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Nuclear matrix proteins contribute to differentiation of gastric cancer cells

World Journal of Gastroenterology

Gastric cancer is the most common malignant gastrointestinal cancer and accounts for 25% of cancer deaths. Nuclear matrix, a filamentous protein framework for eukaryotic cellular chromatin, closely relates to DNA duplication and transcription. Research on nuclear matrix proteins will provide insight into how tumors developed.

A research article to be published on May 7, 2010 in the World Journal of Gastroenterology addresses this question. The research team from Xiamen University, China, investigated the aberrant expression of nuclear matrix proteins in human gastric cancer cells before and after hexamethylene bisacetamide (HMBA) treatment.

In the proteomics analysis, 43 protein spots were significantly changed due to HMBA treatment. Fifteen proteins were identified in the HMBA-induced differentiation of gastric tumor cells. Eight proteins spots were down-regulated while seven were up-regulated. Among these proteins, prohibitin, nucleophosmin and hnRNP A2/B1 were significantly decreased in HMBA-treated human gastric cancer cells, and their locations in nuclear matrix were altered by HMBA. The results proved the alteration of specific nuclear matrix proteins during the differentiation of human gastric cancer cells. And the aberrant expressions of nuclear matrix proteins were of significance in revealing the regulatory mechanism of tumor cell proliferation and differentiation.

The differentially expressed nuclear matrix proteins might be intracellular target proteins of HMBA and the tumor markers for gastric cancer. Continued investigation on specific nuclear matrix proteins will contribute to better understanding the regulatory mechanisms of nuclear matrix proteins in gastric carcinogenesis and reversal.


Reference: Jing GJ, Xu DH, Shi SL, Li QF, Wang SY, Wu FY, Kong HY. Aberrant expression of nuclear matrix proteins during HMBA-induced differentiation of gastric cancer cells. World J Gastroenterol 2010; 16(17): 2176-2182

Correspondence to: Qi-Fu Li, Professor, Key Laboratory of Ministry of Education for Cell Biology & Tumor Cell Engineering, School of Life Science, Xiamen University, Xiamen 361005, Fujian Province, China.

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World Journal of Gastroenterology (WJG), a leading international journal in gastroenterology and hepatology, has established a reputation for publishing first class research on esophageal cancer, gastric cancer, liver cancer, viral hepatitis, colorectal cancer, and H pylori infection and provides a forum for both clinicians and scientists. WJG has been indexed and abstracted in Current Contents/Clinical Medicine, Science Citation Index Expanded (also known as SciSearch) and Journal Citation Reports/Science Edition, Index Medicus, MEDLINE and PubMed, Chemical Abstracts, EMBASE/Excerpta Medica, Abstracts Journals, Nature Clinical Practice Gastroenterology and Hepatology, CAB Abstracts and Global Health. ISI JCR 2008 IF: 2.081. WJG is a weekly journal published by WJG Press. The publication dates are the 7th, 14th, 21st, and 28th day of every month. WJG is supported by The National Natural Science Foundation of China, No. 30224801 and No. 30424812, and was founded with the name of China National Journal of New Gastroenterology on October 1, 1995, and renamed WJG on January 25, 1998.

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