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Annexin A4 fucosylation enhances its interaction with the NF-kB p50 and promotes tumor progression of ovarian clear cell carcinoma

Huimin Wang, Lu Deng, Mingbo Cai, Huiyu Zhuang, Liancheng Zhu, Yingying Hao, Jian Gao, Juanjuan Liu, Xiao Li and Bei Lin _

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Oncotarget. 2017; 8:108093-108107. https://doi.org/10.18632/oncotarget.10226

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Huimin Wang1, Lu Deng1, Mingbo Cai1,2, Huiyu Zhuang1,3, Liancheng Zhu1, Yingying Hao1, Jian Gao1, Juanjuan Liu1, Xiao Li1 and Bei Lin1

1Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Shengjing Hospital Affiliated to China Medical University, Shenyang, Liaoning, China

2Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Hospital of Zhengzhou University, Zhengzhou, Henan, China

3Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Beijing Chaoyang Hospital Affiliated to Capital Medical University, Beijing, China

Correspondence to:

Bei Lin, email: [email protected]

Keywords: ovarian clear cell carcinoma; ANXA4; Lewis y antigen; NF-kB p50; biological behavior

Received: January 04, 2016    Accepted: May 12, 2016    Published: June 22, 2016


Objective: To study the structural relationship between annexin A4 and the Lewis y antigen and compare their expression and significance in ovarian clear cell carcinoma, and to explore how annexin A4 fucose glycosylation effects the interaction between annexin A4 and NF-kB p50, and how it promotes tumour progression of ovarian clear cell carcinoma.

Methods: Structural relationships between annexin A4 and Lewis y antigen were detected using immunoprecipitation. Annexin A4 and Lewis y antigen expression in various subtypes of ovarian cancer tissues was detected by immunohistochemistry, and the relation between their expression was examined. Any interactions between annexin A4 and NF-kB p50 in ovarian clear cell carcinoma were detected by co-immunoprecipitation. Then looked for changes in expression of Lewis y antigen, annexin A4, NF-kB p50 and a number of downstream related molecules before and after transfection annexin A4 or FUT1, and also analyzed changes in biological processes.

Results: Lewis y antigen is a part of annexin A4 structure. The expression rate of both annexin A4 and Lewis y antigen was significantly higher in ovarian clear cell carcinoma than in other subtypes of epithelial ovarian cancer, and are associated with the clinical stages, chemotherapy resistance and poor prognostic. The interaction between annexin A4 and NF-kB p50 promoted cell proliferation, adhesion, invasion, metastasis ability and autophagy, and inhibits apoptosis, Lewis y enhanced this interaction.

Conclusion: Annexin A4 contains Lewis y structure, Lewis y antigen modification of annexin A4 enhances its interaction with NF-kB p50, which promotes ovarian clear cell carcinoma malignancy progression.

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