Gene Summary

Gene:PEG10; paternally expressed 10
Aliases: EDR, HB-1, Mar2, MEF3L, Mart2, RGAG3
Summary:This is a paternally expressed imprinted gene that is thought to have been derived from the Ty3/Gypsy family of retrotransposons. It contains two overlapping open reading frames, RF1 and RF2, and expresses two proteins: a shorter, gag-like protein (with a CCHC-type zinc finger domain) from RF1; and a longer, gag/pol-like fusion protein (with an additional aspartic protease motif) from RF1/RF2 by -1 translational frameshifting (-1 FS). While -1 FS has been observed in RNA viruses and transposons in both prokaryotes and eukaryotes, this gene represents the first example of -1 FS in a eukaryotic cellular gene. This gene is highly conserved across mammalian species and retains the heptanucleotide (GGGAAAC) and pseudoknot elements required for -1 FS. It is expressed in adult and embryonic tissues (most notably in placenta) and reported to have a role in cell proliferation, differentiation and apoptosis. Overexpression of this gene has been associated with several malignancies, such as hepatocellular carcinoma and B-cell lymphocytic leukemia. Knockout mice lacking this gene showed early embryonic lethality with placental defects, indicating the importance of this gene in embryonic development. Additional isoforms resulting from alternatively spliced transcript variants, and use of upstream non-AUG (CUG) start codon have been reported for this gene. [provided by RefSeq, Oct 2014]
Databases:VEGA, OMIM, HGNC, Ensembl, GeneCard, Gene
Protein:retrotransposon-derived protein PEG10
Source:NCBIAccessed: 27 February, 2015


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Publications Per Year (1990-2015)
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  • Ubiquitin-Protein Ligases
  • Genomics
  • Cancer Gene Expression Regulation
  • Cell Cycle
  • Gene Dosage
  • Immunohistochemistry
  • Gene Expression Regulation
  • CDC2 Protein Kinase
  • alpha-Fetoproteins
  • Chromosome 7
  • Transcription Factors
  • Disease Progression
  • Nucleic Acid Hybridization
  • Serpins
  • TGFB1
  • Nuclear Proteins
  • Proteins
  • siRNA
  • Hep G2 Cells
  • Nerve Growth Factors
  • Cell Line
  • Tumor Markers
  • Carrier Proteins
  • Glypicans
  • Apoptosis
  • Drug Resistance
  • Survival Rate
  • Hepatocellular Carcinoma
  • Genomic Imprinting
  • Liver Cancer
  • Up-Regulation
  • Cell Proliferation
  • Gene Expression Profiling
  • Vinblastine
  • Uterine Cancer
  • Wilms Tumour
  • Oligonucleotide Array Sequence Analysis
  • Messenger RNA
  • DNA Methylation
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Latest Publications: PEG10 (cancer-related)

Saad Y, El-Serafy M, Eldin MS, et al.
New genetic markers for diagnosis of hepatitis C related hepatocellular carcinoma in Egyptian patients.
J Gastrointestin Liver Dis. 2013; 22(4):419-25 [PubMed] Related Publications
BACKGROUND AND AIM: Early detection of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) enhances effective and curative management. New genetic markers with distinct diagnostic ability are required.
AIM: determine the expression of GPC3, PEG10, SERPINI1, MK and QP-C in the peripheral blood of HCC patients.
METHODS: 74 HCV patients were recruited and divided into three groups; chronic hepatitis (I), liver cirrhosis (II) and HCC (III). Demographics, laboratory and imaging data were collected. Child score and metastatic work up were completed. The expression of the five candidate genes in the peripheral blood was performed by qRT-PCR assay.
RESULTS: Groups were gender matched, age in group I was significantly lower than in groups II and III (37.7 vs 50.4 and 55.6, p value <0.005). CHILD score; group II and III A/B/C = (7/5/6) and (20/6/3). AFP was significantly higher in group III than I and II (204 vs 3.9 and 6.9, p < 0.01). In HCC group 69% of the lesions were < 5 cm, and had 1-2 nodules; 14% had metastases. GPC3, PEG10, SERPINI1 and MK mRNA were significantly higher in the HCC group compared to the other groups while QP-C mRNA was higher in chronic hepatitis C group compared to other groups. The gene expression values in HCC patients were independent of the tumor size, AFP levels or extrahepatic metastasis. Combined measurement of the five gene markers showed 100% sensitivity and 33% specificity, 48% PPV and 100% NPV.
CONCLUSION: GPC3, PEG10, SERPINI1 and MK are genetic markers that can represent a useful tool for detection of HCC.

Fujiki N, Konno H, Kaneko Y, et al.
Estrogen response element-GFP (ERE-GFP) introduced MCF-7 cells demonstrated the coexistence of multiple estrogen-deprivation resistant mechanisms.
J Steroid Biochem Mol Biol. 2014; 139:61-72 [PubMed] Related Publications
The acquisition of estrogen-deprivation resistance and estrogen receptor (ER) signal-independence in ER-positive breast cancer is one of the crucial steps in advancing the aggressiveness of breast cancer; however, this has not yet been elucidated in detail. To address this issue, we established several estrogen-deprivation-resistant (EDR) breast cancer cell lines from our unique MCF-7 cells, which had been stably transfected with an ERE-GFP reporter plasmid. Three cell lines with high ER activity and another 3 cell lines with no ER activity were established from cell cloning by monitoring GFP expression in living cells. The former three ERE-GFP-positive EDR cell lines showed the overexpression of ER and high expression of several ER-target genes. Further analysis of intracellular signaling factors revealed a marked change in the phosphorylation status of ERα on Ser167 and Akt on Thr308 by similar mechanisms reported previously; however, we could not find any changes in MAP-kinase factors. Comprehensive phospho-proteomic analysis also indicated the possible contribution of the Akt pathway to the phosphorylation of ERα. On the other hand, constitutive activation of c-Jun N-terminal kinase (JNK) was observed in ERE-GFP-negative EDR cells, and the growth of these cells was inhibited by a JNK inhibitor. An IGF1R-specific inhibitor diminished the phosphorylation of JNK, which suggested that a novel signaling pathway, IGF1R-JNK, may be important for the proliferation of ER-independent MCF-7 cells. These results indicate that ER-positive breast cancer cells can acquire resistance by more than two mechanisms at a time, which suggests that multiple mechanisms may occur simultaneously. This finding also implies that breast cancers with different resistance mechanisms can concomitantly occur and mingle in an individual patient, and may be a cause of the recurrence of cancer.

