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Fbxw7 haploinsufficiency loses its protection against DNA damage and accelerates MNU-induced gastric carcinogenesis

Yannan Jiang, Xinming Qi, Xinyu Liu, Jun Zhang, Jun Ji, Zhenggang Zhu, Jin Ren and Yingyan Yu _

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Oncotarget. 2017; 8:33444-33456. https://doi.org/10.18632/oncotarget.16800

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Yannan Jiang1, Xinming Qi2, Xinyu Liu1, Jun Zhang1, Jun Ji1, Zhenggang Zhu1, Jin Ren2, Yingyan Yu1

1Department of Surgery of Shanghai Ruijin Hospital, Shanghai Institute of Digestive Surgery, Shanghai Key Laboratory for Gastric Neoplasms, Shanghai Jiao Tong University School of Medicine, Shanghai, 200025, China

2Center for Drug Safety Evaluation and Research, Shanghai Institute of Materia Medica, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Shanghai, 201203, China

Correspondence to:

Yingyan Yu, email: [email protected]

Keywords: Fbxw7, knockout mouse, N-Methyl-N-nitrosourea, gastric cancer, DNA damage

Received: January 17, 2017     Accepted: March 22, 2017     Published: April 03, 2017


Fbxw7, a subunit of the SCF E3 ubiquitin ligase, recognizes oncoprotein substrates and leads to their proteasomal degradation. Fbxw7 acts as a tumor suppressor via inducing apoptosis and growth arrest in various kinds of tumors. To clarify the initiating role in gastric carcinogenesis as well as the histologic characterization of tumor in Fbxw7 allele haploinsufficient mice, we generated Fbxw7 heterozygous knockout mice (Fbxw7+/−) and treated them with chemical carcinogen N-methyl-N-nitrosourea (MNU) at 5–6 weeks of age. We also treated mouse embryo fibroblasts (MEFs) from Fbxw7+/− and Fbxw7+/+ mice with MNU and examined cell DNA damage via comet assay. The protein expression of Fbxw7 and its substrate c-Myc from mouse tumors, as well as human tumors sampled from six patients, were detected by Western blot. As results, the tumor incidence was obviously higher in Fbxw7+/− mice (13/20) than in Fbxw7+/+ mice (6/20) after 35-week observation. Intestinal metaplasia (P = 0.013) and dysplasia (P = 0.036) were more severe in Fbxw7+/− mice than in Fbxw7+/+ mice. The repair potential of DNA damage was suppressed in MEFs from Fbxw7+/− mice after MNU exposure. Increased c-Myc expression was accompanied by decreased Fbxw7 protein expression in tumor tissues from mouse and patients. In conclusion, Fbxw7 haploinsufficiency increased the risk of gastric carcinogenesis induced by MNU, which is associated with the accumulation of DNA damage as well as c-Myc oncoprotein.

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