Regulation of prostaglandin transporters in colorectal neoplasia

Vijaykumar R. Holla, Michael G. Backlund, Peying Yang, Robert A. Newman, Raymond N. DuBois

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Prostaglandin E2 (PGE2) promotes cancer progression by affecting cell proliferation, apoptosis, angiogenesis, and the immune response. It has been reported that PGE2 is transported or passes through the cell membrane via prostaglandin-specific transporters including the prostaglandin transporter (PGT, an influx transporter) and the multidrug resistance-associated protein 4 (an efflux transporter). PGT can facilitate the removal of PGE2 from the extracellular milieu by transporting it into the cell, where 15-hydroxyprostaglandin dehydrogenase (15-PGDH) then oxidizes PGE2 into 15-keto PGE2. We previously reported that 15-PGDH expression is reduced in most colorectal cancers, indicating the tumor suppressor role of this gene. In the present study, we show that PGT expression is also decreased (whereas multidrug resistance-associated protein 4 expression is elevated) in human colorectal cancer specimens (compared with expression in normal mucosa) and in colorectal cancer cell lines. Furthermore, we found that PGT expression decreased in premalignant adenomas in Apcmin mice and was partially restored (in human colorectal cancer cell lines) by treatment with a DNAd emethylating agent or histone deacetylase inhibitor. Forced PGT overexpression in vitro reduced extracellular PGE2 levels and increased intracellular levels of its catabolic product 15-keto PGE2. Our data suggest that the existing model to explain increased PGE2 in colorectal neoplasia should be modified to include the novel mechanism of coordinated up- and down-regulation of genes involved in PGE2 transport.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)93-99
Number of pages7
JournalCancer Prevention Research
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jul 2008
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • Cancer Research


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