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Brain-derived neurotrophic factor involved epigenetic repression of UGT2B7 in colorectal carcinoma: A mechanism to alter morphine glucuronidation in tumor

Zi-Zhao Yang, Li Li, Ming-Cheng Xu, Hai-Xing Ju, Miao Hao, Jing-Kai Gu, Zai-Jie Jim Wang, Hui-Di Jiang, Lu-Shan Yu _ and Su Zeng

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Oncotarget. 2017; 8:29138-29150. https://doi.org/10.18632/oncotarget.16251

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Abstract

Zi-Zhao Yang1, Li Li2, Ming-Cheng Xu1, Hai-Xing Ju3, Miao Hao4, Jing-Kai Gu5, Zai-Jie Jim Wang6, Hui-Di Jiang1, Lu-Shan Yu1, Su Zeng1

1Laboratory of Pharmaceutical Analysis and Drug Metabolism, Zhejiang Province Key Laboratory of Anti-Cancer Drug Research, College of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, 310058, China

2Department of Pharmacy, Zhejiang Hospital, Zhejiang Provincial Key Lab of Geriatrics, Hangzhou 310013, China

3Department of Colorectal Surgery, Zhejiang Provincial Tumor Hospital, Hangzhou, 310022, China

4Science Research Center, China-Japan Union Hospital of Jilin University, Changchun 130033, China

5School of Life Sciences, Jilin University, Changchun, 130012, China

6Department of Biopharmaceutical Sciences and Cancer Center, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, Illinois 60612, USA

Correspondence to:

Lu-Shan Yu, email: yuls@zju.edu.cn

Su Zeng, email: zengsu@zju.edu.cn

Keywords: UGT2B7, BDNF, morphine tolerance, colorectal carcinoma, epigenetics

Received: January 10, 2017     Accepted: February 20, 2017     Published: March 16, 2017

ABSTRACT

Uridine diphosphate-glucuronosyltransferase (UGT) 2B7, as one of significant drug enzymes, is responsible on the glucuronidation of abundant endobiotics or xenobiotics. We here report that it is markedly repressed in the tumor tissues of colorectal carcinoma (CRC) patients. Accordingly, morphine in CRC cells will stimulate the expression of its main metabolic enzyme, UGT2B7 during tolerance generation by activating the positive signals in histone 3, especially for trimethylated lysine 27 (H3K4Me3) and acetylated lysine 4 (H3K27Ac). Further study reveals that brain-derived neutrophilic factor (BDNF), a secretory neurotrophin, enriched in CRC can interact and inhibit UGT2B7 by primarily blocking the positive signals of H3K4Me3 as well as activating H3K27Ac on the promoter region of UGT2B7. Meanwhile, BDNF repression attributes to the sensitizations of main core factors in poly-comb repressive complex (PRC) 1 rather than PRC2 as the reason of the depression of SUZ12 in the later complex. Besides that, the productions of two main morphine glucuronides are both increased in the BDNF deficient or TSA and BIX-01294 treated morphine tolerance-like HCT-116 cells. On the same condition, active metabolite, morphine-6-glucuronide (M6G) was accumulated more than inactive M3G. Our findings imply that enzymatic activity enhancement and substrate regioselective catalysis alteration of UGT2B7 may release morphine tolerance under the cure of tumor-induced pain.


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