Gene Summary

Gene:CEACAM6; CEA cell adhesion molecule 6
Aliases: NCA, CEAL, CD66c
Summary:This gene encodes a protein that belongs to the carcinoembryonic antigen (CEA) family whose members are glycosyl phosphatidyl inositol (GPI) anchored cell surface glycoproteins. Members of this family play a role in cell adhesion and are widely used as tumor markers in serum immunoassay determinations of carcinoma. This gene affects the sensitivity of tumor cells to adenovirus infection. The protein encoded by this gene acts as a receptor for adherent-invasive E. coli adhesion to the surface of ileal epithelial cells in patients with Crohn's disease. This gene is clustered with genes and pseudogenes of the cell adhesion molecules subgroup of the CEA family on chromosome 19. [provided by RefSeq, Apr 2014]
Databases:OMIM, HGNC, Ensembl, GeneCard, Gene
Protein:carcinoembryonic antigen-related cell adhesion molecule 6
Source:NCBIAccessed: 30 August, 2019


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Latest Publications: CEACAM6 (cancer-related)

Zhao Q, Busch B, Jiménez-Soto LF, et al.
Integrin but not CEACAM receptors are dispensable for Helicobacter pylori CagA translocation.
PLoS Pathog. 2018; 14(10):e1007359 [PubMed] Free Access to Full Article Related Publications
Translocation of the Helicobacter pylori (Hp) cytotoxin-associated gene A (CagA) effector protein via the cag-Type IV Secretion System (cag-T4SS) into host cells is a hallmark of infection with Hp and a major risk factor for severe gastric diseases, including gastric cancer. To mediate the injection of CagA, Hp uses a membrane-embedded syringe-like molecular apparatus extended by an external pilus-like rod structure that binds host cell surface integrin heterodimers. It is still largely unclear how the interaction of the cag-T4SS finally mediates translocation of the CagA protein into the cell cytoplasm. Recently certain carcinoembryonic antigen-related cell adhesion molecules (CEACAMs), acting as receptor for the Hp outer membrane adhesin HopQ, have been identified to be involved in the process of CagA host cell injection. Here, we applied the CRISPR/Cas9-knockout technology to generate defined human gastric AGS and KatoIII integrin knockout cell lines. Although confocal laser scanning microscopy revealed a co-localization of Hp and β1 integrin heterodimers on gastric epithelial cells, Hp infection studies using the quantitative and highly sensitive Hp β-lactamase reporter system clearly show that neither β1 integrin heterodimers (α1β1, α2β1 or α5β1), nor any other αβ integrin heterodimers on the cell surface are essential for CagA translocation. In contrast, deletion of the HopQ adhesin in Hp, or the simultaneous knockout of the receptors CEACAM1, CEACAM5 and CEACAM6 in KatoIII cells abolished CagA injection nearly completely, although bacterial binding was only reduced to 50%. These data provide genetic evidence that the cag-T4SS-mediated interaction of Hp with cell surface integrins on human gastric epithelial cells is not essential for CagA translocation, but interaction of Hp with CEACAM receptors is facilitating CagA translocation by the cag-T4SS of this important microbe.

Rodia MT, Solmi R, Pasini F, et al.
LGALS4, CEACAM6, TSPAN8, and COL1A2: Blood Markers for Colorectal Cancer-Validation in a Cohort of Subjects With Positive Fecal Immunochemical Test Result.
Clin Colorectal Cancer. 2018; 17(2):e217-e228 [PubMed] Related Publications
BACKGROUND: A noninvasive blood test for the early detection of colorectal cancer (CRC) is highly required. We evaluated a panel of 4 mRNAs as putative markers of CRC.
MATERIALS AND METHODS: We tested LGALS4, CEACAM6, TSPAN8, and COL1A2, referred to as the CELTiC panel, using quantitative reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction, on subjects with positive fecal immunochemical test (FIT) results and undergoing colonoscopy. Using a nonparametric test and multinomial logistic model, FIT-positive subjects were compared with CRC patients and healthy individuals.
RESULTS: All the genes of the CELTiC panel displayed statistically significant differences between the healthy subjects (n = 67), both low-risk (n = 36) and high-risk/CRC (n = 92) subjects, and those in the negative-colonoscopy, FIT-positive group (n = 36). The multinomial logistic model revealed LGALS4 was the most powerful marker discriminating the 4 groups. When assessing the diagnostic values by analysis of the areas under the receiver operating characteristic curves (AUCs), the CELTiC panel reached an AUC of 0.91 (sensitivity, 79%; specificity, 94%) comparing normal subjects to low-risk subjects, and 0.88 (sensitivity, 75%; specificity, 87%) comparing normal and high-risk/CRC subjects. The comparison between the normal subjects and the negative-colonoscopy, FIT-positive group revealed an AUC of 0.93 (sensitivity, 82%; specificity, 97%).
CONCLUSION: The CELTiC panel could represent a useful tool for discriminating subjects with positive FIT findings and for the early detection of precancerous adenomatous lesions and CRC.

Corrente F, Bellesi S, Metafuni E, et al.
Role of flow-cytometric immunophenotyping in prediction of BCR/ABL1 gene rearrangement in adult B-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia.
Cytometry B Clin Cytom. 2018; 94(3):468-476 [PubMed] Related Publications
We performed a retrospective analysis of 88 adult patients with B-ALL diagnosed in our center by a flow-cytometric assessment. Immunophenotypic expression of leukemic cells was explored by simultaneous evaluation of positivity, percentage of expressing cells and median fluorescence intensity (MFI). BCR/ABL1 fusion transcripts were assessed by RT-PCR analysis and were identified in 36 patients (40.9%). CD10 and CD34 were positive in the totality of BCR/ABL1-positive cases. Patients with gene rearrangement had a greater frequency of CD66c, CD13 and CD33 positivity compared with BCR/ABL1-negative cases. Moreover, BCR/ABL1-positive cases exhibited a greater median percentage and MFI values of CD13, CD33, CD66c, CD10, CD34 and CD25 expressions, but a lower median percentage and MFI values of CD38 and CD22 expressions than patients without gene rearrangement. Multivariate logistic regression analysis showed that CD10, CD38 and CD13 expressions were independent predictors for the presence of BCR/ABL1 rearrangement. Predictive probabilities of molecular occurrence based on these markers are proposed. © 2017 International Clinical Cytometry Society.

