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Oncol Lett. 2010 Sep;1(5):865-872. Epub 2010 Sep 1.

Methylated BNIP3 gene in colorectal cancer prognosis.

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Department of Surgical Oncology, Tokyo Medical and Dental University, Tokyo 113-8519, Japan.


The DNA methylation of apoptosis-related genes in various cancers contributes to the disruption of the apoptotic pathway and results in resistance to chemotherapeutic agents. Irinotecan (CPT-11) is one of the key chemotherapy drugs used to treat metastatic colorectal cancer (CRC). However, a number of metastatic CRC patients do not benefit from this drug. Thus, the identification of molecular genetic parameters associated with the response to CPT-11 is of interest. To identify apoptosis-related genes that may contribute to CPT-11 resistance, microarray analysis was conducted using colon cancer cells in which 5-aza-2'deoxycytidine (DAC) enhanced sensitivity to CPT-11. Microarray analysis identified 10 apoptosis-related genes that were up-regulated following treatment with DAC. Among the genes, Bcl-2/adenovirus E1B 19 kDa protein interacting protein 3 (BNIP3), a Bcl-2 family pro-apoptotic protein, was identified as being involved in CPT-11 resistance following methylation of its promoter. An analysis of 112 primary CRC cases revealed that approximately 58% of cases showed BNIP3 methylation, and that patients with methylation exhibited a poorer outcome compared to those without methylation. In addition, in 30 patients who received first-line CPT-11 chemotherapy, patients with methylation exhibited resistance to chemotherapy compared to patients with no methylation. The results suggest that methylation of BNIP3 is a predictive factor in the prognosis and response to CPT-11 treatment in CRC patients.

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