BHLHE40 confers a pro-survival and pro-metastatic phenotype to breast cancer cells by modulating HBEGF secretion

Aarti Sethuraman, Martin Brown, Raya Krutilina, Zhaohui Wu, Tiffany Seagroves, Lawrence Pfeffer, Meiyun Fan

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Background: Metastasis is responsible for a significant number of breast cancer-related deaths. Hypoxia, a primary driving force of cancer metastasis, induces the expression of BHLHE40, a transcription regulator. This study aimed to elucidate the function of BHLHE40 in the metastatic process of breast cancer cells. Methods: To define the role of BHLHE40 in breast cancer, BHLHE40 expression was knocked down by a lentiviral construct expressing a short hairpin RNA against BHLHE40 or knocked out by the CRISPR/Cas9 editing system. Orthotopic xenograft and experimental metastasis (tail vein injection) mouse models were used to analyze the role of BHLHE40 in lung metastasis of breast cancer. Global gene expression analysis and public database mining were performed to identify signaling pathways regulated by BHLHE40 in breast cancer. The action mechanism of BHLHE40 was examined by chromatin immunoprecipitation (ChIP), co-immunoprecipitation (CoIP), exosome analysis, and cell-based assays for metastatic potential. Results: BHLHE40 knockdown significantly reduced primary tumor growth and lung metastasis in orthotopic xenograft and experimental metastasis models of breast cancer. Gene expression analysis implicated a role of BHLHE40 in transcriptional activation of heparin-binding epidermal growth factor (HBEGF). ChIP and CoIP assays revealed that BHLHE40 induces HBEGF transcription by blocking DNA binding of histone deacetylases (HDAC)1 and HDAC2. Cell-based assays showed that HBEGF is secreted through exosomes and acts to promote cell survival and migration. Public databases provided evidence linking high expression of BHLHE40 and HBEGF to poor prognosis of triple-negative breast cancer. Conclusion: This study reveals a novel role of BHLHE40 in promoting tumor cell survival and migration by regulating HBEGF secretion.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number117
JournalBreast Cancer Research
Volume20
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 1 2018

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Epidermal Growth Factor
Heparin
Breast Neoplasms
Neoplasm Metastasis
Phenotype
Exosomes
Chromatin Immunoprecipitation
Immunoprecipitation
Heterografts
Cell Movement
Cell Survival
Clustered Regularly Interspaced Short Palindromic Repeats
Databases
Triple Negative Breast Neoplasms
Gene Expression
Neoplasms
Lung
Histone Deacetylases
Small Interfering RNA
Transcriptional Activation

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  • Oncology
  • Cancer Research

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BHLHE40 confers a pro-survival and pro-metastatic phenotype to breast cancer cells by modulating HBEGF secretion. / Sethuraman, Aarti; Brown, Martin; Krutilina, Raya; Wu, Zhaohui; Seagroves, Tiffany; Pfeffer, Lawrence; Fan, Meiyun.

In: Breast Cancer Research, Vol. 20, No. 1, 117, 01.10.2018.

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