenin protein expression in matched primary growths and autologous nodal metastases. We also examined the effect of Dvl-1 and Dvl-3 overexpression on beta-catenin expression and the invasive ability of A549 and QG56 lung cancer cells. The positive expression rate in primary tumors was 53.1% (60/113) for total Dvl, 36.3% (41/113) for Dvl-1, 36.3% (41/113) for Dvl-2 and 41.6% (47/113) for Dvl-3, while normal adult bronchial and alveolar epithelia showed negative expression of all these proteins. The expression levels of all three Dvl proteins were significantly higher in adenocarcinomas than in squamous carcinomas, and were associated with poor tumor differentiation. The positive expression of Dvl-1 and Dvl-2 proteins was correlated to advanced pTNM stages (III-IV vs. I-II). In addition, the expression levels of Dvl-1 and Dvl-3 were significantly higher in nodal metastases than in primary growths, with the Dvl-1 expression correlating to beta-catenin expression in the metastases. Exogenous expression of Dvl-1 and Dvl-3 both enhanced the invasive ability of A549 and QG56 cells, but had differential effects on beta-catenin protein expression in either cell line, without influencing beta-catenin mRNA levels. Expression of Dvl family proteins, Dvl-1, Dvl-2 and Dvl-3, is common in NSCLCs. They may contribute to the progression of NSCLCs, but Dvl-1 and Dvl-3 may function on this process through different signaling pathways.
    Lung Cancer 09/2008; 62(2):181-92. · 3.39 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: TCF-4 is an important downstream molecule of Wnt signaling pathway, but studies on the expression level and significance of TCF-4 in lung cancer were still limited. The aim of this study is to examine the expression level of TCF-4 in lung cancer tissues and cell lines, and analyze its relationship with clinicopathologic characteristics and biological behavior of lung cancers. TCF-4 expression was examined in 120 lung cancer specimens and 10 corresponding normal lung specimens using immunohistochemistry (S-P method). Immunofluorescence was used to examine the TCF-4 protein expression level and subcellular localization in lung cancer cells and HBE (human normal bronchi epithelium) cells. Expression levels of TCF-4 mRNA were examined using transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) in 9 lung cancer cell lines. Among 120 lung cancer specimens, 96 samples showed high expression of TCF-4 (80.0%), including 37 samples showed TCF-4 expression both in cytoplasm and nuclei (30.8%),TCF-4 were not detected in 10 corresponding normal lung specimens. TCF-4 expression level was positively correlated with TNM stages (P =0.022). The fluorescence signal of TCF-4 protein was conspicuous in lung cancer cells, primarily in cell nuclei, but extremely low in HBE. TCF-4 mRNA expression levels were incompatible in different histology types, the expression level of TCF-4 was relatively high in giant cell carcinoma cells, but low in lung adencarcinoma cells. High expression of TCF-4 positively correlated with lung cancer progression.
    Zhongguo fei ai za zhi = Chinese journal of lung cancer 04/2008; 11(2):214-9.
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    ABSTRACT: T cell factor 4 (TCF-4) mediates a nuclear response to wingless/int (Wnt) signals by interacting with beta-catenin. Axis inhibition protein (axin) is an important negative regulator of the Wnt signaling pathway. Our aims were to examine the relationship between axin and TCF-4 and to explore the effects of axin on the development of lung cancer. Expression levels of axin and TCF-4 were examined in 107 lung cancer specimens by immunohistochemistry. The axin gene was transfected into lung cancer BE1 cells. The expression levels of axin, beta-catenin, and TCF-4 were detected with immunofluorescence and reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) experiments. Apoptosis, proliferation, and the invasive ability of lung cancer cells were examined using flow cytometry, 3-(4,5-Dimethylthiazol-2-yl)-2,5-Diphenyltetrazolium Bromide (MTT), and Matrigel invasive assays. Preserved axin expression correlated negatively with TCF-4 expression (P = .031). Axin expression differed with respect to degree of differentiation (P = .025) and histological tumor type (P = .031). TCF-4 expression differed relative to tumor, node metastasis (TNM) stage (P = .024). BE1 cells transfected with axin (BE1-axin cells) exhibited a significant decrease in TCF-4 expression. The level of apoptosis in BE1-axin cells was significantly increased, while the proliferative and invasive abilities of BE1-axin cells were decreased. These results suggest that reduced expression of axin or augmented expression of TCF-4 is associated with the malignant behavior of lung cancers. Overexpression of axin can downregulate expression of TCF-4 and can inhibit the ability of lung cancer cells to proliferate and invade.
    Annals of Surgical Oncology 12/2007; 14(11):3251-9. · 4.12 Impact Factor