Uemura S, Nishimura N, Hasegawa D, et al.
ETV6-ABL1 fusion combined with monosomy 7 in childhood B-precursor acute lymphoblastic leukemia.
Int J Hematol. 2018; 107(5):604-609 [PubMed] Related Publications
ETV6-ABL1 fusion is a rare but recurrent oncogenic lesion found in childhood B-cell precursor acute lymphoblastic leukemia (BCP-ALL), without an established chromosomal abnormality, and is associated with poor outcome. In ETV6-ABL1-positive cases, an in-frame fusion produced by a complex rearrangement results in constitutive chimeric tyrosine kinase activity. Monosomy 7 is also a rare and unfavorable chromosomal abnormality in childhood BCP-ALL. Here, we report a 14-year-old female BCP-ALL patient with ETV6-ABL1 fusion combined with monosomy 7. She was admitted to our hospital because of persistent fever. Bone marrow nuclear cell count on admission was 855,000/µL with 90.0% blastic cells of lymphoid morphology. Blasts were positive for CD10, CD19, CD20, CD34, cyCD79a, cyTdT, HLA-DR, and CD66c, had a karyotype of 45, XX, - 7 [18/20] and a split signal for ABL1 FISH probe (92.7%), and were sensitive to tyrosine kinase inhibitors, imatinib and dasatinib, in vitro. ETV6-ABL1 fusion transcript was identified by whole transcriptome sequencing and confirmed by RT-PCR. She was treated with the high-risk protocol based on ALL-BFM 95, achieved complete remission (CR) after induction chemotherapy, and maintained CR for 4 months. To our knowledge, this is the first report of ETV6-ABL1 fusion combined with monosomy 7 in childhood BCP-ALL.

Rizeq B, Zakaria Z, Ouhtit A
Towards understanding the mechanisms of actions of carcinoembryonic antigen-related cell adhesion molecule 6 in cancer progression.
Cancer Sci. 2018; 109(1):33-42 [PubMed] Free Access to Full Article Related Publications
Human carcinoembryonic antigen (CEA) is the prototypic member of a family of highly related cell surface glycoproteins that includes carcinoembryonic antigen-related cell adhesion molecule 6 (CEACAM6) and others. CEACAM6 (formerly NCA), which belongs to the immunoglobulin superfamily, is a cell adhesion protein of the CEA family. It is normally expressed on the epithelial surfaces and on the surface of myeloid cells (CD66c). CEACAM6 is a multi-functional glycoprotein that mediates homotypic binding with other CEA family members and heterotypic binding with integrin receptors. It functions by organizing tissue architecture and regulating different signal transduction, while aberrant expression leads to the development of human malignancies. It was first discovered in proliferating cells of adenomas and hyperplastic polyps in comparison to benign colonic tissue when overexpressed on the surface of various cell types in model systems. CEACAM6 functions as a pan-inhibitor of cell differentiation and cell polarization, and it also causes distortion of tissue architecture. Moreover, overexpression of CEACAM6 modulates cancer progression through aberrant cell differentiation, anti-apoptosis, cell growth and resistance to therapeutic agents. In addition, CEACAM6 overexpression in multiple malignancies promotes cell invasion and metastasis, thereby representing an acquired advantage of tumor cells directly responsible for an invasive phenotype. This review focuses on the findings supporting the mechanisms of actions linking the oncogenic potential of CEACAM6 to the onset of cancer progression and pathogenesis, especially in breast cancer, and to validating CEACAM6 as a target to pave the way towards the design of efficient therapeutic strategies against breast cancer.

Zang M, Hu L, Cao S, et al.
Dual role of carcinoembryonic antigen-related cell adhesion molecule 6 expression in predicting the overall survival of gastric cancer patients.
Sci Rep. 2017; 7(1):10773 [PubMed] Free Access to Full Article Related Publications
Carcinoembryonic antigen-related cell adhesion molecule 6 (CEACAM6) is a member of the glycosylphosphatidylinositol-linked immunoglobulin superfamily that is implicated in many human cancers. Here, we aimed to investigate the role of CEACAM6 expression in predicting the overall survival (OS) in gastric cancer (GC). The impact of CEACAM6 on the survival of patients with GC (n = 876) was assessed using an online Kaplan-Meier plotter. Findings were validated using the OS data of patients (n = 160) recruited from Ruijin Hospital. We found that high CEACAM6 expression was associated with a better OS in early-stage or well-differentiated GC, or who were treated without 5-fluorouracil (5-FU). Conversely, high CEACAM6 expression was associated with a poor OS in advanced-stage GC, poorly differentiated tumors, or who were treated with 5-FU. Furthermore, CEACAM6 may serve as a better marker for predicting OS in GC than CEA. In addition, CEACAM6 overexpression in GC cells increased apoptotic resistance to 5-FU. Moreover, CEACAM6 induced cluster of differentiation 4- and 8-positive lymphocytes were detected in early-stage GC. In conclusion, CEACAM6 plays a contradictory role in predicting the OS in GC. In early-stage GC, high CEACAM6 expression is associated with improved OS. However, in advanced-stage GC, high CEACAM6 expression is associated with a poor OS.

Codreanu SG, Hoeksema MD, Slebos RJC, et al.
Identification of Proteomic Features To Distinguish Benign Pulmonary Nodules from Lung Adenocarcinoma.
J Proteome Res. 2017; 16(9):3266-3276 [PubMed] Free Access to Full Article Related Publications
We hypothesized that distinct protein expression features of benign and malignant pulmonary nodules may reveal novel candidate biomarkers for the early detection of lung cancer. We performed proteome profiling by liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry to characterize 34 resected benign lung nodules, 24 untreated lung adenocarcinomas (ADCs), and biopsies of bronchial epithelium. Group comparisons identified 65 proteins that differentiate nodules from ADCs and normal bronchial epithelium and 66 proteins that differentiate ADCs from nodules and normal bronchial epithelium. We developed a multiplexed parallel reaction monitoring (PRM) assay to quantify a subset of 43 of these candidate biomarkers in an independent cohort of 20 benign nodules, 21 ADCs, and 20 normal bronchial biopsies. PRM analyses confirmed significant nodule-specific abundance of 10 proteins including ALOX5, ALOX5AP, CCL19, CILP1, COL5A2, ITGB2, ITGAX, PTPRE, S100A12, and SLC2A3 and significant ADC-specific abundance of CEACAM6, CRABP2, LAD1, PLOD2, and TMEM110-MUSTN1. Immunohistochemistry analyses for seven selected proteins performed on an independent set of tissue microarrays confirmed nodule-specific expression of ALOX5, ALOX5AP, ITGAX, and SLC2A3 and cancer-specific expression of CEACAM6. These studies illustrate the value of global and targeted proteomics in a systematic process to identify and qualify candidate biomarkers for noninvasive molecular diagnosis of lung cancer.

