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Identification of downstream metastasis-associated target genes regulated by LSD1 in colon cancer cells

Jiang Chen, Jie Ding, Ziwei Wang _, Jian Zhu, Xuejian Wang and Jiyi Du

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Oncotarget. 2017; 8:19609-19630. https://doi.org/10.18632/oncotarget.14778

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Jiang Chen1,*, Jie Ding2,*, Ziwei Wang1, Jian Zhu3, Xuejian Wang3, Jiyi Du4

1Department of Gastrointestinal Surgery, The First Affiliated Hospital of Chongqing Medical University, Chongqing, China

2Department of Gastrointestinal Surgery, Guizhou Provincial People’s Hospital, Guiyang, China

3Department of Mini-invasive Surgery, Guiyang Hospital of Guizhou Aviation Industry Group, Guiyang, China

4Department of Gastrointestinal Surgery, The First People’s Hospital of Guiyang, Guiyang, China

*The first two authors (Jiang Chen and Jie Ding) contributed equally to this work and are considered co-first authors

Correspondence to:

Ziwei Wang, email: [email protected]

Keywords: colon cancer, LSD1, gene expression profiling, target gene, epigenomics

Received: September 16, 2016    Accepted: December 12, 2016    Published: January 21, 2017


Purpose: This study aims to identify downstream target genes regulated by lysine-specific demethylase 1 (LSD1) in colon cancer cells and investigate the molecular mechanisms of LSD1 influencing invasion and metastasis of colon cancer.

Method: We obtained the expression changes of downstream target genes regulated by small-interfering RNA-LSD1 and LSD1-overexpression via gene expression profiling in two human colon cancer cell lines. An Affymetrix Human Transcriptome Array 2.0 was used to identify differentially expressed genes (DEGs). We screened out LSD1-target gene associated with proliferation, metastasis, and invasion from DEGs via Gene Ontology and Pathway Studio. Subsequently, four key genes (CABYR, FOXF2, TLE4, and CDH1) were computationally predicted as metastasis-related LSD1-target genes. ChIp-PCR was applied after RT-PCR and Western blot validations to detect the occupancy of LSD1-target gene promoter-bound LSD1.

Result: A total of 3633 DEGs were significantly upregulated, and 4642 DEGs were downregulated in LSD1-silenced SW620 cells. A total of 4047 DEGs and 4240 DEGs were upregulated and downregulated in LSD1-overexpressed HT-29 cells, respectively. RT-PCR and Western blot validated the microarray analysis results. ChIP assay results demonstrated that LSD1 might be negative regulators for target genes CABYR and CDH1. The expression level of LSD1 is negatively correlated with mono- and dimethylation of histone H3 lysine4(H3K4) at LSD1- target gene promoter region. No significant mono-methylation and dimethylation of H3 lysine9 methylation was detected at the promoter region of CABYR and CDH1.

Conclusion: LSD1- depletion contributed to the upregulation of CABYR and CDH1 through enhancing the dimethylation of H3K4 at the LSD1-target genes promoter. LSD1- overexpression mediated the downregulation of CABYR and CDH1expression through decreasing the mono- and dimethylation of H3K4 at LSD1-target gene promoter in colon cancer cells. CABYR and CDH1 might be potential LSD1-target genes in colon carcinogenesis.

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