Navigation Links
AACR news: Six2 homeoprotein allows breast cancer cells to detach and metastasize
Date:4/9/2013

In results presented at the AACR Annual Meeting 2013, researchers from the University of Colorado Cancer Center show that the Six2 homeoprotein, while not involved in primary tumor growth, allows cells to detach from substrate and survive their transition through the bloodstream to faraway sites of metastasis.

"Here we show for the first time that Six2 causes breast cancer progression. It's this metastasis, especially to the lung, that can eventually be deadly and so perhaps even more so than affecting the size of the primary tumor, we are especially excited to present this new information about metastasis," says first author Chu-An Wang, PhD, postdoc in the lab of CU Cancer Center investigator Heide Ford, PhD, the paper's senior author.

The Six2 gene codes for a transcription factor that regulates cell growth needed in developing kidney tissues, but then silenced in the healthy, adult body. Some breast cancer cells have discovered a way to reactivate this Six2 gene, which allows them to survive detachment from their tissue of origin and the programmed cell death known as anoikis that makes most wandering cells self-destruct.

Wang and colleagues knocked down Six2 expression in breast cancer cells and showed that the cells' ability to metastasize in mouse models was much reduced. Interestingly, Six2 knockdown did nothing for the cells' ability to grow at the site of origin. Corroborating the claim of Six2's role in metastasis is its correlation with poor prognosis in human breast cancer tissues of 1881 samples examined from the GOBO database, the breast cancer tissues higher in Six2 were simply more aggressively metastatic.

"We're now working to discover Six2's target genes," Wang says. "For example, we hypothesize an effect on the expression of E-Cadherin, whose loss has been implicated in the metastatic potential of many cancers."


'/>"/>

Contact: Garth Sundem
garth.sundem@ucdenver.edu
805-559-2023
University of Colorado Denver
Source:Eurekalert

Page: 1

Related biology news :

1. AACR news: Paragazole excels in preclinical models of triple-negative breast cancer
2. REACH news: European ombudsman takes up PETA complaint
3. Good news: Fewer maternal and child deaths
4. More accurate, sensitive DNA test allows early identification of fungus causing WNS
5. Novel storage mechanism allows command, control of memory
6. A Spanish breakthrough allows the electroporation of cell cultures for less than 1 Euro
7. Long menopause allows killer whales to care for adult sons
8. How the cell swallows
9. Robot vision: Muscle-like action allows camera to mimic human eye movement
10. Not-so-precious: Stripping gold from AFM probes allows better measurement of picoscale forces
11. New technique allows simulation of noncrystalline materials
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:3/17/2016)... 2016 ABI Research, the leader in ... biometrics market will reach more than $30 billion ... 2015. Consumer electronics, particularly smartphones, continue to boost ... to reach two billion shipments by 2021 at ... , Research Analyst at ABI Research. "Surveillance is ...
(Date:3/14/2016)... http://www.apimages.com ) - ... - Renvoi : image disponible via AP Images ( ... --> DERMALOG, le leader de l,innovation ... d,empreintes digitales pour l,enregistrement des réfugiés en Allemagne. ... produire des cartes d,identité aux réfugiés. DERMALOG dévoilera ...
(Date:3/10/2016)...   Unisys Corporation (NYSE: UIS ) today ... is testing its biometric identity solution at the Otay Mesa ... help identify certain non-U.S. citizens leaving the country. ... help determine the efficiency and accuracy of using biometric technologies ... run until May 2016. --> the United ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):
(Date:5/27/2016)... ... May 27, 2016 , ... Weeks after hosting a carpal tunnel syndrome ... Fitzmaurice, hand surgeon and founder of the Fitzmaurice Hand Institute, has announced the addition ... is a state-of-the-art technology and only 1 of about 3 currently available in the ...
(Date:5/27/2016)... Jersey and READING, ... -- Indegene ( http://www.indegene.com ), ... marketingorientierten Lösungen für die Life-Science-Branche, Pharmaunternehmen und ... bekannter weltweiter Anbieter von innovativen wissenschaftlichen Support-Services ... des Starts von IntraScience heute den Ausbau ...
(Date:5/26/2016)... ISELIN, New Jersey and ... -- Indegene ( http://www.indegene.com ), a ... solutions to life science, pharmaceutical and healthcare organisations ... provider of innovative scientific support throughout the product ... alliance with the launch of IntraScience. ...
(Date:5/26/2016)... ... May 26, 2016 , ... After several promising treatments in ... the City of Knowledge in Panama, a 6 year-old Duchenne’s muscular dystrophy patient ... this year following FDA approval of a second application for a single patient, ...
Breaking Biology Technology: