15-hydroxyprostaglandin dehydrogenase is down-regulated in colorectal cancer

Michael G. Backlund, Jason R. Mann, Vijaykumar R. Holla, F. Gregory Buchanan, Hsin Hsiung Tai, Erik S. Musiek, Ginger L. Milne, Sharada Katkuri, Raymond N. DuBois

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    Prostaglandin E2 (PGE2) can stimulate tumor progression by modulating several proneoplastic pathways, including proliferation, angiogenesis, cell migration, invasion, and apoptosis. Although steady-state tissue levels of PGE2 stem from relative rates of biosynthesis and breakdown, most reports examining PGE2 have focused solely on the cyclooxygenase-dependent formation of this bioactive lipid. Enzymatic degradation of PGE2 involves the NAD+-dependent 15-hydroxyprostaglandin dehydrogenase (15-PGDH). The present study examined a range of normal tissues in the human and mouse and found high levels of 15-PGDH in the large intestine. By contrast, the expression of 15-PGDH is decreased in several colorectal carcinoma cell lines and in other human malignancies such as breast and lung carcinomas. Consistent with these findings, we observe diminished 15-Pgdh expression in ApcMin+/- mouse adenomas. Enzymatic activity of 15-PGDH correlates with expression levels and the genetic disruption of 15-Pgdh completely blocks production of the urinary PGE2 metabolite. Finally, 15-PGDH expression and activity are significantly down-regulated in human colorectal carcinomas relative to matched normal tissue. In summary, these results suggest a novel tumor suppressive role for 15-PGDH due to loss of expression during colorectal tumor progression.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)3217-3223
    Number of pages7
    JournalJournal of Biological Chemistry
    Issue number5
    StatePublished - Feb 4 2005

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Biochemistry
    • Molecular Biology
    • Cell Biology

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