Kong W, Mou X, Deng J, et al.
Differences of immune disorders between Alzheimer's disease and breast cancer based on transcriptional regulation.
PLoS One. 2017; 12(7):e0180337 [PubMed] Free Access to Full Article Related Publications
Although chronic inflammation and immune disorders are of great importance to the pathogenesis of both dementia and cancer, the pathophysiological mechanisms are not clearly understood. In recent years, growing epidemiological evidence and meta-analysis data suggest an inverse association between Alzheimer's disease (AD), which is the most common form of dementia, and cancer. It has been revealed that some common genes and biological processes play opposite roles in AD and cancer; however, the biological immune mechanism for the inverse association is not clearly defined. An unsupervised matrix decomposition two-stage bioinformatics procedure was adopted to investigate the opposite behaviors of the immune response in AD and breast cancer (BC) and to discover the underlying transcriptional regulatory mechanisms. Fast independent component analysis (FastICA) was applied to extract significant genes from AD and BC microarray gene expression data. Based on the extracted data, the shared transcription factors (TFs) from AD and BC were captured. Second, the network component analysis (NCA) algorithm in this study was presented to quantitatively deduce the TF activities and regulatory influences because quantitative dynamic regulatory information for TFs is not available via microarray techniques. Based on the NCA results and reconstructed transcriptional regulatory networks, inverse regulatory processes and some known innate immune responses were described in detail. Many of the shared TFs and their regulatory processes were found to be closely related to the adaptive immune response from dramatically different directions and to play crucial roles in both AD and BC pathogenesis. From the above findings, the opposing cellular behaviors demonstrate an invaluable opportunity to gain insights into the pathogenesis of these two types of diseases and to aid in developing new treatments.

Casado J, Iñigo-Chaves A, Jiménez-Ruiz SM, et al.
AA-NAT, MT1 and MT2 Correlates with Cancer Stem-Like Cell Markers in Colorectal Cancer: Study of the Influence of Stage and p53 Status of Tumors.
Int J Mol Sci. 2017; 18(6) [PubMed] Free Access to Full Article Related Publications
The characterization of colon cancer stem cells (CSCs) may help to develop novel diagnostic and therapeutic procedures. p53 loss increases the pool of CSCs in colorectal cancer (CRC). Recent reports suggest that the oncostatic effects of melatonin could be related to its ability to kill CSCs. Although there are no data linking the loss of p53 function and melatonin synthesis or signaling in cancer, melatonin does activate the p53 tumor-suppressor pathway in this disease. In this work, we analyze whether the expression of melatonin synthesis and signaling genes are related to the expression of CSC markers and the implication of p53 status in samples from patients with CRC. Arylalkylamine N-acetyltransferase (AA-NAT), MT1, and MT2 expression decreased in tumor samples versus normal mucosa samples in mutated p53 (mtp53) tumors versus those with wild-type p53 (wtp53). Further, AA-NAT and MT2 expression were lower in advanced stages of the disease in wtp53 tumors. On the contrary, CD44 and CD66c expression was higher in tumor versus normal mucosa in wtp53 tumors. Additionally, CD44 expression was higher in advanced stages of the disease regardless of the p53 status. Patients with CD44

Kinugawa Y, Uehara T, Sano K, et al.
Methylation of Tumor Suppressor Genes in Autoimmune Pancreatitis.
Pancreas. 2017 May/Jun; 46(5):614-618 [PubMed] Related Publications
OBJECTIVES: Autoimmune pancreatitis (AIP) is a representative IgG4-related and inflammatory disease of unknown etiology. To clarify mechanisms of carcinogenesis resulting from AIP, we focused on methylation abnormalities and KRAS mutations in AIP.
METHODS: Six tumor suppressor genes (NPTX2, Cyclin D2, FOXE1, TFPI2, ppENK, and p16) that exhibited hypermethylation in pancreatic carcinoma were selected for quantitative SYBR green methylation-specific polymerase chain reaction in 10 AIP specimens, 10 pancreatic adenocarcinoma cases without history of AIP containing carcinoma areas (CAs) and noncarcinoma areas (NCAs), and 11 normal pancreas (NP) samples. KRAS mutation in codons 12, 13, and 61 were also investigated using direct sequencing.
RESULTS: Hypermethylation events (≥10%) were identified in NPTX2, Cyclin D2, FOXE1, TFPI2, ppENK, and p16 in 1, 2, 2, 0, 2, and 0 CA cases, respectively, but not in these 6 candidate genes in AIP, NCA, and NP. However, the TFPI2 methylation ratio was significantly higher in AIP than NCA and NP. Direct sequencing results for KRAS showed no single-point mutations in AIP.
CONCLUSIONS: These are the first studies characterizing methylation abnormalities in AIP. AIP's inflammatory condition may be related to carcinogenesis. Further study will elucidate methylation abnormalities associated with carcinogenesis in AIP.

Ho TH, Serie DJ, Parasramka M, et al.
Differential gene expression profiling of matched primary renal cell carcinoma and metastases reveals upregulation of extracellular matrix genes.
Ann Oncol. 2017; 28(3):604-610 [PubMed] Free Access to Full Article Related Publications
Background: The majority of renal cell carcinoma (RCC) studies analyze primary tumors, and the corresponding results are extrapolated to metastatic RCC tumors. However, it is unknown if gene expression profiles from primary RCC tumors differs from patient-matched metastatic tumors. Thus, we sought to identify differentially expressed genes between patient-matched primary and metastatic RCC tumors in order to understand the molecular mechanisms underlying the development of RCC metastases.
Patients and methods: We compared gene expression profiles between patient-matched primary and metastatic RCC tumors using a two-stage design. First, we used Affymetrix microarrays on 15 pairs of primary RCC [14 clear cell RCC (ccRCC), 1 papillary] tumors and patient-matched pulmonary metastases. Second, we used a custom NanoString panel to validate seven candidate genes in an independent cohort of 114 ccRCC patients. Differential gene expression was evaluated using a mixed effect linear model; a random effect denoting patient was included to account for the paired data. Third, The Cancer Genome Atlas (TCGA) data were used to evaluate associations with metastasis-free and overall survival in primary ccRCC tumors.
Results: We identified and validated up regulation of seven genes functionally involved in the formation of the extracellular matrix (ECM): DCN, SLIT2, LUM, LAMA2, ADAMTS12, CEACAM6 and LMO3. In primary ccRCC, CEACAM6 and LUM were significantly associated with metastasis-free and overall survival (P < 0.01).
Conclusions: We evaluated gene expression profiles using the largest set to date, to our knowledge, of patient-matched primary and metastatic ccRCC tumors and identified up regulation of ECM genes in metastases. Our study implicates up regulation of ECM genes as a critical molecular event leading to visceral, bone and soft tissue metastases in ccRCC.

