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Cancer Cell. 2007 Nov;12(5):419-31.

Integrative genomics analysis reveals silencing of beta-adrenergic signaling by polycomb in prostate cancer.

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Department of Pathology, Michigan Center for Translational Pathology, University of Michigan Medical School, Ann Arbor, MI 48109, USA.


The Polycomb group (PcG) protein EZH2 possesses oncogenic properties for which the underlying mechanism is unclear. We integrated in vitro cell line, in vivo tumor profiling, and genome-wide location data to nominate key targets of EZH2. One of the candidates identified was ADRB2 (Adrenergic Receptor, Beta-2), a critical mediator of beta-adrenergic signaling. EZH2 is recruited to the ADRB2 promoter and represses ADRB2 expression. ADRB2 inhibition confers cell invasion and transforms benign prostate epithelial cells, whereas ADRB2 overexpression counteracts EZH2-mediated oncogenesis. ADRB2 is underexpressed in metastatic prostate cancer, and clinically localized tumors that express lower levels of ADRB2 exhibit a poor prognosis. Taken together, we demonstrate the power of integrating multiple diverse genomic data to decipher targets of disease-related genes.

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