Ortega M, Mallo M, Solé F, et al.
5q- syndrome and multiple myeloma diagnosed simultaneously and successful treated with lenalidomide.
Leuk Res. 2013; 37(10):1248-50 [PubMed] Related Publications
A 72-year-old woman was diagnosed with 5q- myelodysplastic syndrome in the course of an indolent multiple myeloma (MM). Bone marrow (BM) cytogenetics disclosed two unrelated clones: 46,XX,del(5)(q13q33), and [47,X,-X,der(1;21)(q10;q10),-4,-4,+5,del(5)(q13q31),+7,der(7)t(1;7)(p34.2;p22),add(8)(p23),-13,+15,der(16) t(1;16)(q23;q12.2),+19,-21,+mar1,+mar2]. The last complex karyotype belonged to malignant plasma cells. FISH and SKY techniques demonstrated different 5q deletions. EGR1 gene (on 5q31) lost in 5q- syndrome remained in 5q- plasma cells. Biclonal evolution was noted: myeloid 5q- cells added a deletion 13q and plasma cells showed monosomy 13. Patient achieved complete cytogenetic response of 5q- syndrome with low-dose of lenalidomide, and a partial remission of MM with high-dose of lenalidomide/dexamethasone combination.

Zhang X, Li W, Li H, et al.
Genomic methylation profiling combined with gene expression microarray reveals the aberrant methylation mechanism involved in nasopharyngeal carcinoma taxol resistance.
Anticancer Drugs. 2012; 23(8):856-64 [PubMed] Related Publications
Taxol is a first-line chemoagent used for treatment of nasopharyngeal carcinoma (NPC). A major obstacle to achieving successful treatment is the development of cellular taxol drug resistance. Aberrant DNA methylation has been recognized to be associated with the transcriptional inactivation of genes related to cancer drug resistance development. To identify the mechanism of DNA methylation involved in NPC taxol resistance, we applied a genome-wide DNA methylation microarray assay to reveal methylation alteration in taxol-resistant NPC cell lines (CNE-1/taxol, 5-8F/taxol, HNE-2/taxol) established previously in our laboratory. Combining with gene expression microarray, we identified drug resistance-associated genes in taxol-resistant cell lines. We also investigated the coeffect of taxol and the DNA methyltransferase inhibitor 5-aza-2'-deoxycytidine (5-aza-dC) to confirm the involvement of DNA methylation. The methylation profiling revealed differential patterns between the drug-sensitive and -resistant cell lines. As a result, taxol-resistant cell lines were detected to be globally hypermethylated. Forty-eight differentially methylated genes (30 hypermethylated and 18 hypomethylated) were further identified commonly in the three taxol-resistant cell lines. Six of them (DLC1, CHFR, ABCC5, PEG10, ERBB2, and GSTP1) were independently confirmed to contribute to taxol resistance by both methylation-specific PCR and quantitative real-time PCR. Finally, we conclude that DNA methylation is closely correlated with taxol drug resistance in NPC cells. Combined analysis of DNA methylation and gene expression may enable the discovery of new therapeutic targets and prognostic biomarkers of cancers. Furthermore, DNA methylation inhibitors can reverse chemoresistance and prevent the development of acquired drug resistance.

Xiong J, Qin J, Zheng Y, et al.
PEG10 promotes the migration of human Burkitt's lymphoma cells by up-regulating the expression of matrix metalloproteinase-2 and -9.
Clin Invest Med. 2012; 35(3):E117-25 [PubMed] Related Publications
PURPOSE: Paternally expressed gene 10 (PEG10) is important for apoptosis resistance in cancer cells; however, the effect of PEG10 on tumor cell migration remains poorly understood. In this study, we investigated the effects of PEG10 on proliferation, apoptosis, adhesion and migration in the Burkitt's lymphoma cell line, Raji.
METHODS: Apoptosis was induced by 5-fluorouracil (5-FU) in pcDNA3.0/PEG10 transiently transfected HEK293T cells and PEG10-suppressed Raji cells. siRNAPEG10 was used to inhibit PEG10 expression. Fluorescence-activated cell sorting (FACS) were performed to analyze the effect of PEG10 on apoptosis. CCK-8 were performed to detect cell proliferation and adhesion. Matrigel invasion were performed using PEG10-suppressed Raji cells to investigate cell migration. The expression levels of matrix metalloproteinases -2and -9 (MMP-2 and MMP-9) were analyzed in PEG10-suppressed Raji cells using both real-time RT-PCR and Western blot analysis.
RESULTS: HEK293T cells that overexpressed PEG10 exhibited greater viability 48 h following treatment with 5-FU, relative to control cells. Specific inhibition of PEG10 expression by siRNA resulted in inhibition of growth and apoptosis in Raji cells. Adherence and invasion capabilities were downregulated and expression levels of MMP-2 and MMP-9 were reduced in PEG10-suppressed Raji cells.
CONCLUSIONS: Our findings demonstrated that PEG10 enhances the apoptotic resistance and viability of Raji cells. The migration and adherence invasion capacity of Raji cells could potentially be affected by regulation of the expression of MMP-2 and MMP-9. Our research provides a promising strategy for cancer immunotherapy of lymphoma.

Tysome JR, Macfarlane R, Durie-Gair J, et al.
Surgical management of vestibular schwannomas and hearing rehabilitation in neurofibromatosis type 2.
Otol Neurotol. 2012; 33(3):466-72 [PubMed] Related Publications
OBJECTIVES: To report our approach to the surgical management of vestibular schwannomas (VSs) and hearing rehabilitation in neurofibromatosis Type 2 (NF2).
DESIGN: Retrospective cohort study.
SETTING: Tertiary referral NF2 unit.
PATIENTS: Between 1981 and 2011, seventy-five patients were managed in our NF2 unit, of which, 58 patients are under current review.
MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: Patients who underwent VS excision were evaluated for tumor size, surgical approach, and outcomes of hearing and facial nerve function. All current patients were evaluated for NF2 mutation, hearing, and auditory implantation outcomes.
RESULTS: Forty-four patients underwent resection of 50 VS in our unit, of which, 14% had facial neuroma excision and reinnervation during the same operation. At 12 months after surgery, facial nerve outcomes were House-Brackmann (HB) 1 in 33%, HB2 in 21%, and HB3 in 30%. Total VS resection was achieved in 78% of patients using a translabyrinthine approach. Seventy-two percent of the current patients have American Association of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery class A to C hearing (maximum speech discrimination score over 50%) in the better hearing ear, and a further 14% are full-time users of cochlear implants or auditory brainstem implants. The remaining patients have been assessed for auditory implantation.
CONCLUSION: By following a policy of treating VS in NF2 patients where tumor growth is observed, complete tumor resection can be achieved through a translabyrinthine approach while achieving comparable facial nerve outcomes to published series. We advocate proactive hearing rehabilitation in all patients with timely assessment for auditory implantation to maintain quality of life.

