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1.  Platelet-type 12-lipoxygenase induces MMP9 expression and cellular invasion via activation of PI3K/Akt/NF-κB 
Prostate cancer is the most frequently diagnosed cancer and the second leading cause of death in males in the United States. Using human prostate cancer specimens, the authors have previously shown that elevated expression levels of 12-lipoxygenase (12-LOX) occurred more frequently in advanced stage, high-grade prostate cancer, suggesting that 12-LOX expression is associated with carcinoma progression and invasion. Previous reports from their group and others have shown that 12-LOX is a positive modulator of invasion and metastasis; however, the mechanism remains unclear. In this work, a new link between 12-LOX and the matrix metalloproteinase 9 (MMP9) in prostate cancer angiogenesis is reported. This study demonstrated that overexpression of 12-LOX in prostate cancer PC-3 cells resulted in elevated expression of MMP9 mRNA, protein and secretion. Exogenous addition of 12(S)-hydroxy eicosatetraenoic acid, the sole and stable end product of arachidonic acid metabolism by 12-LOX, is able to increase MMP9 expression in wild-type PC-3 cells. Furthermore, using pharmacological and genetic inhibition approaches, it was found that 12-LOX activates phosphoinositol 3 kinase (PI3K)/Akt, which results in nuclear factor-kappa B (NF-κB)-driven MMP9 expression, ensuing in enhanced chemoattraction of endothelial cells. Specific inhibitors of 12-LOX, PI3K or NF-κB inhibited MMP9 expression in 12-LOX-expressing PC-3 cells and resulted in the blockade of the migratory ability of endothelial cells. In summary, the authors have identified a new pathway by which overexpression of 12-LOX in prostate cancer cells leads to augmented production of MMP9 via activation of PI3K/Akt/NF-κB signaling. The role of 12-LOX-mediated MMP9 secretion in endothelial cell migration may account for the proangiogenic function of 12-LOX in prostate cancer.
PMCID: PMC4269488  PMID: 23526143
12-lipoxygenase; matrix metalloproteinase; MMP9; NF-κB; prostate cancer; angiogenesis
2.  Protease-activated receptors (PARs)—biology and role in cancer invasion and metastasis 
Cancer Metastasis Reviews  2015;34:775-796.
Although many studies have demonstrated that components of the hemostatic system may be involved in signaling leading to cancer progression, the potential mechanisms by which they contribute to cancer dissemination are not yet precisely understood. Among known coagulant factors, tissue factor (TF) and thrombin play a pivotal role in cancer invasion. They may be generated in the tumor microenvironment independently of blood coagulation and can induce cell signaling through activation of protease-activated receptors (PARs). PARs are transmembrane G-protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs) that are activated by a unique proteolytic mechanism. They play important roles in vascular physiology, neural tube closure, hemostasis, and inflammation. All of these agents (TF, thrombin, PARs—mainly PAR-1 and PAR-2) are thought to promote cancer invasion and metastasis at least in part by facilitating tumor cell migration, angiogenesis, and interactions with host vascular cells, including platelets, fibroblasts, and endothelial cells lining blood vessels. Here, we discuss the role of PARs and their activators in cancer progression, focusing on TF- and thrombin-mediated actions. Therapeutic options tailored specifically to inhibit PAR-induced signaling in cancer patients are presented as well.
PMCID: PMC4661218  PMID: 26573921
PAR-1; PAR-2; Tissue factor; Thrombin; Cancer invasion; Metastasis; Microenvironment
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
4.  Convergence of eicosanoid and integrin biology: 12-lipoxygenase seeks a partner 
Molecular Cancer  2015;14:111.
Integrins and enzymes of the eicosanoid pathway are both well-established contributors to cancer. However, this is the first report of the interdependence of the two signaling systems. In a screen for proteins that interacted with, and thereby potentially regulated, the human platelet-type 12-lipoxygenase (12-LOX, ALOX12), we identified the integrin β4 (ITGB4).
Using a cultured mammalian cell model, we have demonstrated that ITGB4 stimulation leads to recruitment of 12-LOX from the cytosol to the membrane where it physically interacts with the integrin to become enzymatically active to produce 12(S)-HETE, a known bioactive lipid metabolite that regulates numerous cancer phenotypes.
The net effect of the interaction was the prevention of cell death in response to starvation. Additionally, regulation of β4-mediated, EGF-stimulated invasion was shown to be dependent on 12-LOX, and downstream Erk signaling in response to ITGB4 activation also required 12-LOX.
This is the first report of an enzyme of the eicosanoid pathway being recruited to and regulated by activated β4 integrin. Integrin β4 has recently been shown to induce expansion of prostate tumor progenitors and there is a strong correlation between stage/grade of prostate cancer and 12-LOX expression. The 12-LOX enzymatic product, 12(S)-HETE, regulates angiogenesis and cell migration in many cancer types. Therefore, disruption of integrin β4-12LOX interaction could reduce the pro-inflammatory oncogenic activity of 12-LOX. This report on the consequences of 12-LOX and ITGB4 interaction sets a precedent for the linkage of integrin and eicosanoid biology through direct protein-protein association.
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The online version of this article (doi:10.1186/s12943-015-0382-5) contains supplementary material, which is available to authorized users.
PMCID: PMC4453211  PMID: 26037302
12-lipoxygenase; α6β4 integrin; Eicosanoid; Migration; Apoptosis
5.  Platelets and cancer: a casual or causal relationship: revisited 
Cancer metastasis reviews  2014;33(1):231-269.
Human platelets arise as subcellular fragments of megakaryocytes in bone marrow. The physiologic demand, presence of disease such as cancer, or drug effects can regulate the production circulating platelets. Platelet biology is essential to hemostasis, vascular integrity, angiogenesis, inflammation, innate immunity, wound healing, and cancer biology. The most critical biological platelet response is serving as “First Responders” during the wounding process. The exposure of extracellular matrix proteins and intracellular components occurs after wounding. Numerous platelet receptors recognize matrix proteins that trigger platelet activation, adhesion, aggregation, and stabilization. Once activated, platelets change shape and degranulate to release growth factors and bioactive lipids into the blood stream. This cyclic process recruits and aggregates platelets along with thrombogenesis. This process facilitates wound closure or can recognize circulating pathologic bodies. Cancer cell entry into the blood stream triggers platelet-mediated recognition and is amplified by cell surface receptors, cellular products, extracellular factors, and immune cells. In some cases, these interactions suppress immune recognition and elimination of cancer cells or promote arrest at the endothelium, or entrapment in the microvasculature, and survival. This supports survival and spread of cancer cells and the establishment of secondary lesions to serve as important targets for prevention and therapy.
PMCID: PMC4186918  PMID: 24696047
Platelet; TCIPA; Metastasis; Thrombosis; Extravasation; CTC
6.  Sphingosine-1-phosphate receptor-2 mediated NFκB activation contributes to tumor necrosis factor-α induced VCAM-1 and ICAM-1 expression in endothelial cells 
Prostaglandins & other lipid mediators  2013;0:10.1016/j.prostaglandins.2013.06.001.
Sphingosine-1-phosphate (S1P) regulates a wide array of biological functions in endothelial cells. We previously showed that S1P receptor subtype 2 (S1P2) is significantly up-regulated in the atherosclerotic endothelium (J. Biol. Chem. 283:30363, 2008). In this study, we investigated the roles of S1P2-mediated signaling in the proinflammatory responses of endothelial cells. Treatment with tumor necrosis factor-α (TNFα), a proinflammatory cytokine, increased the expression of S1P2 receptors in endothelial cells. TNFα treatment also enhanced sphingosine kinase 1 expression and increased S1P production. Pharmacological inhibition or knockdown of S1P2 receptors completely abrogated the TNFα-induced VCAM-1 (vascular cell adhesion molecule 1) and ICAM-1 (intercellular adhesion molecule 1) expression in endothelial cells. In contrast, pharmacological inhibition or knockdown of other S1P receptor subtypes had no effect on the TNFα-stimulated ICAM-1 and VCAM-1 expression. Moreover, ectopic expression of S1P2 receptors increased VCAM-1 and ICAM-1 expression in endothelial cells in response to S1P stimulation. Mechanistically, we show that antagonizing S1P2 signaling markedly inhibited the TNFα-stimulated NFκB activation. Utilizing the NFκB reporter luciferase assay, the S1P/S1P2 signaling was shown to stimulate NFκB activation. Moreover, the S1P/S1P2-stimulated VCAM-1/ICAM-1 expression was completely abolished by the pharmacological inhibitor of NFκB. Collectively, our data suggest that TNFα treatment activates autocrine S1P/S1P2 signaling, which subsequently activates NFκB and leads to the proinflammatory responses in endothelial cells.
PMCID: PMC3844125  PMID: 23770055
sphingosine-1-phosphate; S1P family of G-protein coupled receptor; sphingolipids; sphingosine kinase; vasculature
7.  The thromboxane synthase and receptor signaling pathway in cancer: an emerging paradigm in cancer progression and metastasis 
Cancer metastasis reviews  2011;30(0):397-408.
Thromboxane A2 (TXA2) is a biologically active metabolite of arachidonic acid formed by the action of the terminal synthase, thromboxane A2 synthase (TXA2S), on prostaglandin endoperoxide (PGH2). TXA2 is responsible for multiple biological processes through its cell surface receptor, the T-prostanoid (TP) receptor. Thromboxane A2 synthase and TP are the two necessary components for the functioning of this potent bioactive lipid. Thromboxane A2 is widely implicated in a range of cardiovascular diseases, owing to its acute and chronic effects in promoting platelet aggregation, vasoconstriction, and proliferation. In recent years, additional functional roles for both TXA2S and TP in cancer progression have been indicated. Increased cyclooxygenase (COX)-2 expression has been described in a variety of human cancers, which has focused attention on TXA2 as a downstream metabolite of the COX-2-derived PGH2. Several studies suggest potential involvement of TXA2S and TP in tumor progression, especially tumor cell proliferation, migration, and invasion that are key steps in cancer progression. In addition, the regulation of neovascularization by TP has been identified as a potent source of control during oncogenesis. There have been several recent reviews of TXA2S and TP but thus far none have discussed its role in cancer progression and metastasis in depth. This review will focus on some of the more recent findings and advances with a significant emphasis on understanding the functional role of TXA2S and TP in cancer progression and metastasis.
PMCID: PMC4175445  PMID: 22037941
Thromboxane synthase; Thromboxane receptor; Cyclooxygenase; Cancer progression; Metastasis; Angiogenesis; Cell migration; Apoptosis
8.  Significance of SHP-1 and SHP-2 Expression in Human Papillomavirus Infected Condyloma acuminatum and Cervical Cancer 
Pathology oncology research : POR  2008;14(4):365-371.
Human papillomaviruses (HPVs) are a group of DNA viruses that infect the skin and mucous membranes. Type HPV6/11 is closely related to Condyloma acuminatum, while HPV16/18 is the principal cause of cervical cancer. In this study, we examined the expression of protein tyrosine phosphatases SHP-1 and SHP-2 in Condyloma acuminatum, cervical cancer and the relationship between SHP-1/SHP2 expression and HPV infection. Forty Condyloma acuminatum cases, 20 cervical cancer cases and 20 normal human foreskins were examined for HPV infection by in situ hybridization and the expression of SHP-1 and SHP-2 were examined by immunohistochemistry. Results demonstrated that positive expression rates of HPV6/11, HPV16/18, and HPV31/33 were 98%, 10%, and 7.5% in Condyloma acuminatum, 10%, 85%, and 25% in cervical cancer. Only one normal foreskin demonstrated positive staining for HPV16/18. Positive expression rates of SHP-1 and SHP-2 were 80% and 85% in Condyloma acuminatum, 85% and 90% in cervical cancer. The SHP-1 and SHP-2 expressions were mainly distributed in the prickle layer of Condyloma acuminatum and were diffusely distributed in cervical cancer cells. Only 35% and 30% of foreskins demonstrated weak staining in the basal layer cells. There were statistically significant correlations among the infection of HPV and the expression of SHP-1 and SHP-2 in both Condyloma acuminatum and cervical cancer (P<0.05). SHP-1 expression has a positive correlation with SHP-2 expression. Our results demonstrate putative roles of SHP-1 and SHP-2 in the progression of both Condyloma acuminatum and cervical cancer after HPV infection.
PMCID: PMC4175450  PMID: 18543080
Cervical cancer; Condyloma acuminatum; Human papillomavirus; Protein tyrosine phosphatase
9.  Emerging targets in lipid-based therapy☆ 
Biochemical pharmacology  2012;85(5):673-688.
The use of prostaglandins and NSAIDS in the clinic has proven that lipid mediators and their associated pathways make attractive therapeutic targets. When contemplating therapies involving lipid pathways, several basic agents come to mind. There are the enzymes and accessory proteins that lead to the metabolism of lipid substrates, provided through diet or through actions of lipases, the subsequent lipid products, and finally the lipid sensors or receptors. There is abundant evidence that molecules along this lipid continuum can serve as prognostic and diagnostic indicators and are in fact viable therapeutic targets. Furthermore, lipids themselves can be used as therapeutics. Despite this, the vernacular dialog pertaining to “biomarkers” does not routinely include mention of lipids, though this is rapidly changing. Collectively these agents are becoming more appreciated for their respective roles in diverse disease processes from cancer to preterm labor and are receiving their due appreciation after decades of ground work in the lipid field. By relating examples of disease processes that result from dysfunction along the lipid continuum, as well as examples of lipid therapies and emerging technologies, this review is meant to inspire further reading and discovery.
PMCID: PMC4106802  PMID: 23261527
Cancer; Bioactive lipids; Raman; Therapeutics; Biomarkers; Drug synergism
10.  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
11.  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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