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See detailIdentification of the active gene coding for the metastasis-associated 37LRP/p40 multifunctional protein.
Clausse, Nathalie; Jackers, Pascale ULg; Jares, P. et al

in DNA & Cell Biology (1996), 15(12), 1009-23

A 37LRP/p40 polypeptide is of major interest because it is consistently up-regulated in cancer cells in correlation with their invasive and metastatic phenotype. Furthermore, this polypeptide presents ... [more ▼]

A 37LRP/p40 polypeptide is of major interest because it is consistently up-regulated in cancer cells in correlation with their invasive and metastatic phenotype. Furthermore, this polypeptide presents intriguing multifunctional properties because it has been characterized as the precursor of the metastasis-associated 67-kD laminin receptor (67LR) and as a cytoplasmic ribosomal-associated protein. The isolation of the 37LRP/p40 gene is a prerequisite for identifying the molecular mechanisms responsible for the constant up-regulation of the 67LR expression in cancer cells. To date, the active 37LRP/p40 gene has never been identified in any species due to the existence of multiple pseudogenes in most vertebrates genomes. In this study, we report for the first time the gene structure and potential regulatory sequences of the 37 LRP/p40 gene. The chicken genome was selected to undergo this characterization because it is the only known vertebrate that bears a single 37 LRP/p40 gene copy. The 37 LRP/p40 active gene is composed of 7 exons and 6 introns and bears features characteristic of a ribosomal protein gene. It does not bear a classical TATA box and it exhibits several transcription initiation sites as demonstrated by RNase protection assay and primer extension. Analysis of potential regulatory regions suggests that gene expression is driven not only by the 5' genomic region but also by the 5' untranslated and intron 1 sequences. On the basis of gene structure and extensive protein evolutionary study, we found that the carboxyterminal domain of the protein is a conserved lock-and-key structure/function domain that could be involved in the biosynthesis of the higher-molecular-weight 67-kD laminin receptor in vertebrates, whereas the central core of the protein would be responsible for the ribosome associated function. The first identification of the active 37LRP/p40 gene presented in this study is a critical step toward the isolation of the corresponding human gene and the understanding of the molecular mechanisms involved in the up-regulation of its expression during tumor invasion and metastasis. [less ▲]

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See detailDetection of Bone Sialoprotein in Human Breast Cancer Tissue and Cell Lines at Both Protein and Messenger Ribonucleic Acid Levels
Bellahcene, Akeila ULg; Antoine, Nadine ULg; Clausse, N. et al

in Laboratory Investigation : Journal of Technical Methods & Pathology (1996), 75(2), 203-10

The recent demonstration that bone sialoprotein (BSP) can be detected in human breast cancer tissue by immunoperoxidase suggests that this phosphoprotein is ectopically expressed by malignant mammary ... [more ▼]

The recent demonstration that bone sialoprotein (BSP) can be detected in human breast cancer tissue by immunoperoxidase suggests that this phosphoprotein is ectopically expressed by malignant mammary epithelial cells. Its detection in human breast cancer cells raises questions about its potential role(s) during breast cancer progression. Because BSP is secreted and is present in the serum, the positivity of breast cancer cells for BSP could have been the result of an uptake of the circulating phosphoprotein by the cells rather than of an intrinsic expression. We examined the expression of BSP at both the protein and mRNA levels in nine human breast cancer samples as well as in three human breast cancer cell lines (MCF-7, T47-D, and MDA-MB-231) using immunohistochemistry, flow cytometric analysis, immunoblot, and reverse-transcriptase PCR. BSP was detected at both protein and mRNA levels in human breast cancer tissue and in the three human breast cancer cell lines. Using a specific polyclonal anti-BSP antibody, we showed by both fluorescence-activated cell sorter analysis and immunohistochemistry experiments that all of the human breast cancer cell lines studied express BSP. This was localized at the cell surface and in the cytosol of the estrogen receptor-positive MCF-7 and T47-D cell lines, whereas it was detected only in the cytosol of the estrogen receptor-negative MDA-MB-231 cells. Using the same polyclonal anti-BSP antibody, we were able to identify an approximately 97-kd band on total protein extracts from the three cell lines by immunoblotting. Reverse-transcriptase PCR reactions using specific oligonucleotides performed on total RNA of nine human breast cancer biopsy samples and the three cell lines demonstrated the presence of BSP mRNA in all of the samples examined. This study is the first demonstration that human malignant breast epithelial cell lines express BSP at the protein and mRNA levels. Our study identified MCF-7, T47-D, and MDA-MB-231 cells as useful models for the examination of the molecular mechanisms involved in the ectopic expression of BSP in breast malignant lesions. [less ▲]

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