van der Horst PH, Wang Y, Vandenput I, et al.
Progesterone inhibits epithelial-to-mesenchymal transition in endometrial cancer.
PLoS One. 2012; 7(1):e30840 [PubMed] Free Access to Full Article Related Publications
BACKGROUND: Every year approximately 74,000 women die of endometrial cancer, mainly due to recurrent or metastatic disease. The presence of tumor infiltrating lymphocytes (TILs) as well as progesterone receptor (PR) positivity has been correlated with improved prognosis. This study describes two mechanisms by which progesterone inhibits metastatic spread of endometrial cancer: by stimulating T-cell infiltration and by inhibiting epithelial-to-mesenchymal cell transition (EMT).
METHODOLOGY AND PRINCIPAL FINDINGS: Paraffin sections from patients with (n = 9) or without (n = 9) progressive endometrial cancer (recurrent or metastatic disease) were assessed for the presence of CD4+ (helper), CD8+ (cytotoxic) and Foxp3+ (regulatory) T-lymphocytes and PR expression. Progressive disease was observed to be associated with significant loss of TILs and loss of PR expression. Frozen tumor samples, used for genome-wide expression analysis, showed significant regulation of pathways involved in immunesurveillance, EMT and metastasis. For a number of genes, such as CXCL14, DKK1, DKK4, PEG10 and WIF1, quantitive RT-PCR was performed to verify up- or downregulation in progressive disease. To corroborate the role of progesterone in regulating invasion, Ishikawa (IK) endometrial cancer cell lines stably transfected with PRA (IKPRA), PRB (IKPRB) and PRA+PRB (IKPRAB) were cultured in presence/absence of progesterone (MPA) and used for genome-wide expression analysis, Boyden- and wound healing migration assays, and IHC for known EMT markers. IKPRB and IKPRAB cell lines showed MPA induced inhibition of migration and loss of the mesenchymal marker vimentin at the invasive front of the wound healing assay. Furthermore, pathway analysis of significantly MPA regulated genes showed significant down regulation of important pathways involved in EMT, immunesuppression and metastasis: such as IL6-, TGF-β and Wnt/β-catenin signaling.
CONCLUSION: Intact progesterone signaling in non-progressive endometrial cancer seems to be an important factor stimulating immunosurveilance and inhibiting transition from an epithelial to a more mesenchymal, more invasive phenotype.

Dong H, Zhang H, Liang J, et al.
Digital karyotyping reveals probable target genes at 7q21.3 locus in hepatocellular carcinoma.
BMC Med Genomics. 2011; 4:60 [PubMed] Free Access to Full Article Related Publications
BACKGROUND: Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) is a worldwide malignant liver tumor with high incidence in China. Subchromosomal amplifications and deletions accounted for major genomic alterations occurred in HCC. Digital karyotyping was an effective method for analyzing genome-wide chromosomal aberrations at high resolution.
METHODS: A digital karyotyping library of HCC was constructed and 454 Genome Sequencer FLX System (Roche) was applied in large scale sequencing of the library. Digital Karyotyping Data Viewer software was used to analyze genomic amplifications and deletions. Genomic amplifications of genes detected by digital karyotyping were examined by real-time quantitative PCR. The mRNA expression level of these genes in tumorous and paired nontumorous tissues was also detected by real-time quantitative RT-PCR.
RESULTS: A total of 821,252 genomic tags were obtained from the digital karyotyping library of HCC, with 529,162 tags (64%) mapped to unique loci of human genome. Multiple subchromosomal amplifications and deletions were detected through analyzing the digital karyotyping data, among which the amplification of 7q21.3 drew our special attention. Validation of genes harbored within amplicons at 7q21.3 locus revealed that genomic amplification of SGCE, PEG10, DYNC1I1 and SLC25A13 occurred in 11 (21%), 11 (21%), 11 (21%) and 23 (44%) of the 52 HCC samples respectively. Furthermore, the mRNA expression level of SGCE, PEG10 and DYNC1I1 were significantly up-regulated in tumorous liver tissues compared with corresponding nontumorous counterparts.
CONCLUSIONS: Our results indicated that subchromosomal region of 7q21.3 was amplified in HCC, and SGCE, PEG10 and DYNC1I1 were probable protooncogenes located within the 7q21.3 locus.

Tsuji K, Yasui K, Gen Y, et al.
PEG10 is a probable target for the amplification at 7q21 detected in hepatocellular carcinoma.
Cancer Genet Cytogenet. 2010; 198(2):118-25 [PubMed] Related Publications
DNA copy number aberrations in human hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) cell lines were investigated using a high-density oligonucleotide microarray, and a novel amplification at the chromosomal region 7q21 was detected. Molecular definition of the amplicon indicated that PEG10 (paternally expressed gene 10), a paternally expressed imprinted gene, was amplified together with CDK14 (cyclin-dependent kinase 14; previously PFTAIRE protein kinase 1, PFTK1) and CDK6 (cyclin-dependent kinase 6). An increase in PEG10 copy number was detected in 14 of 34 primary HCC tumors (41%). PEG10, but not CDK14 or CDK6, was significantly overexpressed in 30 of 41 tumors (73%) from HCC patients, compared with their nontumorous counterparts. These results suggest that PEG10 is a probable target, acting as a driving force for amplification of the 7q21 region, and may therefore be involved in the development or progression of HCCs.

Hayward BE, De Vos M, Talati N, et al.
Genetic and epigenetic analysis of recurrent hydatidiform mole.
Hum Mutat. 2009; 30(5):E629-39 [PubMed] Related Publications
Familial biparental hydatidiform mole (FBHM) is a maternal-effect autosomal recessive disorder in which recurrent pregnancy failure with molar degeneration occurs. The phenotype mimics molar pregnancy due to androgenesis, despite the normal genetic makeup of the conceptus. FBHM appears to result from a failure to establish correct maternal epigenetic identity at imprinted loci during oogenesis. Several women affected with FBHM have previously been shown to have biallelic mutations in the NLRP7 gene (NALP7). Here, we present the results of epigenetic and mutational analysis on FBHM patients from 11 families, 10 of them novel. We demonstrate a methylation defect at imprinted loci in tissue from four new FBHM cases. Biallelic NLRP7 mutations, including eight previously undescribed mutations, were found in all but one family. These results indicate for the first time that maternal imprints at some loci may be correctly specified in FBHM conceptions, since differential methylation of SGCE/PEG10 was preserved in all four cases.

