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Complex sense-antisense architecture of TNFAIP1/POLDIP2 on 17q11.2 represents a novel transcriptional structural-functional gene module involved in breast cancer progression.

Grinchuk OV, Motakis E, Kuznetsov VA - BMC Genomics (2010)

Bottom Line: Survival analysis of a group of 410 breast cancer patients revealed significant survival-associated individual genes and gene pairs in the TNFAIP1/POLDIP2 CSAGA.Moreover, several of the gene pairs associated with survival, demonstrated synergistic effects.We suggest that the TNFAIP1/POLDIP2 CSAGA represents a clinically significant transcriptional structural-functional gene module associated with amplification of the genomic region on 17q11.2 and correlated with expression ERBB2 amplicon core genes in breast cancer.

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Affiliation: Bioinformatics Institute, 30 Biopolis Str, Singapore. olegg@bii.a-star.edu.sg

ABSTRACT

Background: A sense-antisense gene pair (SAGP) is a gene pair where two oppositely transcribed genes share a common nucleotide sequence region. In eukaryotic genomes, SAGPs can be organized in complex sense-antisense architectures (CSAGAs) in which at least one sense gene shares loci with two or more antisense partners. As shown in several case studies, SAGPs may be involved in cancers, neurological diseases and complex syndromes. However, CSAGAs have not yet been characterized in the context of human disease or cancer.

Results: We characterize five genes (TMEM97, IFT20, TNFAIP1, POLDIP2 and TMEM199) organized in a CSAGA on 17q11.2 (we term this the TNFAIP1/POLDIP2 CSAGA) and demonstrate their strong and reproducible co-regulatory transcription pattern in breast cancer tumours. Genes of the TNFAIP1/POLDIP2 CSAGA are located inside the smallest region of recurrent amplification on 17q11.2 and their expression profile correlates with the DNA copy number of the region. Survival analysis of a group of 410 breast cancer patients revealed significant survival-associated individual genes and gene pairs in the TNFAIP1/POLDIP2 CSAGA. Moreover, several of the gene pairs associated with survival, demonstrated synergistic effects. Expression of genes-members of the TNFAIP1/POLDIP2 CSAGA also strongly correlated with expression of genes of ERBB2 core region of recurrent amplification on 17q12. We clearly demonstrate that the observed co-regulatory transcription profile of the TNFAIP1/POLDIP2 CSAGA is maintained not only by a DNA amplification mechanism, but also by chromatin remodelling and local transcription activation.

Conclusion: We have identified a novel TNFAIP1/POLDIP2 CSAGA and characterized its co-regulatory transcription profile in cancerous breast tissues. We suggest that the TNFAIP1/POLDIP2 CSAGA represents a clinically significant transcriptional structural-functional gene module associated with amplification of the genomic region on 17q11.2 and correlated with expression ERBB2 amplicon core genes in breast cancer. Co-expression pattern of this module correlates with histological grades and a poor prognosis in breast cancer when over-expressed. TNFAIP1/POLDIP2 CSAGA maps the risks of breast cancer relapse onto the complex genomic locus on 17q11.2.

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Correlation tables between the genes of the TNFAIP1/POLDIP2 SFGM and its 'neighbours' and the ERBB2 CR and its 'neighbours' in breast cancer patients. The central selected area of the matrix represents significant correlations (Pearson, α = 1%) between the TNFAIP1/POLDIP2 SFGM and the ERBB2 CR. A -- Uppsala cohort, B -- Stockholm cohort.
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Figure 8: Correlation tables between the genes of the TNFAIP1/POLDIP2 SFGM and its 'neighbours' and the ERBB2 CR and its 'neighbours' in breast cancer patients. The central selected area of the matrix represents significant correlations (Pearson, α = 1%) between the TNFAIP1/POLDIP2 SFGM and the ERBB2 CR. A -- Uppsala cohort, B -- Stockholm cohort.

Mentions: Due to the previously documented fact of co-amplification of broad genomic regions of the 17q11.2 and 17q12 SRAs [30] at the DNA level, we proposed that expression of the genes composing the TNFAIP1/POLDIP2 SFGM (located inside the 17q11.2 SRA) and genes composing the ERBB2 CR (located inside the 17q12 SRA) could also be correlated at the level of transcription. We produced correlation tables that included both the genes of the TNFAIP1/POLDIP2 SFGM and the ERBB2 CR and their neighboring genes in the Uppsala and Stockholm breast cancer cohorts. We found that the mRNA expression levels of all members of the TNFAIP1/POLDIP2 SFGM were significantly correlated with those of at least two or more members of the ERBB2 CR (Figure 8A, B). ERBB2 and C17orf37 were significantly correlated with almost all (except TMEM97) members of the TNFAIP1/POLDIP2 SFGM in both cohorts.


