Id1 overexpression is independent of repression and epigenetic silencing of tumor suppressor genes in melanoma

Megan A. Healey, Staci L. Deaton, Jonathan Alder, Véronique Winnepenninckx, Robert A Casero, James G. Herman

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Abstract

The full molecular consequences of oncogene activation during tumorigenesis are not well understood, but several studies have recently linked oncogene activation to epigenetic silencing of specific genes.1,2 Transcriptional repressor Id1 is overexpressed in many malignancies including melanoma, and Id1 targets include tumor suppressor genes TSP1, CDKN2A (p16) and CDKN1A (p21), which are frequently epigenetically silenced in cancer. We confirmed that both TSP1 and CDKN2A have abnormal promoter region DNA methylation in primary melanoma, but the mechanism by which this silencing occurs remains unknown. here we explore the effects of stable lentiviral Id1 overexpression on the expression of these Id1 target genes in human melanoma cell lines. Overexpressed Id1 was functional and bound transcriptional activator E2a, but did not sequester E2a from gene promoters and repress gene expression. Therefore, these Id1 target genes were resistant to Id1-mediated gene silencing. Our results suggest that Id1 activation may need to occur at discrete stages in cooperation with additional gene dysregulation to repress and induce epigenetic silencing of tumor suppressor genes during melanoma progression.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalEpigenetics
Volume5
Issue number5
StatePublished - Jul 1 2010

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Epigenetic Repression
Tumor Suppressor Genes
Melanoma
Oncogenes
Epigenomics
Genes
Gene Silencing
DNA Methylation
Genetic Promoter Regions
Neoplasms
Carcinogenesis
Gene Expression
Cell Line

Keywords

  • DNA methylation
  • Id1
  • Melanoma
  • Oncogene
  • Thrombospondin

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Molecular Biology
  • Cancer Research

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Id1 overexpression is independent of repression and epigenetic silencing of tumor suppressor genes in melanoma. / Healey, Megan A.; Deaton, Staci L.; Alder, Jonathan; Winnepenninckx, Véronique; Casero, Robert A; Herman, James G.

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Healey, Megan A. ; Deaton, Staci L. ; Alder, Jonathan ; Winnepenninckx, Véronique ; Casero, Robert A ; Herman, James G. / Id1 overexpression is independent of repression and epigenetic silencing of tumor suppressor genes in melanoma. In: Epigenetics. 2010 ; Vol. 5, No. 5.
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