Wang C, Xiao Y, Hu Z, et al.
PEG10 directly regulated by E2Fs might have a role in the development of hepatocellular carcinoma.
FEBS Lett. 2008; 582(18):2793-8 [PubMed] Related Publications
PEG10 is an imprinted gene which is up-regulated in hepatocelluar carcinoma (HCC). However, the mechanism of PEG10 regulation remains to be elucidated. In this work the transcription factors E2F-1 and -4 were demonstrated to bind directly to the promoter of PEG10 and thereby regulate its expression. The expression profile of HCC tissues also suggested E2Fs were involved in PEG10 regulation. Further functional analysis showed that PEG10 was involved in the repression of apoptosis induced by serum deprivation and chemotherapeutic drugs. These findings link cancer genetics and epigenetics by showing that E2F acts directly upstream of an anti-apoptosis imprinted gene, PEG10.

Wang J, Tai LS, Tzang CH, et al.
1p31, 7q21 and 18q21 chromosomal aberrations and candidate genes in acquired vinblastine resistance of human cervical carcinoma KB cells.
Oncol Rep. 2008; 19(5):1155-64 [PubMed] Related Publications
Vinblastine (VBL) is used to treat certain kinds of cancer including Hodgkin's lymphoma, lung cancer, breast cancer, testicular cancer and cervical carcinoma. However, the rapid development of resistance during therapy remains a major clinical challenge. In order to reverse cancer cell resistance, the goal of this study was to find differentially expressed genes and chromosomal alterations in multidrug resistant (MDR) KB-v1 cells, further to probe the relationship between drug resistance and differential genes, and chromosomal changes in MDR cancer cells. Comparative genomic hybridization (CGH) analysis of MDR KB-v1 and their parental KB-3-1 cells revealed chromosomal changes; microarray-based expression profiling was carried out by comparing the gene expressions of MDR KB-v1 cells and KB-3-1 cells. We have identified 3 chromosomal gains in regions of 1p31, 7q21 and 18q21 in MDR cells and 10 genes (CYR61, UGTREL7, MBD1, NARS, ATP5A1, ABCB1, ABCB4, PEG10, MCM7, SERPINE1) contained in these regions were also up-regulated in MDR KB-v1 cells. Forty-nine genes were down-regulated when KB-v1 cells were subjected to lower dose or depletion of the drug. We have confirmed some gene expression changes by reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction and Northern blots. These are the first data describing the relationship of 1p31 and 18q21 chromosomal aberrations and candidate genes in acquired vinblastine-resistance. This study also demonstrates that the combination of CGH and cDNA microarray is a very useful tool to detect drug resistant targets in cancer treatment.

Kim KP, Thurston A, Mummery C, et al.
Gene-specific vulnerability to imprinting variability in human embryonic stem cell lines.
Genome Res. 2007; 17(12):1731-42 [PubMed] Free Access to Full Article Related Publications
Disregulation of imprinted genes can be associated with tumorigenesis and altered cell differentiation capacity and so could provide adverse outcomes for stem cell applications. Although the maintenance of mouse and primate embryonic stem cells in a pluripotent state has been reported to disrupt the monoallelic expression of several imprinted genes, available data have suggested relatively higher imprint stability in the human equivalents. Identification of 202 heterozygous loci allowed us to examine the allelic expression of 22 imprinted genes in 22 human embryonic stem cell lines. Half of the genes examined (IPW, H19, MEG3, MEST isoforms 1 and 2, PEG10, MESTIT1, NESP55, ATP10A, PHLDA2, IGF2) showed variable allelic expression between lines, indicating vulnerability to disrupted imprinting. However, seven genes showed consistent monoallelic expression (NDN, MAGEL2, SNRPN, PEG3, KCNQ1, KCNQ1OT1, CDKN1C). Furthermore, four genes known to be monoallelic or to exhibit polymorphic imprinting in later-developing human tissues (TP73, IGF2R, WT1, SLC22A18) were always biallelic in hESCs. MEST isoform 1, PEG10, and NESP55 showed an association between the variability observed in interline allelic expression status and the DNA methylation of previously identified regulatory regions. Our results demonstrate gene-specific differences in the stability of imprinted loci in human embryonic stem cells and identify disrupted DNA methylation as one potential mechanism. We conclude the prudence of including comprehensive imprinting analysis in the continued characterization of human embryonic stem cell lines.

Wang X, Yuling H, Yanping J, et al.
CCL19 and CXCL13 synergistically regulate interaction between B cell acute lymphocytic leukemia CD23+CD5+ B Cells and CD8+ T cells.
J Immunol. 2007; 179(5):2880-8 [PubMed] Related Publications
Interacting with T cells, cytokine-producing B cells play a critical protective role in autoimmune diseases. However, the interaction between malignant B and T cells remains to be fully elucidated. In a previous study, we have reported that ligation of CCL19-CCR7 and CXCL13-CXCR5 activates paternally expressed gene 10 (PEG10), resulting in an enhancement of apoptotic resistance in B-cell acute lymphocytic leukemia (B-ALL) CD23+CD5+ B cells. Here, we report that B-ALL CD23+CD5+ B cells produce IL-10 at high level, which can be further elevated by costimulation with CCL19 and CXCL13. CCL19/CXCL13-activated B-ALL CD23+CD5+ B cells, in turn, increase IL-10 expression in syngeneic CD8+ T cells in a B cell-derived IL-10-dependent manner and requiring a cell-cell contact. IL-10 secreted from B-ALL CD23+CD5+ B cells in vitro impairs tumor-specific CTL responses of syngeneic CD8+ T cells. The impairment of cytotoxicity of syngeneic CD8+ T cells is escalated by means of CCL19/CXCL13-induced up-regulation of IL-10 from B-ALL CD23+CD5+ B cells. Moreover, using a short hairpin RNA to knockdown PEG10, we provide direct evidence that increased expression of PEG10 in B-ALL CD23+CD5+ B cells is involved in malignant B-T cell interaction, contributing to the up-regulation of IL-10 expression, as well as to the impairment of cytotoxicity of syngeneic CD8+ T cells. Thus, malignant B-ALL CD23+CD5+ B cells play an immunoregulatory role in controlling different inflammatory cytokine expressions. IL-10 may be one of the critical cellular factors conferring B-ALL CD23+CD5+ B cells to escape from host immune surveillance.

