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Song, Tianyi
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Song, T. & Spillmann, D. (2019). Transcriptomic analysis reveals cell apoptotic signature modified by heparanase in melanoma cells. Journal of Cellular and Molecular Medicine (Print), 23(7), 4559-4568
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Transcriptomic analysis reveals cell apoptotic signature modified by heparanase in melanoma cells
2019 (English)In: Journal of Cellular and Molecular Medicine (Print), ISSN 1582-1838, E-ISSN 1582-4934, Vol. 23, no 7, p. 4559-4568Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Heparanase has been implicated in many pathological conditions, especially inflammation and cancer, attributed to its degradation of heparan sulfate, a crucial component maintaining the integrity of the extracellular matrix. By silencing the heparanase gene (HPSE) in MDA-MB-435s melanoma cells, we investigated the impact of this protein on gene transcription. Transcriptome sequencing yielded a list of 279 differentially expressed genes, of which 140 were up-regulated and 239 down-regulated. The 140 up-regulated genes were classified into a substantial set of gene ontology defined functions, for example, positive regulation of cell death, apoptotic process, response to cytokine, while 239 down-regulated genes classify only into the two categories: nucleosome and nucleosome assembly. Our focus was drawn to an array of 28 pro-apoptotic genes regulated by heparanase: real-time PCR experiments further validated up-regulation of EGR1, TXNIP, AXL, CYR61, LIMS2 and TNFRSF12A by at least 1.5-fold, among which EGR1, CYR61, and TNFRSF12A were confirmed on protein level. We demonstrated significantly increased apoptotic cells by TUNEL staining upon HPSE silencing, mediated by activation of caspase 3/PARP1 pathway. The pro-apoptotic gene expression and observation of apoptosis were extended to another melanoma cell line, MV3 cells, thus consolidating the anti-apoptosis effect of heparanase in melanoma cells.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
WILEY, 2019
apoptosis, cancer, gene expression, heparanase, melanoma cells
National Category
Cell and Molecular Biology
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-390806 (URN)10.1111/jcmm.14349 (DOI)000473010500007 ()31044520 (PubMedID)
Available from: 2019-08-19 Created: 2019-08-19 Last updated: 2019-08-19Bibliographically approved
Song, T. (2018). Understanding Heparan Sulfate Biosynthesis and Functional Implications of Heparanase. (Doctoral dissertation). Uppsala: Acta Universitatis Upsaliensis
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Understanding Heparan Sulfate Biosynthesis and Functional Implications of Heparanase
2018 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Heparan sulfate (HS) proteoglycans are present on the plasma membrane of all animal cells studied so far and are a major component of extracellular matrices. Heparanase is an endo-ß-glucuronidase that cleaves HS chains at internally located ß-glucuronidic linkages1. Except its conventional enzymatic function, non-enzyme function and its function in the nucleus have been demonstrated recently.

Regulation of HS biosynthesis has long been a myth. By generating HEK293 cells that overexpress different doses of C5-epimerase and a mutant without catalytic activity we created tools to analyze HS chain structure. We show that HS chain length increases in a dose dependent manner, dependent on the enzymatic activity of C5-epimerase, which can be reversed by co-overexpresssing with 2-O-sulfotransferase.

Lipoprotein lipase (LpL) is a HS-bound enzyme that processes the triglycerides of lipoproteins from both exogenous and endogenous sources. Underdeveloped adipose tissue was revealed in heparanase transgenic mice, due to compromised LpL activity. Mechanistically, a likely possibility was demonstrated due to HS shedding related to overexpressed heparanase.

The finding that breast cancer T47D cells which overexpress heparanase adopt a higher rate of aerobic glycolysis fueling cell proliferation and cell survival added up to the diverse functions of heparanase.

Transcriptomic analysis after knockdown of heparanase in melanoma cells confirmed involvement in inflammatory responses as studied previously, and regulation of cell adhesion, ECM components, apoptosis and nucleosome assembly emerged as novel functional and mechanistic indications of heparanase. Supported by experimental evidence, heparanase’s effect in cell adhesion and apoptosis validated its role in cancer progression. Moreover, regulation of nucleosome assembly prompts further investigation into its action mode in the nucleus.

Taken together, the present study adds to the elucidation of HS biosynthesis and depicts novel roles of heparanase, highlighting its multifaceted roles in cancer and providing exciting notions for future studies.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Uppsala: Acta Universitatis Upsaliensis, 2018. p. 44
Digital Comprehensive Summaries of Uppsala Dissertations from the Faculty of Medicine, ISSN 1651-6206 ; 1517
Heparan sulfate, biosynthesis, heparanase, lipid metabolism, cancer, cell adhesion, apoptosis.
National Category
Medical and Health Sciences
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-366109 (URN)978-91-513-0508-0 (ISBN)
Public defence
2019-01-23, A1:111a, Husargatan 3, Uppsala, 10:00 (English)
Available from: 2019-01-09 Created: 2018-11-16 Last updated: 2019-02-14

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