Gelfand R, Vernet D, Bruhn KW, et al.
Long-term exposure of MCF-7 breast cancer cells to ethanol stimulates oncogenic features.
Int J Oncol. 2017; 50(1):49-65 [PubMed] Free Access to Full Article Related Publications
Alcohol consumption is a risk factor for breast cancer. Little is known regarding the mechanism, although it is assumed that acetaldehyde or estrogen mediated pathways play a role. We previously showed that long-term exposure to 2.5 mM ethanol (blood alcohol ~0.012%) of MCF-12A, a human normal epithelial breast cell line, induced epithelial mesenchymal transition (EMT) and oncogenic transformation. In this study, we investigated in the human breast cancer cell line MCF-7, whether a similar exposure to ethanol at concentrations ranging up to peak blood levels in heavy drinkers would increase malignant progression. Short-term (1-week) incubation to ethanol at as low as 1-5 mM (corresponding to blood alcohol concentration of ~0.0048-0.024%) upregulated the stem cell related proteins Oct4 and Nanog, but they were reduced after exposure at 25 mM. Long-term (4-week) exposure to 25 mM ethanol upregulated the Oct4 and Nanog proteins, as well as the malignancy marker Ceacam6. DNA microarray analysis in cells exposed for 1 week showed upregulated expression of metallothionein genes, particularly MT1X. Long-term exposure upregulated expression of some malignancy related genes (STEAP4, SERPINA3, SAMD9, GDF15, KRT15, ITGB6, TP63, and PGR, as well as the CEACAM, interferon related, and HLA gene families). Some of these findings were validated by RT-PCR. A similar treatment also modulated numerous microRNAs (miRs) including one regulator of Oct4 as well as miRs involved in oncogenesis and/or malignancy, with only a few estrogen-induced miRs. Long-term 25 mM ethanol also induced a 5.6-fold upregulation of anchorage-independent growth, an indicator of malignant-like features. Exposure to acetaldehyde resulted in little or no effect comparable to that of ethanol. The previously shown alcohol induction of oncogenic transformation of normal breast cells is now complemented by the current results suggesting alcohol's potential involvement in malignant progression of breast cancer.

Ke W, Li J, Zhao K, et al.
Modular Design and Facile Synthesis of Enzyme-Responsive Peptide-Linked Block Copolymers for Efficient Delivery of Doxorubicin.
Biomacromolecules. 2016; 17(10):3268-3276 [PubMed] Related Publications
Construction of efficient doxorubicin (DOX) delivery systems addressing a cascade of physiological barriers remains a great challenge for better therapeutic efficacy of tumors. Herein, we design well-defined enzyme-responsive peptide-linked block copolymer, PEG-GPLGVRGDG-P(BLA-co-Asp) [PEG and P(BLA-co-Asp) are poly(ethylene glycol) and partially hydrolyzed poly(β-benzyl l-aspartate) (PBLA), respectively] (P3), with modular functionality for efficient delivery of DOX. The block copolymers were successfully obtained via click reaction to introduce peptide (alkynyl-GPLGVRGDG) into the end of PEG for initiating ring-opening polymerization of β-benzyl l-aspartate N-carboxyanhydride (BLA-NCA) by terminal amino groups followed by partial hydrolysis of PBLA segments. P3 micelle was demonstrated to encapsulate DOX efficiently through synergistic effect of benzyl group-based hydrophobic and carboxyl moiety-based electrostatic interactions. Effective matrix metalloproteinase-2 (MMP-2)-triggered cleavage of peptide for dePEGylation of P3 micelles was confirmed and residual RGD ligands were retained on the surfaces. Against HT1080 cells overexpressing MMP-2, DOX-loaded P3 micelles showed approximately 4-fold increase of the cellular internalization amount as compared with free DOX and half maximal inhibitory concentration (IC

Meng J, Zhang XT, Liu XL, et al.
WSTF promotes proliferation and invasion of lung cancer cells by inducing EMT via PI3K/Akt and IL-6/STAT3 signaling pathways.
Cell Signal. 2016; 28(11):1673-82 [PubMed] Related Publications
Williams syndrome transcription factor (WSTF), which is encoded by the BAZ1B gene, was first identified as a hemizygously deleted gene in patients with Williams syndrome. WSTF protein has been reported to be involved in transcription, replication, chromatin remodeling and DNA damage response, and also functions as a tyrosine protein kinase. However, the function of WSTF in cancer is not known. Here, we show that WSTF overexpression promotes proliferation, colony formation, migration and invasion of lung cancer A549 and H1299 cells. WSTF overexpression also promotes tumor growth and invasive abilities of lung cancer cells in mouse xenograft models. cDNA microarray and subsequent qRT-PCR validation revealed that WSTF overexpression significantly upregulated the expression of EMT (epithelial to mesenchymal transition) marker fibronectin (FN1) and EMT-inducing genes Fos and CEACAM6. The changes of EMT markers including downregulated E-cadherin and upregulated N-cadherin and FN1 were further confirmed at both mRNA and protein levels upon WSTF overexpression, with typical morphological changes of EMT. Furthermore, WSTF activates both PI3K/Akt and IL-6/STAT3 oncogenic signaling pathways. Treatment with PI3K inhibitor ZSTK474 or STAT3 inhibitor niclosamide reversed the effects of WSTF overexpression by inhibiting cell proliferation, migration and invasion, with decreased level of p-Akt, p-STAT3 and IL-6. ZSTK474 and niclosamide also reversed EMT markers and EMT-inducing proteins including Snail, Slug, Twist and CEACAM6 in WSTF-overexpressing A549 cells. Taken together, these results demonstrate that WSTF may act as an oncoprotein in lung cancer to accelerate tumor aggressiveness by promoting EMT via activation of PI3K/Akt and IL-6/STAT3 pathways.