Kainz B, Shehata M, Bilban M, et al.
Overexpression of the paternally expressed gene 10 (PEG10) from the imprinted locus on chromosome 7q21 in high-risk B-cell chronic lymphocytic leukemia.
Int J Cancer. 2007; 121(9):1984-93 [PubMed] Related Publications
We report high expression of the maternally imprinted gene PEG10 in high-risk B-CLL defined by high LPL mRNA expression. Differential expression was initially identified by microarray analysis and confirmed by real time PCR in 42 B-CLL patients. mRNA expression ranged from 0.3- to 375.4-fold compared to normal peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMNC). Expression levels in CD19+ B-CLL cells were 100-fold higher than in B-cells from healthy donors. PEG10 expression levels in B-CLL patient samples remained stable over time even after chemotherapy. High PEG10 expression correlated with high LPL expression (p=0.001) and a positive Coombs' test (p=0.04). Interestingly, similar expression patterns were observed for the neighbouring imprinted gene sarcoglycan-epsilon (SGCE). Monoallelic expression and maintained imprinting of PEG10 were found by allele- or methylation-specific PCR. The intensity of intracellular staining of PEG10 protein corresponded to mRNA levels as confirmed by immunofluorescence staining. Short term knock-down of PEG10 in B-CLL cells and HepG2 cells was not associated with changes in cell survival but resulted in a significant change in the expression of 80 genes. However, long term inhibition of PEG10 led to induction of apoptosis in B-CLL cells. Our data indicate (i) a prognostic value of PEG10 in B-CLL patients; (ii) specific deregulation of the imprinted locus at 7q21 in high-risk B-CLL; (iii) a potential functional and biological role of PEG10 protein expression. Altogether, PEG10 represents a novel marker in B-CLL.

Pang EY, Bai AH, To KF, et al.
Identification of PFTAIRE protein kinase 1, a novel cell division cycle-2 related gene, in the motile phenotype of hepatocellular carcinoma cells.
Hepatology. 2007; 46(2):436-45 [PubMed] Related Publications
UNLABELLED: Metastasis is a major cause of cancer morbidity and mortality in individuals with hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), yet little is known about the underlying molecular basis. Using genetic information derived from chromosome-based comparative genomic hybridization, we have reported previously on regional chromosome 7q21-q22 gains in close association with HCC progression. In this study, we undertook cDNA microarray-based comparative genomic hybridization, to examine the 7q21-q22 region for the involved gene(s) in HCC. High-resolution mapping analysis highlighted 7 candidates, namely PFTAIRE protein kinase 1 (PFTK1), ODAG, CDK6, CAS1, PEX1, SLC25A, and PEG10, within the region. Quantitative reverse transcription (RT)-PCR evaluation further indicated upregulation of a single candidate gene, PFTK1, that correlated significantly with both advanced metastatic HCCs (P = 0.032) and tumor microvascular invasion (P = 0.012). Given that little is known about the function(s) of PFTK1, which is a novel cell division cycle (Cdc)2-related gene, we examined its potential role in the motile phenotype of HCC cells by both ectopic expression and knockdown investigations. RNA-interference knockdown of PFTK1 in invasive Hep3B cells resulted in a significant reduction in cell invasion, chemotactic migration, and cell motility (P < 0.001). Conversely, ectopic expression of PFTK1 in noninvasive HKCI-C3 cells induced substantial cellular invasion and migration (P < or = 0.007). In neither cell line was there any effect on cell viability. Immunofluorescence showed marked filamentous actin polymerizations in PFTK1-expressing cells.
CONCLUSION: In this study, we have thus provided preliminary evidence that overexpression of PFTK1 may confer a motile phenotype in malignant hepatocytes that accounts for the association of upregulation of this gene in metastatic HCC.

Jie X, Lang C, Jian Q, et al.
Androgen activates PEG10 to promote carcinogenesis in hepatic cancer cells.
Oncogene. 2007; 26(39):5741-51 [PubMed] Related Publications
The molecular mechanism of striking higher prevalence of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) in male subjects has not yet been fully elucidated. Here, we report that androgen receptor (AR) is differentially expressed in different HCC cell lines. AR agonist dihydrotestosterone (DHT) enhances HCC cell growth and apoptotic resistance. Antagonist flutamide (FLU) blocks the effects of DHT on the HCC cell lines. Paternally expressed gene 10 (PEG10) is expressed in HCC cell lines at substantial high level. Using small interfering RNAs against AR and PEG10 in AR- and PEG10-expressing BEL-7404 hepatoma cells and HuH7 hepatoma cells (HuH7) cells, and AR-transfection technique in AR-lacking and PEG10-expressing HepG2 cells, we have confirmed that through upregulation and activation of PEG10, DHT enhances HCC cell growth and apoptotic resistance. We have further demonstrated that DHT upregulates expression of human telomerase reverse transcriptase (hTERT) in HCC cell lines in a PEG10-dependent manner. Moreover, AR directly interacts in vivo with androgen-responsive elements in the regions of promoter and exon 2 of PEG10 gene in HCC cell lines. DHT promotes the hepatoma formation in vivo nude mice through PEG10 activation. AR antagonists (FLU and valproate) inhibit the hepatoma formation. These findings suggest that PEG10 plays an essential role in hepatocarcinogenesis. The PEG10 inhibition can be a novel approach for therapy of HCC.

Jia HL, Ye QH, Qin LX, et al.
Gene expression profiling reveals potential biomarkers of human hepatocellular carcinoma.
Clin Cancer Res. 2007; 13(4):1133-9 [PubMed] Related Publications
PURPOSE: Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), a common cancer worldwide, has a dismal outcome partly due to the poor identification of early-stage HCC. Currently, one third of HCC patients present with low serum alpha-fetoprotein (AFP) levels, the only clinically available diagnostic marker for HCC. The aim of this study was to identify new diagnostic molecular markers for HCC, especially for individuals with low serum AFP.
EXPERIMENTAL DESIGN: We used the microarray technique to determine the expression profiles of 218 HCC specimens from patients with either high or low serum AFP. From the microarray study, we selected five candidate genes (i.e., GPC3, PEG10, MDK, SERPINI1, and QP-C), which were overexpressed in HCCs. Using quantitative real-time PCR analyses, we validated the expression of these five genes in 50 AFP-normal and 8 AFP-positive HCC specimens and 36 cirrhotic noncancerous hepatic specimens, which include 52 independent specimens not used in microarray analysis.
RESULTS: A significant increase in the expression of the five candidate genes could be detected in most of the HCC samples, including those with normal serum AFP and small tumors. GPC3, MDK, and SERPINI1 encode known serum proteins. Consistently, a significant increase in serum midkine, encoded by MDK, was associated with HCC patients, including those with normal serum AFP. Using prediction analysis of microarray, we showed that a combined score of these five genes can accurately classify noncancerous hepatic tissues (100%) and HCC (71%).
CONCLUSIONS: We suggest that a diagnostic signature approach using a combined score of these five biomarkers rather than a single marker may improve the prediction accuracy of HCC patients, including those with normal serum AFP and smaller-sized tumors.

