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DACT1, an antagonist to Wnt/β-catenin signaling, suppresses tumor cell growth and is frequently silenced in breast cancer.

Yin X, Xiang T, Li L, Su X, Shu X, Luo X, Huang J, Yuan Y, Peng W, Oberst M, Kelly K, Ren G, Tao Q - Breast Cancer Res. (2013)

Bottom Line: We found that DACT1 expression was silenced in eight (88.9%) of nine breast cancer cell lines, and its protein levels were obviously reduced in breast tumors compared with paired surgical-margin tissues.Functional assays showed that ectopic expression of DACT1 could inhibit breast tumor cell proliferation in vivo and in vitro through inducing apoptosis, and further suppress tumor cell migration through antagonizing the Wnt/β-catenin signaling pathway.Our study demonstrates that DACT1 could function as a tumor suppressor but was frequently downregulated in breast cancer.

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Introduction: Aberrant activation of Wnt/β-catenin signaling plays an important role in the pathogenesis of breast cancer. DACT1 (Dapper/Frodo) has been identified as involved in antagonizing Wnt/β-catenin signaling through interacting with Dishevelled (Dvl), a central mediator of Wnt signaling, whereas its role in breast tumorigenesis remains unclear.

Methods: We examined DACT1 expression in breast cancer cell lines and primary tumors with semiquantitative or quantitative RT-PCR and immunochemistry, and further evaluated the promoter methylation of DACT1 with methylation-specific PCR (MSP). We also explored the tumor-suppressive functions of DACT1 in vivo and in vitro, and its related mechanism in breast cancer.

Results: We identified DACT1 as a methylated target in our breast cancer epigenome study. Here, we further investigated DACT1 expression in multiple breast cell lines and primary tumors, and further studied its function and molecular mechanisms. We found that DACT1 expression was silenced in eight (88.9%) of nine breast cancer cell lines, and its protein levels were obviously reduced in breast tumors compared with paired surgical-margin tissues. Promoter CpG methylation of DACT1 was detected in five (55.6%) of nine breast cancer cell lines and 40 (29.9%) of 134 primary tumors, but not in surgical-margin tissues and normal breast tissues. Demethylation treatment of breast cancer cell lines restored DACT1 expression along with promoter demethylation, suggesting that an epigenetic mechanism mediates DACT1 silencing in breast cancer. Functional assays showed that ectopic expression of DACT1 could inhibit breast tumor cell proliferation in vivo and in vitro through inducing apoptosis, and further suppress tumor cell migration through antagonizing the Wnt/β-catenin signaling pathway.

Conclusions: Our study demonstrates that DACT1 could function as a tumor suppressor but was frequently downregulated in breast cancer.

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Representative methylation-specific PCR (MSP) analysis of DACT1 methylation in primary breast tumors, surgical margin tissues, and normal tissues. M, methylated; U, unmethylated.
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Figure 3: Representative methylation-specific PCR (MSP) analysis of DACT1 methylation in primary breast tumors, surgical margin tissues, and normal tissues. M, methylated; U, unmethylated.

Mentions: We further investigated DACT1 methylation in primary tumors, surgical-margin tissues, and normal breast tissues. DACT1 methylation was detected in 40 (29.9%) of 134 breast cancer tissues, but not in surgical-margin tissues and normal breast tissues (Figure 3, Table 2), suggesting a tumor-specific methylation of DACT1 in breast cancer. We next analyzed the correlation between DACT1 methylation and clinicopathologic features of breast cancer patients, including age, tumor size, tumor grade, lymph node metastasis, status of estrogen receptor (ER), progestogen receptor (PR), and HER2. However, no significant correlation between DACT1 methylation and clinicopathologic features was found (Table 3).


DACT1, an antagonist to Wnt/β-catenin signaling, suppresses tumor cell growth and is frequently silenced in breast cancer.

Yin X, Xiang T, Li L, Su X, Shu X, Luo X, Huang J, Yuan Y, Peng W, Oberst M, Kelly K, Ren G, Tao Q - Breast Cancer Res. (2013)

Representative methylation-specific PCR (MSP) analysis of DACT1 methylation in primary breast tumors, surgical margin tissues, and normal tissues. M, methylated; U, unmethylated.
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Related In: Results  -  Collection

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Figure 3: Representative methylation-specific PCR (MSP) analysis of DACT1 methylation in primary breast tumors, surgical margin tissues, and normal tissues. M, methylated; U, unmethylated.
Mentions: We further investigated DACT1 methylation in primary tumors, surgical-margin tissues, and normal breast tissues. DACT1 methylation was detected in 40 (29.9%) of 134 breast cancer tissues, but not in surgical-margin tissues and normal breast tissues (Figure 3, Table 2), suggesting a tumor-specific methylation of DACT1 in breast cancer. We next analyzed the correlation between DACT1 methylation and clinicopathologic features of breast cancer patients, including age, tumor size, tumor grade, lymph node metastasis, status of estrogen receptor (ER), progestogen receptor (PR), and HER2. However, no significant correlation between DACT1 methylation and clinicopathologic features was found (Table 3).

Bottom Line: We found that DACT1 expression was silenced in eight (88.9%) of nine breast cancer cell lines, and its protein levels were obviously reduced in breast tumors compared with paired surgical-margin tissues.Functional assays showed that ectopic expression of DACT1 could inhibit breast tumor cell proliferation in vivo and in vitro through inducing apoptosis, and further suppress tumor cell migration through antagonizing the Wnt/β-catenin signaling pathway.Our study demonstrates that DACT1 could function as a tumor suppressor but was frequently downregulated in breast cancer.

View Article: PubMed Central - HTML - PubMed

ABSTRACT

Introduction: Aberrant activation of Wnt/β-catenin signaling plays an important role in the pathogenesis of breast cancer. DACT1 (Dapper/Frodo) has been identified as involved in antagonizing Wnt/β-catenin signaling through interacting with Dishevelled (Dvl), a central mediator of Wnt signaling, whereas its role in breast tumorigenesis remains unclear.

Methods: We examined DACT1 expression in breast cancer cell lines and primary tumors with semiquantitative or quantitative RT-PCR and immunochemistry, and further evaluated the promoter methylation of DACT1 with methylation-specific PCR (MSP). We also explored the tumor-suppressive functions of DACT1 in vivo and in vitro, and its related mechanism in breast cancer.

Results: We identified DACT1 as a methylated target in our breast cancer epigenome study. Here, we further investigated DACT1 expression in multiple breast cell lines and primary tumors, and further studied its function and molecular mechanisms. We found that DACT1 expression was silenced in eight (88.9%) of nine breast cancer cell lines, and its protein levels were obviously reduced in breast tumors compared with paired surgical-margin tissues. Promoter CpG methylation of DACT1 was detected in five (55.6%) of nine breast cancer cell lines and 40 (29.9%) of 134 primary tumors, but not in surgical-margin tissues and normal breast tissues. Demethylation treatment of breast cancer cell lines restored DACT1 expression along with promoter demethylation, suggesting that an epigenetic mechanism mediates DACT1 silencing in breast cancer. Functional assays showed that ectopic expression of DACT1 could inhibit breast tumor cell proliferation in vivo and in vitro through inducing apoptosis, and further suppress tumor cell migration through antagonizing the Wnt/β-catenin signaling pathway.

Conclusions: Our study demonstrates that DACT1 could function as a tumor suppressor but was frequently downregulated in breast cancer.

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Related in: MedlinePlus