Michelle Ham

Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles, CA, United States

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Publications (2)14.76 Total impact

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    ABSTRACT: Chromosome 1p36.23 is frequently deleted in glioblastoma multiforme (GBM). miR-34a localizes in this region. Our experiments found that miR-34a was often deleted and epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) was frequently amplified in genomic DNA of 55 GBMs using single-nucleotide polymorphism DNA microarray. Notably, we found that the mean survival time was significantly shortened for patients whose GBMs had both EGFR amplification and miR-34a deletion. Expression of miR-34a was significantly lower in GBM samples compared with normal brain tissue. Forced expression of miR-34a in GBM cells decreased their ability to migrate and profoundly decreased their levels of cyclin-A1, -B1, -D1, and -D3, as well as cyclin-dependent kinase and increased expression of cyclin kinase inhibitor proteins (p21, p27). Also, human GBM cells (U251) stable overexpressing mir-34a formed smaller tumors when growing as xenografts in immunodeficient mice compared with wild-type U251 GBM cells. Furthermore, the protein expression of EGFR decreased in the cells with forced overexpression of miR-34a. Additional studies showed that mir-34a targeted Yin Yang-1 (YY1) and YY1 is a transcription factor that can stimulate the expression of EGFR. Thus, our data suggest that miR-34a acts as a tumor suppressor by inhibiting growth of GBM cells in vitro and in vivo associated with moderating the expression of cell-cycle proteins and EGFR. Moreover, we discovered for the first time that both deletion of miR-34a and amplification of EGFR were associated with significantly decreased overall survival of GBM patients.Oncogene advance online publication, 14 May 2012; doi:10.1038/onc.2012.132.
    Oncogene 05/2012; · 8.56 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Connective tissue growth factor (CTGF or CCN2) is a secreted protein that belongs to the CCN [cysteine-rich CYR61/CTGF/nephroblastoma-overexpressed gene] family. These proteins have been implicated in various biological processes, including stimulation of cell proliferation, migration, angiogenesis and tumorigenesis. In a previous study, we found that CTGF mRNA was elevated in primary gliomas, and a significant correlation existed between CTGF mRNA levels versus tumor grade, histology and patient survival. In this study, the role of CTGF in glioma tumorigenesis was explored. Forced expression of CTGF in glioblastoma multiforme (GBM) cells accelerated their growth in liquid culture and soft agar, stimulated cells migration in Boyden chamber assays and significantly increased their ability to form large, vascularized tumors in nude mice. CTGF induced the expression of the antiapoptotic proteins, Bcl-xl, Survivin and Flip. Overexpression of CTGF caused the U343 GBM cells to survive for longer than 40 days in serum-free medium and resist antitumor drugs including tumor necrosis factor (TNF), TNF-related apoptosis-inducing ligand, VELCADE (bortezomib, proteasome inhibitor) and temozolomide. Our data suggest that CTGF plays an important role in glioma progression, by supporting tumor cells survival and drug resistance.
    International Journal of Cancer 02/2010; 127(10):2257-67. · 6.20 Impact Factor

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29 Citations
14.76 Total Impact Points

Institutions

  • 2010
    • Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
      • Division of Hematology and Oncology
      Los Angeles, CA, United States