Yoshibayashi H, Okabe H, Satoh S, et al.
SIAH1 causes growth arrest and apoptosis in hepatoma cells through beta-catenin degradation-dependent and -independent mechanisms.
Oncol Rep. 2007; 17(3):549-56 [PubMed] Related Publications
We have previously shown that expression of SIAH1 is frequently down-regulated in HCCs and associated with their advanced stages. It has been shown that SIAH1 functions in the phosphorylation-independent degradation of beta-catenin and induces apoptosis and growth arrest. To examine if the effects of SIAH1 overexpression depend on the altered beta-catenin signaling pathway, we transferred the SIAH1 gene into three hepatoma cell lines with different genetic backgrounds: HepG2 (mutant beta-catenin), SNU475 (mutant AXIN1), and Huh7 cells (wild type beta-catenin and AXIN1). SIAH1 significantly decreased aberrant beta-catenin signal in HepG2 and SNU475 cells and induced growth arrest and apoptosis. However, SIAH1 also induced apoptosis in Huh7 cells, which retained a normal membranous distribution pattern of beta-catenin. Immunoblotting study demonstrated that SIAH1 also reduces the amount of PEG10 protein, which is known to be frequently overexpressed in HCC and to promote cell proliferation. These data suggest that PEG10 is another target protein of SIAH1 to induce apoptosis in hepatoma cells. Our results should lead to a better understanding of the relationship between deregulation of beta-catenin signals and hepatocarcinogenesis. Further investigations into the mechanisms by which SIAH1 promotes apoptosis and suppresses cell growth should also allow for the discovery of new therapeutic strategies.

Ip WK, Lai PB, Wong NL, et al.
Identification of PEG10 as a progression related biomarker for hepatocellular carcinoma.
Cancer Lett. 2007; 250(2):284-91 [PubMed] Related Publications
Widespread DNA copy number alterations are well recognized in hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), although the affected genes expression remained largely undefined. In this study, we performed genome-wide analysis on HCC to examine the relationship between gene copy number and corresponding transcriptional changes. To ensure analysis on a homogenous population of tumor cells, integrative analysis of array-based CGH and expression profilings was performed on 20 HCC cell lines using a 19,200-element cDNA microarray platform. Further validation studies were carried out on a large series of primary HCC tumors and paired adjacent non-malignant liver to ascertain finding. Correlative analyses highlighted 31 candidate genes that manifested both copy gains and gene up-regulations (R2>0.5; p<0.05). Of interest was over-expressed paternally expressed 10 (PEG10) resided within the chromosome region 7q21 that has been implicated in the progression of HCC. Quantitative PCR and qRT-PCR studies verified concurrent genomic gains and over-expression of PEG10 in HCC cell lines and primary tumors (34/40 cases; 85%). In addition, qRT-PCR demonstrated a significant progressive trend of increasing PEG10 expressions from the putative pre-malignant adjacent livers to early resectable HCC tumors, and to late inoperable HCCs (p=0.007). In summary, the present study demonstrated the usefulness of integrated genomic and expression profilings in identifying candidate genes within regions of genomic alteration. Our results also suggested that PEG10 may be a potential biomarker in the progressive development of HCC, and that genomic gain represents one of the major mechanisms in the induction of PEG10 over-expressions.

Chunsong H, Yuling H, Li W, et al.
CXC chemokine ligand 13 and CC chemokine ligand 19 cooperatively render resistance to apoptosis in B cell lineage acute and chronic lymphocytic leukemia CD23+CD5+ B cells.
J Immunol. 2006; 177(10):6713-22 [PubMed] Related Publications
CXCL13/CXCR5 and CCL19/CCR7 play a quite important role in normal physiological conditions, but the functions of both chemokine/receptor pairs in pathophysiological events are not well-investigated. We have investigated expression and functions of CXCL13/CXCR5 and CCL19/CCR7 in CD23+CD5+ and CD23+CD5- B cells from cord blood (CB) and patients with B cell lineage acute or chronic lymphocytic leukemia (B-ALL or B-CLL). CXCR5 and CCR7 are selectively expressed on B-ALL, B-CLL, and CB CD23+CD5+ B cells at high frequency, but not on CD23+CD5- B cells. Although no significant chemotactic responsiveness was observed, CXCL13 and CCL19 cooperatively induce significant resistance to TNF-alpha-mediated apoptosis in B-ALL and B-CLL CD23+CD5+ B cells, but not in the cells from CB. B-ALL and B-CLL CD23+CD5+ B cells express elevated levels of paternally expressed gene 10 (PEG10). CXCL13 and CCL19 together significantly up-regulate PEG10 expression in the same cells. We have found that CXCL13 and CCL19 together by means of activation of CXCR5 and CCR7 up-regulate PEG10 expression and function, subsequently stabilize caspase-3 and caspase-8 in B-ALL and B-CLL CD23+CD5+ B cells, and further rescue the cells from TNF-alpha-mediated apoptosis. Therefore, we suggest that normal lymphocytes, especially naive B and T cells, use CXCL13/CXCR5 and CCL19/CCR7 for migration, homing, maturation, and cell homeostasis as well as secondary lymphoid tissues organogenesis. In addition, certain malignant cells take advantages of CXCL13/CXCR5 and CCL19/CCR7 for infiltration, resistance to apoptosis, and inappropriate proliferation.

Luo JH, Ren B, Keryanov S, et al.
Transcriptomic and genomic analysis of human hepatocellular carcinomas and hepatoblastomas.
Hepatology. 2006; 44(4):1012-24 [PubMed] Free Access to Full Article Related Publications
This study analyzed gene expression patterns and global genomic alterations in hepatocellular carcinomas (HCC), hepatoblastomas (HPBL), tissue adjacent to HCC and normal liver tissue derived from normal livers and hepatic resections. We found that HCC and adjacent non-neoplastic cirrhotic tissue have considerable overlap in gene expression patterns compared to normal liver. Several genes including Glypican 3, spondin-2, PEG10, EDIL3 and Osteopontin are over-expressed in HCC vs. adjacent tissue whereas Ficolin 3 is the most consistently under-expressed gene. HCC can be subdivided into three clusters based on gene expression patterns. HCC and HPBL have clearly different patterns of gene expression, with genes IGF2, Fibronectin, DLK1, TGFb1, MALAT1 and MIG6 being over-expressed in HPBL versus HCC. In addition, specific areas of the genome appear unstable in HCC, with the same regions undergoing either deletion or increased gene dosage in all HCC. In conclusion, a set of specific genes and areas of genomic instability are found across the board in liver neoplasia.

