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Cysteinyl leukotriene receptor 1 facilitates tumorigenesis in a mouse model of colitis-associated colon cancer

Janina Osman, Sayeh Savari, Naveen Kumar Chandrashekar, Kishan Bellamkonda, Desiree Douglas and Anita Sjölander _

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Oncotarget. 2017; 8:34773-34786. https://doi.org/10.18632/oncotarget.16718

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Janina Osman1,*, Sayeh Savari1,*, Naveen Kumar Chandrashekar1, Kishan Bellamkonda1, Desiree Douglas1, Anita Sjölander1

1Division of Cell and Experimental Pathology, Department of Translational Medicine, Lund University, Skåne University Hospital, SE-205 02, Malmö, Sweden

*These authors contributed equally to this work

Correspondence to:

Anita Sjölander, email: [email protected]

Keywords: CysLT1 receptor, LTD4 signaling, colon cancer, colitis-associated colon cancer (CAC), inflammation

Received: December 19, 2016     Accepted: March 20, 2017     Published: March 30, 2017


Cysteinyl leukotriene receptor 1 (CysLT1R) has been shown to be up-regulated in the adenocarcinomas of colorectal cancer patients, which is associated with a poor prognosis. In a spontaneous model of colon cancer, CysLT1R disruption was associated with a reduced tumor burden in double-mutant female mice (ApcMin/+/Cysltr1−/−) compared to ApcMin/+ littermates. In the current study, we utilized a genetic approach to investigate the effect of CysLT1R in the induced azoxymethane/dextran sulfate sodium (AOM/DSS) model of colitis-associated colon cancer. We found that AOM/DSS female mice with a global disruption of the Cysltr1 gene (Cysltr1−/−) had a higher relative body weight, a more normal weight/length colon ratio and smaller-sized colonic polyps compared to AOM/DSS wild-type counterparts. The Cysltr1−/− colonic polyps exhibited low-grade dysplasia, while wild-type polyps had an adenoma-like phenotype. The Cysltr1−/− colonic polyps exhibited significant decreases in nuclear β-catenin and COX-2 protein expression, while the normal crypts surrounding the polyps exhibited increased Mucin 2 expression. Furthermore, Cysltr1−/− mice exhibited an overall reduction in inflammation, with a significant decrease in proinflammatory cytokines, polyp 5-LOX expression and infiltration of CD45 leukocytes and F4/80 macrophages. In conclusion, the present genetic approach in an AOM/DSS model further supports an important role for CysLT1R in colon tumorigenesis.

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