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Expression dynamics of Mage family genes during self-renewal and differentiation of mouse pluripotent stem and teratocarcinoma cells

Olga Gordeeva _, Andrey Gordeev and Sergey Khaydukov

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Oncotarget. 2019; 10:3248-3266. https://doi.org/10.18632/oncotarget.26933

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Olga Gordeeva1, Andrey Gordeev2,3 and Sergey Khaydukov4

1 Kol'tsov Institute of Developmental Biology, Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow, Russia

2 National Institutes of Health's National Library of Medicine, Bethesda, MD, USA

3 Medical Science and Computing Bethesda, Bethesda, MD, USA

4 M.M. Shemyakin and Yu.A. Ovchinnikov Institute of Bioorganic Chemistry, Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow, Russia

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Olga Gordeeva,email: olgagordeeva@yandex.ru

Keywords: melanoma antigens; cancer-testis antigens; teratocarcinoma; pluripotent stem cells; differentiation

Received: February 18, 2019     Accepted: April 29, 2019     Published: May 14, 2019


The biological roles of cancer-testis antigens of the Melanoma antigen (Mage) family in mammalian development, stem cell differentiation and carcinogenesis are largely unknown. In order to understand the involvement of the Mage family genes in maintenance of normal and cancer stem cells, the expression patterns of Mage-a, Mage-b, Mage-d, Mage-e, Mage-h and Mage-l gene subfamilies were analyzed during the self-renewal and differentiation of mouse pluripotent stem and teratocarcinoma cells. Clustering analysis based on the gene expression profiles of undifferentiated and differentiating cell populations revealed strong correlations between Mage expression patterns and differentiation and malignant states. Gene co-expression analysis disclosed the potential contributions of Mage family members in self-renewal and differentiation of pluripotent stem and teratocarcinoma cells. Two gene clusters including Mage-a4 and Mage-a8, Mageb1, Mage-d1, Mage-d2, Mage-e1, Mage-l2 were identified as functional antagonists with opposing roles in the regulation of proliferation and differentiation of mouse pluripotent stem and teratocarcinoma cells. The identified aberrant expression patterns of Mage-a2, Mage-a6, Mage-b4, Mageb-16 and Mage-h1 in teratocarcinoma cells can be considered as specific teratocarcinoma biomarkers promoted the malignant phenotype. Our study first provides a model for the involvement of Mage family members in regulatory networks during the self-renewal and early differentiation of normal and cancerous stem cells for further research of the predicted functional modules and the development of new cancer treatment strategies.

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