Dekel B, Metsuyanim S, Schmidt-Ott KM, et al.
Multiple imprinted and stemness genes provide a link between normal and tumor progenitor cells of the developing human kidney.
Cancer Res. 2006; 66(12):6040-9 [PubMed] Related Publications
Wilms' tumor (WT), the embryonic kidney malignancy, is suggested to evolve from a progenitor cell population of uninduced metanephric blastema, which typically gives rise to nephrons. However, apart from blastema, WT specimens frequently contain cells that have differentiated into renal tubular or stromal phenotypes, complicating their analysis. We aimed to define tumor-progenitor genes that function in normal kidney development using WT xenografts (WISH-WT), in which the blastema accumulates with serial passages at the expense of differentiated cells. Herein, we did transcriptional profiling using oligonucleotide microarrays of WISH-WT, WT source, human fetal and adult kidneys, and primary and metastatic renal cell carcinoma. Among the most significantly up-regulated genes in WISH-WT, we identified a surprising number of paternally expressed genes (PEG1/MEST, PEG3, PEG5/NNAT, PEG10, IGF2, and DLK1), as well as Meis homeobox genes [myeloid ecotropic viral integration site 1 homologue 1 (MEIS1) and MEIS2], which suppress cell differentiation and maintain self-renewal. A comparison between independent WISH-WT and WT samples by real-time PCR showed most of these genes to be highly overexpressed in the xenografts. Concomitantly, they were significantly induced in human fetal kidneys, strictly developmentally regulated throughout mouse nephrogenesis and overexpressed in the normal rat metanephric blastema. Furthermore, in vitro differentiation of the uninduced blastema leads to rapid down-regulation of PEG3, DLK1, and MEIS1. Interestingly, ischemic/reperfusion injury to adult mouse kidneys reinduced the expression of PEG3, PEG10, DLK1, and MEIS1, hence simulating embryogenesis. Thus, multiple imprinted and stemness genes that function to expand the renal progenitor cell population may lead to evolution and maintenance of WT.

Huang J, Sheng HH, Shen T, et al.
Correlation between genomic DNA copy number alterations and transcriptional expression in hepatitis B virus-associated hepatocellular carcinoma.
FEBS Lett. 2006; 580(15):3571-81 [PubMed] Related Publications
Human hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) is one of the most common tumors worldwide, in which the genetic mechanisms of oncogenesis are still unclear. To investigate whether the genomic DNA copy number alterations may contribute to primary HCC, the cDNA microarray-based comparative genomic hybridization (CGH) analysis was here performed in 41 primary HCC infected by hepatitis B virus and 12 HCC cell lines. The resulting data showed that, on average, 7.25% of genome-wide DNA copy numbers was significantly altered in those samples (4.61+/-2.49% gained and 2.64+/-1.78% lost). Gains involving 1q, 6p, 8q and 9p were frequently observed in these cases; and whilst, losses involving Ip, 16q and 19p occurred in most patients. To address the correlation between the alteration of genomic DNA copy numbers and transcriptional expression, the same cDNA microarray was further applied in 20 HCC specimens and all available cell lines to figure out the gene expression profiles of those samples. Interestingly, the genomic DNA copy number alterations of most genes appeared not to be in generally parallel with the corresponding transcriptional expression. However, the transcriptional deregulation of a few genes, such as osteopontin (SPP1), transgelin 2 (TAGLN2) and PEG10, could be ascribed partially to their genomic aberrations, although the many alternative mechanisms could be involved in the deregulation of these genes. In general, this work would provide new insights into the genetic mechanisms in hepatocarcinogenesis associated with hepatitis B virus through the comprehensive survey on correlation between genomic DNA copy number alterations and transcriptional expression.

Li CM, Margolin AA, Salas M, et al.
PEG10 is a c-MYC target gene in cancer cells.
Cancer Res. 2006; 66(2):665-72 [PubMed] Related Publications
The product of the imprinted gene paternally expressed gene-10 (PEG10) has been reported to support proliferation in hepatocellular carcinomas, but how this gene is regulated has been an open question. We find that MYC knockdown by RNA interference suppresses PEG10 expression in Panc1 pancreatic carcinoma and HepG2 hepatocellular carcinoma cells and that knockdown of PEG10 inhibits the proliferation of Panc1, HepG2, and Hep3B cells. Conversely, PEG10 was up-regulated by inducing c-MYC expression in a B-lymphocyte cell line. Chromatin immunoprecipitation from Panc1 cells showed c-MYC bound to an E-box-containing region in the PEG10 first intron and site-directed mutagenesis showed that the most proximal E-box is essential for promoter activity. In a mouse mammary tumor virus (MMTV)-MYC transgenic mouse model of breast cancer, most but not all of the mammary carcinomas had strongly increased Peg10 mRNA compared with normal mammary gland. By immunohistochemistry, normal human breast and prostate epithelium was negative for the major isoform [reading frame-1 (RF1)] of PEG10 protein, but this cytoplasmic protein was strongly expressed in a subset of breast carcinomas in situ and invasive ductal carcinomas ( approximately 30%) and in a similar percentage of prostate cancers. As in the mouse model, we found positive, but not absolute, correlations between PEG10 and c-MYC in tissue arrays containing 161 human breast cancers (P < 0.002) and 30 prostate cancers (P = 0.014). Immunostaining of human placenta showed PEG10 and c-MYC proteins coexpressed in proliferating cytotrophoblast and coordinately lost in postmitotic syncytiotrophoblast. These findings link cancer genetics and epigenetics by showing that a classic proto-oncogene, MYC, acts directly upstream of a proliferation-positive imprinted gene, PEG10.

Hu C, Xiong J, Zhang L, et al.
PEG10 activation by co-stimulation of CXCR5 and CCR7 essentially contributes to resistance to apoptosis in CD19+CD34+ B cells from patients with B cell lineage acute and chronic lymphocytic leukemia.
Cell Mol Immunol. 2004; 1(4):280-94 [PubMed] Related Publications
We investigated CD19+CD34+ and CD19+CD34- B cells from cord blood (CB) and typical patients with B cell lineage acute and chronic lymphocytic leukemia (B-ALL and B-CLL) in terms of expression and functions of CXCR5/CXCL13 and CCR7/CCL19. CXCR5 and CCR7 were selectively frequent expressed on B-ALL, B-CLL and CB CD19+CD34+ B cells, but not on CD19+CD34- B cells. Instead of induction of impressive chemotactic responsiveness, CXCL13 and CCL19 together induced significant resistance to TNF-alpha-mediated apoptosis in B-ALL and B-CLL but not CB CD19+CD34+ B cells. B-ALL and B-CLL CD19+CD34+ B cells expressed elevated level of Paternally Expressed Gene 10 (PEG10), and CXCL13 and CCL19 together significantly up-regulated PEG10 expression in the cells. We found that CXCL13 and CCL19 together by means of activation of CXCR5 and CCR7 up-regulated PEG10 expression and function, subsequent stabilized caspase-3 and caspase-8 in B-ALL and B-CLL CD19+CD34+ B cells, and rescued the cells from TNF-alpha-mediated apoptosis. We suggested that normal lymphocytes, especially naive B and T cells, utilized CXCR5/CXCL13 and CCR7/CCL19 for migration, homing, maturation, and cell homeostasis as well as secondary lymphoid tissues organogenesis. Meanwhile certain malignant cells took advantages of CXCR5/CXCL13 and CCR7/CCL19 for infiltration, resistance to apoptosis, and inappropriate proliferation.