Complex sense-antisense architecture of TNFAIP1/POLDIP2 on 17q11.2 represents a novel transcriptional structural-functional gene module involved in breast cancer progression.

Grinchuk OV, Motakis E, Kuznetsov VA - BMC Genomics (2010)

Correlation tables between the genes of the TNFAIP1/POLDIP2 SFGM and its 'neighbours' and the ERBB2 CR and its 'neighbours' in breast cancer patients. The central selected area of the matrix represents significant correlations (Pearson, α = 1%) between the TNFAIP1/POLDIP2 SFGM and the ERBB2 CR. A -- Uppsala cohort, B -- Stockholm cohort.
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Figure 8: Correlation tables between the genes of the TNFAIP1/POLDIP2 SFGM and its 'neighbours' and the ERBB2 CR and its 'neighbours' in breast cancer patients. The central selected area of the matrix represents significant correlations (Pearson, α = 1%) between the TNFAIP1/POLDIP2 SFGM and the ERBB2 CR. A -- Uppsala cohort, B -- Stockholm cohort.
Mentions: Due to the previously documented fact of co-amplification of broad genomic regions of the 17q11.2 and 17q12 SRAs [30] at the DNA level, we proposed that expression of the genes composing the TNFAIP1/POLDIP2 SFGM (located inside the 17q11.2 SRA) and genes composing the ERBB2 CR (located inside the 17q12 SRA) could also be correlated at the level of transcription. We produced correlation tables that included both the genes of the TNFAIP1/POLDIP2 SFGM and the ERBB2 CR and their neighboring genes in the Uppsala and Stockholm breast cancer cohorts. We found that the mRNA expression levels of all members of the TNFAIP1/POLDIP2 SFGM were significantly correlated with those of at least two or more members of the ERBB2 CR (Figure 8A, B). ERBB2 and C17orf37 were significantly correlated with almost all (except TMEM97) members of the TNFAIP1/POLDIP2 SFGM in both cohorts.

Bottom Line: Survival analysis of a group of 410 breast cancer patients revealed significant survival-associated individual genes and gene pairs in the TNFAIP1/POLDIP2 CSAGA.Moreover, several of the gene pairs associated with survival, demonstrated synergistic effects.We suggest that the TNFAIP1/POLDIP2 CSAGA represents a clinically significant transcriptional structural-functional gene module associated with amplification of the genomic region on 17q11.2 and correlated with expression ERBB2 amplicon core genes in breast cancer.

View Article: PubMed Central - HTML - PubMed

Affiliation: Bioinformatics Institute, 30 Biopolis Str, Singapore. olegg@bii.a-star.edu.sg

ABSTRACT

Background: A sense-antisense gene pair (SAGP) is a gene pair where two oppositely transcribed genes share a common nucleotide sequence region. In eukaryotic genomes, SAGPs can be organized in complex sense-antisense architectures (CSAGAs) in which at least one sense gene shares loci with two or more antisense partners. As shown in several case studies, SAGPs may be involved in cancers, neurological diseases and complex syndromes. However, CSAGAs have not yet been characterized in the context of human disease or cancer.

Results: We characterize five genes (TMEM97, IFT20, TNFAIP1, POLDIP2 and TMEM199) organized in a CSAGA on 17q11.2 (we term this the TNFAIP1/POLDIP2 CSAGA) and demonstrate their strong and reproducible co-regulatory transcription pattern in breast cancer tumours. Genes of the TNFAIP1/POLDIP2 CSAGA are located inside the smallest region of recurrent amplification on 17q11.2 and their expression profile correlates with the DNA copy number of the region. Survival analysis of a group of 410 breast cancer patients revealed significant survival-associated individual genes and gene pairs in the TNFAIP1/POLDIP2 CSAGA. Moreover, several of the gene pairs associated with survival, demonstrated synergistic effects. Expression of genes-members of the TNFAIP1/POLDIP2 CSAGA also strongly correlated with expression of genes of ERBB2 core region of recurrent amplification on 17q12. We clearly demonstrate that the observed co-regulatory transcription profile of the TNFAIP1/POLDIP2 CSAGA is maintained not only by a DNA amplification mechanism, but also by chromatin remodelling and local transcription activation.

Conclusion: We have identified a novel TNFAIP1/POLDIP2 CSAGA and characterized its co-regulatory transcription profile in cancerous breast tissues. We suggest that the TNFAIP1/POLDIP2 CSAGA represents a clinically significant transcriptional structural-functional gene module associated with amplification of the genomic region on 17q11.2 and correlated with expression ERBB2 amplicon core genes in breast cancer. Co-expression pattern of this module correlates with histological grades and a poor prognosis in breast cancer when over-expressed. TNFAIP1/POLDIP2 CSAGA maps the risks of breast cancer relapse onto the complex genomic locus on 17q11.2.

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