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Azoxymethane-induced pre-adipocyte factor 1 (Pref-1) functions as a differentiation inhibitor in colonic epithelial cells

Mei Dong, Kishore Guda, Prashant R. Nambiar, Masako Nakanishi, Alexander C. Lichtler, Mitsuo Nishikawa, Charles Giardina and Daniel W. Rosenberg

in Carcinogenesis

Volume 25, issue 11, pages 2239-2246
Published in print November 2004 | ISSN: 0143-3334
Published online November 2004 | e-ISSN: 1460-2180 | DOI:
Azoxymethane-induced pre-adipocyte factor 1 (Pref-1) functions as a differentiation inhibitor in colonic epithelial cells

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Inbred mice differ dramatically in their sensitivity to the colon carcinogen, azoxymethane (AOM). Identifying genes associated with this differential susceptibility in mice may ultimately reveal molecular mechanisms responsible for colon carcinogenesis. A cDNA array approach was taken to study gene expression changes induced by AOM in the colons of sensitive (A/J) and resistant (AKR) mice. Among the genes represented on the array, pre-adipocyte factor 1 (Pref-1), associated previously with suppression of adipocyte differentiation, was induced specifically by AOM in the distal colons of sensitive A/J mice (5.4-fold). Reverse transcription–PCR followed by sequence analysis revealed the presence of four alternative splice variants of Pref-1 mRNA in the colon. The potential significance of Pref-1 in colon tumorigenesis was explored in colon cancer cells infected with a retroviral construct containing the major splice variant. Over-expression of Pref-1A in HT-29 cells led to a marked resistance to butyrate-induced differentiation and growth inhibition. Our data indicate that Pref-1, a protein that suppresses differentiation and promotes colonocyte growth, may account in part for the sensitivity of A/J mice to AOM-induced carcinogenesis. In addition, detection of Pref-1 in a human colon tumor cell line suggests that it may also participate in human colon tumorigenesis.

Keywords: AOM, azoxymethane; BrdU, bromodeoxyuridine; EGF, epidermal growth factor; EGR1, early growth response factor 1; IIP-1, interferon inducible protein 1; IRF-1, interferon response factor 7; Pref-1, pre-adipocyte factor 1

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Subjects: Clinical Cytogenetics and Molecular Genetics

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