Brock JE, Perez-Atayde AR, Kozakewich HP, et al.
Cytogenetic aberrations in perineurioma: variation with subtype.
Am J Surg Pathol. 2005; 29(9):1164-9 [PubMed] Related Publications
Only two karyotypes of perineurioma have previously been reported, 46XX,del(10)(q22q24),der(10),del(22)(q11-12q?)/47, idem,+der(10) (in a sclerosing perineurioma of the finger) and 45,XX,add(14)(p13),-22,add(22)(q11.2) (in an intraneural perineurioma). We investigated the clinicopathologic and cytogenetic findings in four consecutive perineuriomas in children, including two small (< or =1 cm) digital sclerosing perineuriomas, a 2-cm intraneural perineurioma, and a 16-cm abdominal soft tissue perineurioma. All lesions showed plump perineurial cells in a complex whorled configuration. Immunohistochemical (strong EMA immunostaining in all cases) and ultrastructural (in three of three lesions examined) evidence of perineurial differentiation was present. The sclerosing perineuriomas showed 46,XY,t(2;10)(p23;q24) and 47,XX,add(3)(q23),add(6)(q21),-5,-9,-10,-22,+mar1,+mar2,+mars; the intraneural tumor showed 46,XX,add(2)(q11.2),add(3)(q12); and the abdominal soft tissue perineurioma showed 46,XX,t(8;9)(q13;q22). Metaphase FISH analysis for an ALK gene rearrangement in the sclerosing perineurioma with t(2;10) was negative; the ALK signal remained on the der(2). We conclude that perineuriomas display mostly simple karyotypes, characterized by one or few chromosomal rearrangements or numerical changes. In conjunction with the previously published sclerosing perineurioma karyotypes, the findings of chromosome 10 aberrations, t(2;10)(p23;q24) and monosomy 10 in two sclerosing perineuriomas, indicate that rearrangements and/or deletions of 10q are a consistent finding in this variant of perineurioma. The findings also expand previous assertions that chromosome 22 abnormalities are pathogenetic in perineurioma and suggest that diverse genetic tumorigenic mechanisms may exist, possibly depending on the subtype.

Dörmer P, Spitzer E, Frankenberger M, Kremmer E
Erythroid differentiation regulator (EDR), a novel, highly conserved factor I. Induction of haemoglobin synthesis in erythroleukaemic cells.
Cytokine. 2004; 26(6):231-42 [PubMed] Related Publications
In serum-free WEHI-3 supernatants an activity was detected inducing haemoglobin synthesis in human and murine erythroleukaemia cell lines. The absolute numbers of benzidine-positive cells induced with either DMSO or WEHI-3-conditioned medium were comparable. Terminal differentiation was not observed. An expression library from WEHI-3 RNA aided by PCR cloning revealed an open reading frame corresponding to a 209 amino acid protein. This was 100% identical to a sequence from human stimulated peripheral blood mononuclear cells. In contrast to human RNA, mouse RNA exhibited multiple bands of pre-mRNA in Northern blots. The gene was provisionally termed erythroid differentiation regulator (edr). In mammalian cells EDR is mostly expressed as a 56 kDa dimer showing higher activity than the recombinant monomer. The activity profile is bell-shaped. Expression was observed in many normal mouse tissues, yet in haematopoiesis it was largely confined to CD34+ cells. It was enhanced by a series of stimuli such as phorbol ester, and transformed cells generally showed a higher level of EDR expression than normal ones. The protein is localized at the inner side of the cytoplasmic membrane and is released in part via vesicles. In view of the broad range of EDR-expressing tissues the function obviously exceeds haemoglobin synthesis induction. Involvement in cell survival and growth control has been observed and will be dealt with in detail elsewhere.

Matsuo Y, Drexler HG, Harashima A, et al.
A novel ALL-L3 cell line, BALM-25, expressing both immunoglobulin light chains.
Leuk Lymphoma. 2004; 45(3):575-81 [PubMed] Related Publications
A human acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL)-derived cell line, BALM-25, was established from the bone marrow specimen of a 59-year-old male patient with B-cell ALL L3 type (ALL-L3) at diagnosis. Immunophenotyping indicated mature B-cell characteristics including expression of cell surface and cytoplasmic immunoglobulin (Ig) chains, CD10, CD19, CD20, CD38, CD39, CD40, CD71, NU-B1 and HLA class II. T-cell and myeloid associated antigens tested were negative except CD5. BALM-25 cells have a morphological appearance typical for L3-type lymphoblasts. Regarding the expression of Ig chains, while the original leukemia cells expressed Ig lambda delta mu and hence a single light (L) chain isotype, the established line revealed double L chain expression both at the cell surface and the cytoplasmic level. Definitive double L chain expression was confirmed by flow cytometry and Western blot analysis. Southern blot analysis demonstrated rearrangement of the IgJH, the Ckappa and the Clambda genes. Cytogenetic analysis of BALM-25 revealed the following numerical and structural abnormalities: 55, X, add(X)(q12), + 2, add(3)(p21), + 5, add(7)(p13), add(11)(p11.2), add(11)(q?23), add(12)(p11.2), add(14)(q22), - 15, + 16, + 16,add(18)(11.2), + 20, + marl, + mar2, + mar3, + mar,inc. The established cell line, BALM-25, provides an unlimited supply of cell material for analyzing the unique (patho)physiology of Ig expression in general and for clarifying the pathogenesis of this type of B-cell malignancy in particular.

Tsou AP, Chuang YC, Su JY, et al.
Overexpression of a novel imprinted gene, PEG10, in human hepatocellular carcinoma and in regenerating mouse livers.
J Biomed Sci. 2003; 10(6 Pt 1):625-35 [PubMed] Related Publications
Many of the promising applications of the microarray technology are pertinent to identifying abnormalities in gene expression that contribute to malignant progression. We developed a bioinformatics tool to identify differentially expressed genes in human hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). This involved the construction of a liver EST database ( and in silico verification of differentially expressed genes with a human hepatoma microarray database. The stringency of the search was reinforced with a statistical analysis. A novel imprinted gene, paternally expressed 10(PEG10) was identified as having an elevated level of expression in the majority of the HCC samples and was also induced to express during G2/M phase of regenerating mouse liver. Ectopic expression of PEG10 in 293T cells affects cell cycle progression. PEG10 is distributed in the cytosol and associates with the nuclear membrane. This is the first time that an imprinted gene has been found to reexpress in both human HCC and in the regenerating mouse liver. This result indicates that the induction of the paternally imprinted gene may play an important role during liver regeneration or carcinogenesis of the human hepatocyte. Understanding the molecular basis of the abnormal imprinting of PEG10 will shed new light on the process that leads to liver disease.

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