Chicard M, Boyault S, Colmet Daage L, et al.
Genomic Copy Number Profiling Using Circulating Free Tumor DNA Highlights Heterogeneity in Neuroblastoma.
Clin Cancer Res. 2016; 22(22):5564-5573 [PubMed] Related Publications
PURPOSE: The tumor genomic copy number profile is of prognostic significance in neuroblastoma patients. We have studied the genomic copy number profile of cell-free DNA (cfDNA) and compared this with primary tumor arrayCGH (aCGH) at diagnosis.
EXPERIMENTAL DESIGN: In 70 patients, cfDNA genomic copy number profiling was performed using the OncoScan platform. The profiles were classified according to the overall pattern, including numerical chromosome alterations (NCA), segmental chromosome alterations (SCA), and MYCN amplification (MNA).
RESULTS: Interpretable and dynamic cfDNA profiles were obtained in 66 of 70 and 52 of 70 cases, respectively. An overall identical genomic profile between tumor aCGH and cfDNA was observed in 47 cases (3 NCAs, 22 SCAs, 22 MNAs). In one case, cfDNA showed an additional SCA not detected by tumor aCGH. In 4 of 8 cases with a silent tumor aCGH profile, cfDNA analysis revealed a dynamic profile (3 SCAs, 1 NCA). In 14 cases, cfDNA analysis did not reveal any copy number changes. A total of 378 breakpoints common to the primary tumor and cfDNA of any given patient were identified, 27 breakpoints were seen by tumor aCGH, and 54 breakpoints were seen in cfDNA only, including two cases with interstitial IGFR1 gains and two alterations targeting TERT CONCLUSIONS: These results demonstrate the feasibility of cfDNA copy number profiling in neuroblastoma patients, with a concordance of the overall genomic profile in aCGH and cfDNA dynamic cases of 97% and a sensitivity of 77%, respectively. Furthermore, neuroblastoma heterogeneity is highlighted, suggesting that cfDNA might reflect genetic alterations of more aggressive cell clones. Clin Cancer Res; 22(22); 5564-73. ©2016 AACRSee related commentary by Janku and Kurzrock, p. 5400.

Li C, Wang B, Lu D, et al.
Ethnic sensitivity assessment of the antibody-drug conjugate trastuzumab emtansine (T-DM1) in patients with HER2-positive locally advanced or metastatic breast cancer.
Cancer Chemother Pharmacol. 2016; 78(3):547-58 [PubMed] Related Publications
PURPOSE: Trastuzumab emtansine (T-DM1) is indicated for previously treated HER2-positive metastatic breast cancer. Ethnic sensitivity assessment of T-DM1 was conducted using data from eight clinical studies to ensure that the clinically recommended dose is appropriate across ethnicities.
METHODS: Four approaches were used: (1) non-compartmental analysis (NCA) comparing pharmacokinetic parameters of T-DM1 and relevant analytes across ethnic groups, (2) population pharmacokinetic (popPK) analysis assessing the impact of ethnicity on pharmacokinetics, (3) comparison of T-DM1 pharmacokinetics in Japanese patients versus the global population, and (4) exposure-response analyses assessing the impact of ethnicity on safety and efficacy.
RESULTS: NCA pharmacokinetic parameters (T-DM1, total trastuzumab, DM1) were comparable across ethnic groups; mean cycle 1 T-DM1 AUCinf was 475, 442, and 518 day µg/mL for white (n = 461), Asian (n = 68), and others (n = 57), respectively. PopPK analysis showed that ethnicity (white, Asian, and others) was not a significant covariate for T-DM1 pharmacokinetics (n = 671). Additionally, visual predictive check plots indicated that observed pharmacokinetic profiles in Japanese patients (n = 42) were within the prediction interval generated from the final PopPK model. Exposure-response analyses showed that ethnicity was not a significant covariate impacting efficacy or hepatotoxicity risk, but there was a trend of greater thrombocytopenia risk among Asians versus non-Asians, which could not be explained by similar exposure between the ethnic groups. Most Asians with thrombocytopenia were able to continue T-DM1 using dose-adjustment rules recommended for the global population.
CONCLUSIONS: These results suggest that T-DM1 pharmacokinetics are comparable across ethnic groups and that use of the current dosing regimen is appropriate across ethnicities.

Roy RK, Hoppe MM, Srivastava S, et al.
CEACAM6 is upregulated by Helicobacter pylori CagA and is a biomarker for early gastric cancer.
Oncotarget. 2016; 7(34):55290-55301 [PubMed] Free Access to Full Article Related Publications
Early detection of gastric cancers saves lives, but remains a diagnostic challenge. In this study, we aimed to identify cell-surface biomarkers of early gastric cancer. We hypothesized that a subset of plasma membrane proteins induced by the Helicobacter pylori oncoprotein CagA will be retained in early gastric cancers through non-oncogene addiction. An inducible system for expression of CagA was used to identify differentially upregulated membrane protein transcripts in vitro. The top hits were then analyzed in gene expression datasets comparing transcriptome of gastric cancer with normal tissue, to focus on markers retained in cancer. Among the transcripts enriched upon CagA induction in vitro, a significant elevation of CEACAM6 was noted in gene expression datasets of gastric cancer. We used quantitative digital immunohistochemistry to measure CEACAM6 protein levels in tissue microarrays of gastric cancer. We demonstrate an increase in CEACAM6 in early gastric cancers, when compared to matched normal tissue, with an AUC of 0.83 for diagnostic validity. Finally, we show that a fluorescently conjugated CEACAM6 antibody binds avidly to freshly resected gastric cancer xenograft samples and can be detected by endoscopy in real time. Together, these results suggest that CEACAM6 upregulation is a cell surface response to H. pylori CagA, and is retained in early gastric cancers. They highlight a novel link between CEACAM6 expression and CagA in gastric cancer, and suggest CEACAM6 to be a promising biomarker to aid with the fluorescent endoscopic diagnosis of early neoplastic lesions in the stomach.

Higashi K, Fujii N, Kushida M, et al.
Generation of Rat Monoclonal Antibodies Against Human Pancreatic Ductal Adenocarcinoma Cells.
Monoclon Antib Immunodiagn Immunother. 2016; 35(3):148-54 [PubMed] Related Publications
Pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma is an aggressive tumor with a poor prognosis. Biomarkers that can detect the tumor in its early stages when it may be amenable to curative resection might improve prognosis. To discover novel markers expressed in primary pancreatic cancer, we generated a panel of monoclonal antibodies against pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma cell line BxPC3 using a rat medial iliac lymph node method. The antigen recognized by 1B5A5 was expressed on the cell surface and secreted into the conditioned medium of BxPC3 cells, and characterized as glycoproteins with molecular mass between 60 and 90 kDa. A wide range of molecular weights of 1B5A5 antigen in several pancreatic cancer cell lines were observed. Immunohistochemistry using a human multiple organ tumor tissue array showed an enhanced expression of 1B5A5 antigen in pancreas, lung, stomach, breast, urinary bladder, colon, and cervix uteri cancers. Immunoprecipitation followed by proteomic analyses identified CEACAM6 as a 1B5A5 antigen. In addition, western blot analysis results indicated that the 1B5A5 epitope is located within an amino-terminal domain of CEACAM6. These results raised the possibility that our approach could lead to discovery of novel biomarkers for the early stage of cancers in a relatively short period of time.

