KLF6 gene and early melanoma development in a collagen I-rich extracellular environment

Sung Jin Huh, Yen Liang Chen, Scott L. Friedman, Jason Liao, H. J.Su Huang, Webster K. Cavenee, Gavin P. Robertson

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Background A putative tumor suppressor gene at chromosome 10p15, which contains KLF6 and other genes, is predicted to be lost during melanoma development, and its identity is unknown. In this study, we investigated the biological roles and identity of this tumor suppressor gene. Methods The human UACC 903 melanoma cell line containing introduced DNA fragments from the 10p15 region with (10E6/3, 10E6/11, and 10E6/18) and without (10ER4S.2/1) the tumor suppressor gene was used. Xenograft tumors were generated in a total of 40 mice with melanoma cell lines, and tumor size was measured. Cells were cultured on plastic or a gel of type I collagen. Viability, proliferation, and apoptosis were assessed. Expression of KLF6 protein was assessed by immunohistochemistry and immunoblot analysis. Expression of phosphorylated Erk1/2 and cyclin D1 was assessed by immunoblot analysis. Protein expression of KLF6 was inhibited with small interfering RNA (siRNA). KLF6 protein expression was assessed in 17 human nevi and human melanoma specimens from 29 patients. Statistical analyses were adjusted for multiple comparisons by use of Dunnett method. All statistical tests were two-sided. Results Melanoma cells containing KLF6 generated smaller subcutaneous xenograft tumors with fewer proliferating cells than control cells. When grown on collagen 1, viability of cells with ectopic KLF6 expression (72%) was lower than that of control cells (100%) (group difference =-28%, 95% confidence interval =-31.3% to-25.2%, P <. 001). Viability of melanoma cells with or without the KLF6 tumor suppressor gene on plastic dishes was similar. When KLF6 expression was inhibited with KLF6 siRNA, viability of cells with the tumor suppressor gene on collagen I gel increased compared with that of control cells carrying scrambled siRNA. KLF6 protein was detected in all nevi examined but not in human metastatic melanoma tissue examined. Ectopic expression of KLF6 protein in melanoma cells grown on collagen I decreased levels of phosphorylated Erk1/2 and cyclin D1 in the mitogen-activated protein kinase signaling pathway. Conclusions In melanoma cells, the tumor suppressor gene at 10p15 appears to be KLF6. Signaling from the collagen I-rich extracellular matrix appears to be involved in the tumor suppressive activity of KLF6 protein.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1131-1147
Number of pages17
JournalJournal of the National Cancer Institute
Issue number15
StatePublished - Aug 4 2010

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Oncology
  • Cancer Research


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