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Expression of the SIBLINGs and their MMP partners in human benign and malignant prostate neoplasms

Charles C. Anunobi, Komal Koli, Geetu Saxena, Adekunbiola A. Banjo and Kalu U.E. Ogbureke _

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Oncotarget. 2016; 7:48038-48049. https://doi.org/10.18632/oncotarget.10110

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Charles C. Anunobi1, Komal Koli2, Geetu Saxena2, Adekunbiola A. Banjo1, Kalu U.E. Ogbureke2

1Department of Anatomic and Molecular Pathology, College of Medicine, University of Lagos, Lagos, Nigeria

2Department of Diagnostic and Biomedical Sciences, The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, School of Dentistry, Houston, Texas, U.S.A

Correspondence to:

Kalu U.E. Ogbureke, email: [email protected]

Keywords: SIBLINGs, dentin sialophosphoprotein, prostate cancer, matrix metalloproteinases, SIBLING-MMP interaction

Received: September 29, 2015    Accepted: June 04, 2016    Published: June 16, 2016


The small integrin binding ligands n-linked glycoproteins (SIBLINGs) have emerged as potential diagnostic and prognostic indices, and as key targets, in cancer therapy. Three members of the SIBLING family: bone sialoprotein (BSP); osteopontin (OPN); and dentin matrix protein1 (DMP1), bind and interact with specific matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs): BSP-MMP2; OPN-MMP3; DMP1-MMP9, in biochemical and biologic systems. The other two family members are dentin sialophosphoprotein (DSPP) and matrix extracellular phosphoglycoprotein (MEPE). The specific SIBLING-MMP pairing reported in some cancers have not been reported in prostate neoplasms. In this study, we investigated SIBLING-MMP expression and potential interaction in prostate neoplasms. Chi square analysis of immunohistochemistry results showed significant upregulation of OPN (X2=25.710/p<0.001), BSP (X2=19.546/p<0.001), and DSPP (X2=8.720/p=0.003) in prostate adenocarcinoma (pAdC). MEPE was significantly upregulated in benign prostate hyperplasia (BPH; X2=44.153/p<0.001). There were no significant differences in MMP expression between BPH and pAdC. Western blot analysis showed significantly elevated BSP and DSPP in prostate cancer-derived cells. Immunofluorescence studies confirmed BSP-MMP2, OPN-MMP3, and DMP1-MMP9 coexpression in two cancer-derived cell lines, whereas in situ proximity ligation assays confirmed potential BSP-MMP2, OPN-MMP3, and DMP1-MMP9 interactions in BPH and pAdC. Our reports provide evidence that SIBLING-MMP interaction may play a role in the progression of BPH to pAdC.

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