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CBX7 negatively regulates migration and invasion in glioma via Wnt/β-catenin pathway inactivation

Zhongyuan Bao _, Xiupeng Xu, Yinlong Liu, Honglu Chao, Chao Lin, Zheng Li, Yongping You, Ning Liu and Jing Ji

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Oncotarget. 2017; 8:39048-39063. https://doi.org/10.18632/oncotarget.16587

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Zhongyuan Bao1,*, Xiupeng Xu1,*, Yinlong Liu1, Honglu Chao1, Chao Lin1, Zheng Li1, Yongping You1, Ning Liu1 and Jing Ji1

1Department of Neurosurgery, The First Affiliated Hospital of Nanjing Medical University, Nanjing, Jiangsu, China

*These authors have contributed equally to this work

Correspondence to:

Jing Ji, email: [email protected]

Keywords: CBX7, glioma, wnt/β-catenin pathway, DKK1, invasion

Received: November 01, 2016    Accepted: March 09, 2017    Published: March 28, 2017


CBX7, a member of the Polycomb-group proteins, plays a significant role in normal and cancerous tissues and has been defined as a tumor suppressor in thyroid, breast and pancreatic cancers. However, its function in glioma remains undefined. CBX7 expression is decreased in glioma, especially in higher grade cases, according to data in the CGGA, GSE16001 and TCGA databases. Further experimental evidence has shown that exogenous CBX7 overexpression induced apoptosis and inhibited cell proliferation, colony formation and migration of glioma cells. In this study, we show that the invasive ability of glioma cells was decreased following CBX7 overexpression and CBX7 overexpression was associated with Wnt/β-catenin pathway inhibition, which also decreased downstream expression of ZEB1, a core epithelial-to-mesenchymal transition factor. This reduction in Wnt signaling is controlled by DKK1, a specific Wnt/β-catenin inhibitor. CBX7 enhances DKK1 expression by binding the DKK1 promoter, as shown in Luciferase reporter assays. Our data confirm that CBX7 inhibits EMT and invasion in glioma, which is manifested by influencing the expression of MMP2, MMP9, E-cadherin, N-cadherin and Vimentin in LN229, T98G cells and primary glioma cells (PGC). Furthermore, as a tumor suppressor, CBX7 expression is pivotal to reduce tumor invasion and evaluate prognosis.

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