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Mol Med Rep. 2018 Apr;17(4):4899-4908. doi: 10.3892/mmr.2018.8535. Epub 2018 Feb 1.

Metastasis-associated protein 2 promotes the metastasis of non-small cell lung carcinoma by regulating the ERK/AKT and VEGF signaling pathways.

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Department of Respiratory Disease, The Second Affiliated Hospital, Zhejiang University College of Medicine, Hangzhou, Zhejiang 120070, P.R. China.
Department of Respiratory Disease, The First Hospital of Jiaxing, Jiaxing, Zhejiang 320090, P.R. China.


Non-small cell lung carcinoma (NSCLC) is the most common cause of cancer‑associated mortality in the world and accounts for ~85% of human lung cancers. Metastasis‑associated protein 2 (MTA2) is a component of the histone deacetylase complex and serves a role in tumor progression; however, the mechanism through which MTA2 is involved in the progression of NSCLC remains unclear. The aim of the present study was to investigate the expression and function of MTA2 and the MTA2‑mediated signaling pathway in NSCLC cells. Expression of MTA2 and its target genes was analyzed in MTA2‑overexpressing and anti‑MTA2 antibody (AbMTA2)‑treated NSCLC cells, as well as growth, migration, invasion and apoptotic‑resistance. The inhibitory effects on tumor formation were analyzed using AbMTA2‑treated NSCLC cells and in a mouse model. Histological assessment was conducted to analyze the expressions levels of extracellular signal‑regulated kinase (ERK), RAC‑α serine/threonine protein kinase (AKT) and vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) in experimental tumors. Results of the present study demonstrated that MTA2 was overexpressed in NSCLC cells. The growth, migration and invasion of NSCLC cells were markedly inhibited by AbMTA2. In addition, it was observed that the ERK/AKT and VEGF signaling pathways were both upregulated in MTA2‑overexpressing NSCLC cells, and downregulated following silencing of MTA2 activation. ERK and AKT phosphorylation levels were downregulated in NSCLC cells and tumors following MTA2 silencing. The in vivo study demonstrated that tumor growth was markedly inhibited following siRNA‑MTA2 treatment. In conclusion, the results of the present study suggested that MTA2 silencing may significantly inhibit the growth and aggressiveness of NSCLC cells. Results from the present study indicated that the mechanism underlying the MTA2‑mediated invasive potential of NSCLC cells involved the ERK/AKT and VEGF signaling pathways, which may be a potential therapeutic target for the treatment of NSCLC.

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