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Eur J Cancer. 2003 Mar;39(4):517-23.

E-cadherin expression is silenced by DNA methylation in cervical cancer cell lines and tumours.

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  • 1Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, First Hospital of Peking University, Beijing, China.


A previous study showed E-cadherin expression was lost in some cervical cancer cell lines and tumours. This study was designed to clarify the significance of DNA methylation in silencing E-cadherin expression. We examined promoter methylation of E-cadherin in five cervical cancer cell lines and 20 cervical cancer tissues using methylation-specific PCR (MSP) and bisulphite DNA sequencing. The correlation of E-cadherin methylation and expression together with methyltransferase (DNMT1) were further studied. We found that hypermethylation of E-cadherin was involved in five cervical cancer cell lines and 40% (8/20) of cervical cancer tissues. E-cadherin protein was lost in 6/8 (75%) samples and 3/5 (60%) cell lines with promoter methylation. E-cadherin methylation was significantly correlated with increased DNMT1. Using an antisense DNMT1 oligo to transfect into SiHa HeLa C33A cell line, E-cadherin protein was re-expressed. We concluded that loss of E-cadherin expression was in part correlated with DNA methylation and DNMT1 expression in cervical cancer.

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