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Clin Cancer Res. 2011 Dec 15;17(24):7551-62. doi: 10.1158/1078-0432.CCR-11-1026. Epub 2011 Oct 6.

Epigenetic alteration of PRKCDBP in colorectal cancers and its implication in tumor cell resistance to TNFα-induced apoptosis.

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  • 1School of Life Sciences and Biotechnology, Korea University, Seoul 136-701, Republic of Korea.



PRKCDBP is a putative tumor suppressor in which alteration has been observed in several human cancers. We investigated expression and function of PRKCDBP in colorectal cells and tissues to explore its candidacy as a suppressor in colorectal tumorigenesis.


Expression and methylation status of PRKCDBP and its effect on tumor growth were evaluated. Transcriptional regulation by NF-κB signaling was defined by luciferase reporter and chromatin immunoprecipitation assays.


PRKCDBP expression was hardly detectable in 29 of 80 (36%) primary tumors and 11 of 19 (58%) cell lines, and its alteration correlated with tumor stage and grade. Promoter hypermethylation was commonly found in cancers. PRKCDBP expression induced the G(1) cell-cycle arrest and increased cellular sensitivity to various apoptotic stresses. PRKCDBP was induced by TNFα, and its level correlated with tumor cell sensitivity to TNFα-induced apoptosis. PRKCDBP induction by TNFα was disrupted by blocking NF-κB signaling while it was enhanced by RelA transfection. The PRKCDBP promoter activity was increased in response to TNFα, and this response was abolished by disruption of a κB site in the promoter. PRKCDBP delayed the formation and growth of xenograft tumors and improved tumor response to TNFα-induced apoptosis.


PRKCDBP is a proapoptotic tumor suppressor which is commonly altered in colorectal cancer by promoter hypermethylation, and its gene transcription is directly activated by NF-κB in response to TNFα. This suggests that PRKCDBP inactivation may contribute to tumor progression by reducing cellular sensitivity to TNFα and other stresses, particularly under chronic inflammatory microenvironment.

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