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Experimental cell research  2010;316(10):1706-1715.
12-lipoxygenase, an arachidonic acid metabolizing enzyme of the lipoxygenase pathway, has been implicated as a major factor in promoting prostate cancer progression and metastasis. The ability of 12-LOX to aggravate the disease was linked to its proangiogenic role. Recent studies clearly demonstrated that 12-LOX enhances the expression and secretion of the angiogenic factor, vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) thus providing a direct link between this enzyme and its angiogenic properties. In the present study we have investigated the relationship between 12-LOX and hypoxia inducible factor-1α (HIF-1α), a transcription factor involved in the regulation of VEGF expression under hypoxic conditions in solid tumors. Our findings have revealed that HIF-1 is one of the target transcription factors regulated by 12-LOX and 12(S)-HETE, in hypoxic tumor cells of the prostate. Regulation of HIF-1α by 12-LOX adds to the complexity of pathways mediated by this enzyme in promoting prostate cancer angiogenesis and metastasis. We have evidence that 12-LOX increases the protein level, mRNA, and functional activity of HIF-1α under hypoxic conditions, one of the mechanisms by which it upregulates VEGF secretion and activity.
PMCID: PMC3420817  PMID: 20303950
12-Lipoxygenase; Hypoxia Inducible Factor-1α (HIF-1α); angiogenesis; prostate cancer; hypoxia
2.  Sphingosine-1-phosphate receptor-3 signaling up-regulates epidermal growth factor receptor and enhances epidermal growth factor receptor-mediated carcinogenic activities in cultured lung adenocarcinoma cells 
International journal of oncology  2012;40(5):1619-1626.
Sphingosine-1-phosphate (S1P) regulates a wide array of biological functions. However, the role of S1P signaling in tumorigenesis remains to be elucidated. In this study, we show that S1P receptor subtype 3 (S1P3) is markedly up-regulated in a subset of lung adenocarcinoma cells compared to normal lung epithelial cells. Specific knockdown of S1P3 receptors inhibits proliferation and anchorage-independent growth of lung adenocarcinoma cells. Mechanistically, we demonstrate that S1P3 signaling increases epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) expression via the Rho kinase (ROCK) pathway in lung adenocarcinoma cells. Nuclear run-off analysis indicates that S1P/S1P3 signaling transcriptionally increases EGFR expression. Knockdown of S1P3 receptors diminishes the S1P-stimulated EGFR expression in lung adenocarcinoma cells. Moreover, S1P treatment greatly enhances EGF-stimulated colony formation, proliferation and invasion of lung adenocarcinoma cells. Together, these results suggest that the enhanced S1P3-EGFR signaling axis may contribute to the tumorigenesis or progression of lung adenocarcinomas.
PMCID: PMC3797598  PMID: 22344462
sphingosine-1-phosphate; sphingosine-1-phosphate receptor subtype 3; epidermal growth factor; epidermal growth factor receptor; S1P3; lung carcinoma
3.  Downregulation of Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor and Induction of Tumor Dormancy by 15-lipoxygenase-2 in Prostate Cancer 
The enzyme 15-lipoxygenase-2 (15-LOX-2) utilizes arachidonic acid, a polyunsaturated fatty acid, to synthesize 15(S)-hydroxyeicosatetraenoic acid (HETE). Abundantly expressed in normal prostate epithelium but frequently suppressed in the cancerous tissues, 15-LOX-2 has been suggested as a functional suppressor of prostate cancer, but the mechanism(s) involved remains unknown. To study the functional role of 15-LOX-2 in prostate cancer, we expressed 15-LOX-2 as a fusion protein with GFP in DU145 and PC-3 cells and found that 15-LOX-2 increased cell cycle arrest at G0/G1 phase. When injected into athymic nu/nu mice, prostate cancer cells with 15-LOX-2 expression could still form palpable tumors without significant changes in tumorigenicity. But, the tumors with 15-LOX-2 expression grew significantly slower than those derived from vector controls and were kept dormant for a long period of time. Histological evaluation revealed an increase in cell death in tumors derived from prostate cancer cells with 15-LOX-2 expression, while in vitro cell culture conditions, no such increase in apoptosis was observed. Further studies found that the expression of vascular endothelial growth factor A (VEGF-A) was significantly reduced in prostate cancer cells with 15-LOX-2 expression restored. Our studies suggest that 15-LOX-2 suppresses VEGF gene expression and sustains tumor dormancy in prostate cancer. Loss of 15-LOX-2 functionalities, therefore, represents a key step for prostate cancer cells to exit from dormancy and embark on malignant progression in vivo.
PMCID: PMC2913418  PMID: 19089921
tumor dormancy; angiogenesis; lipoxygenase; prostate cancer; VEGF

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