Title: Fumarase tumor suppressor gene and MET oncogene cooperate in upholding transformation and tumorigenesis
Authors: Costa, Barbara
Dettori, Daniela
Lorenzato, Annalisa
Bardella, Chiara
Coltella, Nadia
Martino, Cosimo
Cammarata, Cristina
Carmeliet, Peter
Olivero, Martina
Di Renzo, Maria Flavia # ×
Issue Date: Aug-2010
Publisher: The Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology
Series Title: FASEB Journal vol:24 issue:8 pages:2680-2688
Abstract: Loss of the fumarate hydratase (FH) tumor suppressor gene results in the development of benign tumors that rarely, but regrettably, progress to very aggressive cancers. Using mouse embryo fibroblasts (MEFs) to model transformation, we found that fh knockdown results in increased expression of the met oncogene-encoded tyrosine kinase receptor through hypoxia-inducible factor (hif) stabilization. MET-increased expression was alone able to stabilize hif, thus establishing a feed forward loop that might enforce tumor progression. The fh-defective MEFs showed increased motility and protection from apoptosis. Motility, but not survival, relied on hif-1alpha and was greatly enhanced by MET ligand hepatocyte growth factor. Met cooperated with a weakly oncogenic ras in making MEFs transformed and tumorigenic, as shown by in vitro and in vivo assays. Loss of fh was not equally effective by itself but enhanced the transformed and tumorigenic phenotype induced by ras and MET. Consistently, the rescue of fumarase expression abrogated the motogenic and transformed phenotype of fh-defective MEFs. In conclusion, the data suggest that the progression of tumors where FH is lost might be boosted by activation of the MET oncogene, which is able to drive cell-autonomous tumor progression and is a strong candidate for targeted therapy.-Costa, B., Dettori, D., Lorenzato, A., Bardella, C., Coltella, N., Martino, C., Cammarata, C., Carmeliet, P., Olivero, M., Di Renzo, M. F. Fumarase tumor suppressor gene and MET oncogene cooperate in upholding transformation and tumorigenesis.
ISSN: 0892-6638
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:Laboratory of Angiogenesis and Vascular Metabolism (Vesalius Research Center) (+)
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