Sieber KB, Gajer P, Dunning Hotopp JC
Modeling the integration of bacterial rRNA fragments into the human cancer genome.
BMC Bioinformatics. 2016; 17:134 [PubMed] Free Access to Full Article Related Publications
BACKGROUND: Cancer is a disease driven by the accumulation of genomic alterations, including the integration of exogenous DNA into the human somatic genome. We previously identified in silico evidence of DNA fragments from a Pseudomonas-like bacteria integrating into the 5'-UTR of four proto-oncogenes in stomach cancer sequencing data. The functional and biological consequences of these bacterial DNA integrations remain unknown.
RESULTS: Modeling of these integrations suggests that the previously identified sequences cover most of the sequence flanking the junction between the bacterial and human DNA. Further examination of these reads reveals that these integrations are rich in guanine nucleotides and the integrated bacterial DNA may have complex transcript secondary structures.
CONCLUSIONS: The models presented here lay the foundation for future experiments to test if bacterial DNA integrations alter the transcription of the human genes.

Rodia MT, Ugolini G, Mattei G, et al.
Systematic large-scale meta-analysis identifies a panel of two mRNAs as blood biomarkers for colorectal cancer detection.
Oncotarget. 2016; 7(21):30295-306 [PubMed] Free Access to Full Article Related Publications
Colorectal cancer (CRC) is the third most common cancer in the world. A significant survival rate is achieved if it is detected at an early stage. A whole blood screening test, without any attempt to isolate blood fractions, could be an important tool to improve early detection of colorectal cancer. We searched for candidate markers with a novel approach based on the Transcriptome Mapper (TRAM), aimed at identifying specific RNAs with the highest differential expression ratio between colorectal cancer tissue and normal blood samples. This tool permits a large-scale systematic meta-analysis of all available data obtained by microarray experiments. The targeting of RNA took into consideration that tumour phenotypic variation is associated with changes in the mRNA levels of genes regulating or affecting this variation.A real time quantitative reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (qRT- PCR) was applied to the validation of candidate markers in the blood of 67 patients and 67 healthy controls. The expression of genes: TSPAN8, LGALS4, COL1A2 and CEACAM6 resulted as being statistically different.In particular ROC curves attested for TSPAN8 an AUC of 0.751 with a sensitivity of 83.6% and a specificity of 58.2% at a cut off of 10.85, while the panel of the two best genes showed an AUC of 0.861 and a sensitivity of 92.5% with a specificity of 67.2%.Our preliminary study on a total of 134 subjects showed promising results for a blood screening test to be validated in a larger cohort with the staging stratification and in patients with other gastrointestinal diseases.

Belharazem D, Magdeburg J, Berton AK, et al.
Carcinoma of the colon and rectum with deregulation of insulin-like growth factor 2 signaling: clinical and molecular implications.
J Gastroenterol. 2016; 51(10):971-84 [PubMed] Related Publications
BACKGROUND: Loss of imprinting (LOI) of the insulin-like growth factor 2 (IGF2) is an early event in the development of colorectal cancer (CRC). Whether LOI of IGF2 denotes a molecular or clinical cancer subgroup is currently unknown.
METHODS: Tumor biopsies and paired normal mucosa from 399 patients with extensive clinical annotations were analyzed for LOI and IGF2 expression. LOI status in 140 informative cases was correlated with clinicopathologic parameters and outcome.
RESULTS: LOI was frequent in normal mucosa and tumors and occurred throughout the large intestine. LOI was unrelated to microsatellite instability, KRAS mutation status, stage, and survival. However, CRC with LOI showed increased IGF2 protein levels and activation of AKT1. Gene expression analysis of tumors with and without LOI and knockdown of IGF2 in cell lines revealed that IGF2 induced distinct sets of activated and repressed genes, including Wnt5a, CEACAM6, IGF2BP3, KPN2A, BRCA2, and CDK1. Inhibition of AKT1 in IGF2-stimulated cells showed that the downstream effects of IGF2 on cell proliferation and gene expression were strictly AKT1-dependent.
CONCLUSIONS: LOI of IGF2 is a frequent and early event in CRC that occurs both in the adenomatous polyposis coli (APC) gene-mutated and serrated route of carcinogenesis. LOI leads to overexpression of IGF2, activates IGF1R and AKT1, and is a powerful driver of cell proliferation. Moreover, our results suggest that IGF2 via AKT1 also contributes to non-canonical wnt signaling. Although LOI had no significant impact on major clinical parameters and outcome, its potential as a target for preventive and therapeutic interventions merits further investigation.

Jayavelu ND, Bar N
Reconstruction of temporal activity of microRNAs from gene expression data in breast cancer cell line.
BMC Genomics. 2015; 16:1077 [PubMed] Free Access to Full Article Related Publications
BACKGROUND: MicroRNAs (miRNAs) are small non-coding RNAs that regulate genes at the post-transcriptional level in spatiotemporal manner. Several miRNAs are identified as prognostic and diagnostic markers in many human cancers. Estimation of the temporal activities of the miRNAs is an important step in the way to understand the complex interactions of these important regulatory elements with transcription factors (TFs) and target genes (TGs). However, current research on miRNA activities excludes network dynamics from the studies, disregarding the important element of time in the regulatory network analysis.
RESULTS: In the current study, we combined experimentally verified miRNA-TG interactions with breast cancer microarray TG expression data to identify key miRNAs and compute their temporal activity using network component analysis (NCA). The computed activities showed that miRNAs were regulated in a time dependent manner. Our results allowed constructing a synergistic network of miRNAs using the computed miRNA activities and their shared regulation of TGs. We further extended this network by incorporating miRNA-TG, miRNA-TF, TF-miRNA and TF-TG regulations in the context of breast cancer. Our integrated network identified several miRNAs known to be involved in breast cancer regulation and revealed several novel miRNAs. Our further analysis detected substantial involvement of the miRNAs miR-324, miR-93, miR-615 and miR-1 in breast cancer, which was not known previously. Next, combining our integrated networks with functional annotation of differentially expressed genes resulted in new sub-networks. These sub-networks allowed us to identify the key miRNAs and their interactions with TFs and TGs of several biological processes involved in breast cancer. The identified markers are validated for their potential as prognostic markers for breast cancer through survival analysis.
CONCLUSIONS: Our dynamical analysis of the miRNA interactions greatly helps to discover new network based markers, and is highly applicable (but not limited) to cancer research.

Yan L, Wang Y, Wang ZZ, et al.
Cell motility and spreading promoted by CEACAM6 through cyclin D1/CDK4 in human pancreatic carcinoma.
Oncol Rep. 2016; 35(1):418-26 [PubMed] Related Publications
Carcinoembryonic antigen-related cell adhesion molecule 6 (CEACAM6) belongs to the human carcino-embryonic antigen (CEA) family. Numerous lines of studies have indicated that altered expression of CEACAM6 may have a role in carcinogenesis and development. However, few studies have defined functional roles and mechanisms of action. In the present study, the relationship between clinical and pathological parameters was also analyzed. The relative CEACAM6 protein expression of pancreatic carcinoma was significantly higher than that in non-cancerous tissue. Different clinical stages and lymph node metastasis between groups were significantly different (P<0.05). We used siRNA and forced-expression in multiple cell lines to define the role of CEACAM6 in the regulation of proliferation of pancreatic carcinoma in vitro and in vivo. Knockdown of endogenous CEACAM6 decreased proliferation of BxPC-3 and SW1990 cells. These changes significantly reduced cyclin D1 and CDK4 protein levels. Conversely, overexpression of CEACAM6 in MIA PaCa-2 cells stimulated proliferation and increased cyclin D1 and CDK4 protein levels. Our results confirm that CEACAM6 promoted cell proliferation, and these changes were mediated by cyclin D1/CDK4. These observations contribute to our understanding of the important roles of CEACAM6 in pancreatic carcinoma development and progression and could be a promising molecular target for the development of new diagnostic and therapeutic strategies of pancreatic carcinoma.

Kim J, Kim S, Ko S, et al.
Recurrent fusion transcripts detected by whole-transcriptome sequencing of 120 primary breast cancer samples.
Genes Chromosomes Cancer. 2015; 54(11):681-91 [PubMed] Related Publications
Relatively few recurrent gene fusion events have been associated with breast cancer to date. In an effort to uncover novel fusion transcripts, we performed whole-transcriptome sequencing of 120 fresh-frozen primary breast cancer samples and five adjacent normal breast tissues using the Illumina HiSeq2000 platform. Three different fusion-detecting tools (deFuse, Chimerascan, and TopHatFusion) were used, and the results were compared. These tools detected 3,831, 6,630 and 516 fusion transcripts (FTs) overall. We primarily focused on the results obtained using the deFuse software. More FTs were identified from HER2 subtype breast cancer samples than from the luminal or triple-negative subtypes (P < 0.05). Seventy fusion candidates were selected for validation, and 32 (45.7%) were confirmed by RT-PCR and Sanger sequencing. Of the validated fusions, six were recurrent (found in 2 or more samples), three were in-frame (PRDX1-AKR1A1, TACSTD2-OMA1, and C2CD2-TFF1) and three were off-frame (CEACAM7-CEACAM6, CYP4X1-CYP4Z2P, and EEF1DP3-FRY). Notably, the novel read-through fusion, EEF1DP3-FRY, was identified and validated in 6.7% (8/120) of the breast cancer samples. This off-frame fusion results in early truncation of the FRY gene, which plays a key role in the structural integrity during mitosis. Three previously reported fusions, PPP1R1B-STARD3, MFGE8-HAPL, and ETV6-NTRK3, were detected in 8.3, 3.3, and 0.8% of the 120 samples, respectively, by both deFuse and Chimerascan. The recently reported MAGI3-AKT3 fusion was not detected in our analysis. Although future work will be needed to examine the biological significance of our new findings, we identified a number of novel fusions and confirmed some previously reported fusions.

Cai X, Luo J, Yang X, et al.
In vivo selection for spine-derived highly metastatic lung cancer cells is associated with increased migration, inflammation and decreased adhesion.
Oncotarget. 2015; 6(26):22905-17 [PubMed] Free Access to Full Article Related Publications
We developed a murine spine metastasis model by screening five metastatic non-small cell lung cancer cell lines (PC-9, A549, NCI-H1299, NCI-H460, H2030). A549 cells displayed the highest tendency towards spine metastases. After three rounds of selection in vivo, we isolated a clone named A549L6, which induced spine metastasis in 80% of injected mice. The parameters of the A549L6 cell spinal metastatic mouse models were consistent with clinical spine metastasis features. All the spinal metastatic mice developed symptoms of nerve compression after 40 days. A549L6 cells had increased migration, invasiveness and decreased adhesion compared to the original A549L0 cells. In contrast, there was no significant differences in cell proliferation, apoptosis and sensitivity to chemotherapeutic agents such as cisplatin. Comparative transcriptomic analysis and real-time PCR analysis showed that expression of signaling molecules regulating several tumor properties including migration (MYL9), metastasis (CEACAM6, VEGFC, CX3CL1, CST1, CCL5, S100A9, IGF1, NOTCH3), adhesion (FN1, CEACAM1) and inflammation (TRAF2, NFκB2 and RelB) were altered in A549L6 cells. We suggest that migration, adhesion and inflammation related genes contribute to spine metastatic capacity.

Zhang F, Zhang X, Meng J, et al.
ING5 inhibits cancer aggressiveness via preventing EMT and is a potential prognostic biomarker for lung cancer.
Oncotarget. 2015; 6(18):16239-52 [PubMed] Free Access to Full Article Related Publications
The proteins of the Inhibitor of Growth (ING) candidate tumor suppressor family are involved in multiple cellular functions such as cell cycle regulation, apoptosis, and chromatin remodeling. ING5 is the new member of the family whose actual role in tumor suppression is not known. Here we show that ING5 overexpression in lung cancer A549 cells inhibited cell proliferation and invasiveness, while ING5 knockdown in lung cancer H1299 cells promoted cell aggressiveness. ING5 overexpression also abrogated tumor growth and invasive abilities of lung cancer cells in mouse xenograft models. Further study showed that ING5 overexpression inhibited EMT indicated by increase of E-cadherin and decrease of N-cadherin, Snail and slug at mRNA and protein levels, which was accompanied with morphological changes. cDNA microarray and subsequent qRT-PCR validation revealed that ING5 significantly downregulated expression of EMT (epithelial to mesenchymal transition)-inducing genes including CEACAM6, BMP2 and CDH11. Clinical study by tissue microarray showed that nuclear ING5 negatively correlated with clinical stages and lymph node metastasis of lung cancer. Furthermore, high level of nuclear ING5 was associated with a better prognosis. Taken together, these findings uncover an important role for ING5 as a potent tumor suppressor in lung cancer growth and metastasis.

