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TM4SF4 overexpression in radiation-resistant lung carcinoma cells activates IGF1R via elevation of IGF1

Soo-Im Choi, Seo-Yeon Kim, Jaeha Lee, Eun-Wie Cho _ and In-Gyu Kim

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Oncotarget. 2014; 5:9823-9837. https://doi.org/10.18632/oncotarget.2450

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Soo-Im Choi1,2, Seo-Yeon Kim1, Jaeha Lee1,2, Eun-Wie Cho3 and In-Gyu Kim1,2

1 Department of Radiation Biology, Environmental Radiation Research Group, Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute (KAERI), Daedeok-daero, Yuseong-gu, Daejeon, South Korea

2 Department of Radiation Biotechnology and Applied Radioisotope, Korea University of Science and Technology, Daedeok-daero, Yuseong-gu, Daejeon, South Korea

3 Epigenomics Research Center, Korea Research Institute of Bioscience and Biotechnology (KRIBB), Gwahak-ro, Yuseong-gu, Daejeon, South Korea


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Keywords: TM4SF4, lung adenocarcinoma, IGF1R activation, IGF1

Received: April 25, 2014 Accepted: September 07, 2014 Published: September 08, 2014


Transmembrane 4 L six family member 4 (TM4SF4) is a member of the tetraspanin L6 domain family. Other members of this family, TM4SF1 (also known as L6-Ag) and TM4SF5, have been shown to be upregulated in multiple tumors and involved in epithelial-to-mesenchymal transition and cell migration. However, unlike its homologs, little is known about TM4SF4. Here, we show that TM4SF4 was highly expressed in radiation-resistant lung adenocarcinoma cells, such as A549 and Calu-3 cells, and its expression activated cell growth, migration, and invasion. Overexpression of TM4SF4 in A549 cells increased the activation of PI3K, AKT, and NF-kappaB and the expression of PTEN. IGF1R was clearly activated by overexpression of TM4SF4, although EGFR was also slightly activated. TM4SF4 expression was correlated with the increased expression of IGF1, consequently resulting in IGF1R activation. Tumorigenic activity of TM4SF4 in lung adenocarcinoma cells was also demonstrated by xenograft assay; however, this activity was almost completely suppressed by treatment with anti-TM4SF4 antibody. Our results suggest that TM4SF4 overexpression in lung carcinoma cells results in resistance to radiotherapy via IGF1-induced IGF1R activation and blocking the activity of TM4SF4 using specific antibody can be a promising therapeutics against TM4SF4-overexpressing lung adenocarcinoma.

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