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SIRT1 promotes metastasis of human osteosarcoma cells

Ning Zhang, Tao Xie, Miao Xian, Yi-Jie Wang, Heng-Yuan Li, Mei-Dan Ying _ and Zhao-Ming Ye

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Oncotarget. 2016; 7:79654-79669. https://doi.org/10.18632/oncotarget.12916

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Ning Zhang1, Tao Xie1, Miao Xian2, Yi-Jie Wang2, Heng-Yuan Li1, Mei-Dan Ying2,*, Zhao-Ming Ye1,*

1Department of Orthopaedics, 2nd Affiliated Hospital, School of Medicine, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, 310009, P.R. China

2Institute of Pharmacology and Toxicology, Zhejiang Province Key Laboratory of Anti-Cancer Drug Research, College of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, 310058, P.R. China

*These authors have contributed equally to this work

Correspondence to:

Mei-Dan Ying, email: remember319@hotmail.com

Zhao-Ming Ye, email: zrorthopaedics@gmail.com

Keywords: osteosarcoma, metastasis, SIRT1, invasion, biomarker

Received: December 29, 2015    Accepted: September 25, 2016    Published: October 26, 2016


Pulmonary metastasis is the leading cause of mortality in patients with osteosarcoma; however, the underlying mechanism remains unclear. The NAD+-dependent deacetylase, sirtuin 1 (SIRT1), has been reported to play a key role in carcinogenesis through deacetylation of important regulatory proteins. Here, we report that SIRT1 promotes osteosarcoma metastasis by regulating the expression of metastatic-associated genes. The SIRT1 protein was significantly upregulated in most primary osteosarcoma tumours, compared with normal tissues, and the SIRT1 expression level may be coupled with metastatic risk in patients with osteosarcoma. Moreover, the results of cell migration and wound-healing assays further suggested that higher expression of SIRT1 promoted invasive activity of osteosarcoma cells. Importantly, downregulating SIRT1 with shRNA inhibited the migration ability of osteosarcoma cells in vitro and suppressed tumour lung metastasis in mice. Finally, a gene expression analysis showed that knockdown of SIRT1 profoundly activated translation of its downstream pathway, particularly at migration and invasion. In summary, high levels of SIRT1 may be a biomarker for a high metastatic rate in osteosarcoma patients; inhibiting SIRT1 could be a potent therapeutic intervention for these patients.

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