Jin C, Liu Y, Zhu J, et al.
Recombinant Salmonella-based CEACAM6 and 4-1BBL vaccine enhances T-cell immunity and inhibits the development of colorectal cancer in rats: In vivo effects of vaccine containing 4-1BBL and CEACAM6.
Oncol Rep. 2015; 33(6):2837-44 [PubMed] Related Publications
The present study aimed to determine the effect of recombinant Salmonella (SL3261)-based CEACAM6 and 4-1BB ligand (4-1BBL) vaccine on the development of colorectal cancer in rats and the potential immune mechanisms involved. Attenuated Salmonella typhimurium (vaccine strain)‑carrying plasmids pIRES-CEACAM6, pIRES‑4‑1BBL and pIRES-CEACAM6-4-1BBL were constructed. The rats were administered subcutaneous injections of 1,2-dimethyl-hydrazine (DMH) once a week for 18 weeks. Eight weeks after the first injection, the rats were divided into the pIRES/SL3261, pIRES-4-1BBL/SL3261, pIRES-CEACAM6/SL3261 and pIRES-CEACAM6-4-1BBL/SL3261 groups, and fed with corresponding vaccine strains. The rats were then sacrificed, the number of colon tumors were recorded, and the Dukes' stage were evaluated. CD3, CD4, CD8, CD56, FOXP3 and CEACAM6 expression in tumor tissues was determined by immunohistochemical staining. Compared with the expression levels in the pIRES/SL3261 group, similar levels of CD3+, CD8+ and CD56+ expression were identified for the pIRES-CEACAM6/SL3261 group of rats. Additionally, a comparable number of tumors was detected in the pIRES-4-1BBL/SL3261 and pIRES-CEACAM6/SL3261 groups. By contrast, a significantly fewer number of tumors, albeit with a higher density of CD3+CD8+, CD56+ and a lower density of Foxp3+ tumor-infiltrating lymphocyte (TIL) cells was detected in the pIRES-CEACAM6-4-1BBL/SL3261 group of rats. The results indicated that vaccination with recombinant attenuated Salmonella harboring the CEACAM6 and 4-1BBL gene efficiently increased the number of CD3+CD8+ TIL and NK cells, decreased the number of FOXP3 cells and inhibited the development of DMH-induced colorectal cancer in rats.

Gebauer F, Wicklein D, Horst J, et al.
Carcinoembryonic antigen-related cell adhesion molecules (CEACAM) 1, 5 and 6 as biomarkers in pancreatic cancer.
PLoS One. 2014; 9(11):e113023 [PubMed] Free Access to Full Article Related Publications
BACKGROUND: Aim of this study was to assess the biological function in tumor progression and metastatic process carcinoembryonic antigen-related cell adhesion molecules (CEACAM) 1, 5 and 6 in pancreatic adenocarcinoma (PDAC).
EXPERIMENTAL DESIGN: CEACAM knock down cells were established and assessed in vitro and in a subcutaneous and intraperitoneal mouse xenograft model. Tissue and serum expression of patients with PDAC were assessed by immunohistochemistry (IHC) and by enzyme linked immunosorbent assays.
RESULTS: Presence of lymph node metastasis was correlated with CEACAM 5 and 6 expression (determined by IHC) and tumor recurrence exclusively with CEACAM 6. Patients with CEACAM 5 and 6 expression showed a significantly shortened OS in Kaplan-Meier survival analyses. Elevated CEACAM6 serum values showed a correlation with distant metastasis and. Survival analysis revealed a prolonged OS for patients with low serum CEACAM 1 values. In vitro proliferation and migration capacity was increased in CEACAM knock down PDAC cells, however, mice inoculated with CEACAM knock down cells showed a prolonged overall-survival (OS). The number of spontaneous pulmonary metastasis was increased in the CEACAM knock down group.
CONCLUSION: The effects mediated by CEACAM expression in PDAC are complex, though overexpression is correlated with loco-regional aggressive tumor growth. However, loss of CEACAM can be considered as a part of epithelial-mesenchymal transition and is therefore of rather importance in the process of distant metastasis.

Deng X, Liu P, Zhao Y, Wang Q
Expression profiling of CEACAM6 associated with the tumorigenesis and progression in gastric adenocarcinoma.
Genet Mol Res. 2014; 13(3):7686-97 [PubMed] Related Publications
Carcinoembryonic antigen-related cellular adhesion molecule 6 (CEACAM6) is a member of the immunoglobulin superfamily and has been recently reported to affect the neoplastic, metastatic, and invasive ability of malignant cells by regulating intracellular signaling pathways during tumorigenesis and progression. We investigated the expression and amplification of CEACAM6 in relation to the clinicopathological and biological significance of gastric adenocarcinoma. Expression of CEACAM6 mRNA in 75 primary gastric adenocarcinom and 20 adjacent tissues compared to normal gastric mucosas were explored using real-time quantitative-polymerase chain reaction. Immunohistochemical assays were conducted to evaluate the expression and tissue distribution of CEACAM6 protein. Overexpression of CEACAM6 mRNA in both gastric adenocarcinoma (2.513 ± 0.869) and adjacent tissues (1.171 ± 0.428) was significantly higher than the relative expressions in non-neoplastic specimens (0.594 ± 0.513) (P < 0.01). CEACAM6 protein was present in 52 (69.33%) gastric adenocarcinomas, but not in normal gastric tissues. Adenocarcinomas with elevated CEACAM6 expression were significantly associated with lymph node metastases and advanced stages. There were no relationships between CEACAM6 expression and tumor size, histological differentiation, or different subtypes, respectively. Moreover, higher expression of CEACAM6 was found to be correlated with short postoperative survival time of patients with gastric cancer. Amplification and upregulation of CEACAM6 expression was observed in human gastric adenocarcinomas, which may be correlated with the generation or transformation of malignant cells, tumor aggressive progression, and clinical outcome. CEACAM6 may be a valuable biomarker screening for gastric tumor and novel predictor for patients in advanced stages of gastric cancer.

Wakabayashi-Nakao K, Hatakeyama K, Ohshima K, et al.
Carcinoembryonic antigen-related cell adhesion molecule 4 (CEACAM4) is specifically expressed in medullary thyroid carcinoma cells.
Biomed Res. 2014; 35(4):237-42 [PubMed] Related Publications
Carcinoembryonic antigen (CEA), an oncofetal cell surface glycoprotein, has been widely used as a human tumor marker due to its high expression in tumors and secretion to serum. It belongs to the immunoglobulin superfamily named CEA-related cell adhesion molecule (CEACAM) family. Members of this family are detected in various cancers and have been shown to be involved in cancer growth and invasion. In this study, we examined the mRNA expression profiles of CEACAM family members including CEACAM1, CEACAM3, CEACAM4, CEACAM5 (CEA), CEACAM6, CEACAM7, and CEACAM8 in various tumor cell lines. Our screening data indicated that the mRNA expression patterns of CEACAMs in TT cells, which are derived from medullary thyroid carcinoma (MTC), were distinct from other tumor cell lines. Additionally, CEACAM4 was only expressed in TT cells, in which two novel splice variants of CEACAM4 were expressed. These findings suggested that production of CEA and CEA-related molecules in MTC may be distinct from other tumor-based production of those molecules and that the specific expression of CEACAM4 would make possible to differentiate between MTC and other CEA-producing tumors.

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