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Title: Epithelial to mesenchymal transition in arsenic-transformed cells promotes angiogenesis through activating β-catenin–vascular endothelial growth factor pathway

Abstract

Arsenic exposure represents a major health concern increasing cancer risks, yet the mechanism of arsenic carcinogenesis has not been elucidated. We and others recently reported that cell malignant transformation by arsenic is accompanied by epithelial to mesenchymal transition (EMT). However, the role of EMT in arsenic carcinogenesis is not well understood. Although previous studies showed that short term exposure of endothelial cells to arsenic stimulated angiogenesis, it remains to be determined whether cells that were malignantly transformed by long term arsenic exposure have a pro-angiogenic effect. The objective of this study was to investigate the effect of arsenic-transformed human bronchial epithelial cells that underwent EMT on angiogenesis and the underlying mechanism. It was found that the conditioned medium from arsenic-transformed cells strongly stimulated tube formation by human umbilical vein endothelial cells (HUVECs). Moreover, enhanced angiogenesis was detected in mouse xenograft tumor tissues resulting from inoculation of arsenic-transformed cells. Mechanistic studies revealed that β-catenin was activated in arsenic-transformed cells up-regulating its target gene expression including angiogenic-stimulating vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF). Stably expressing microRNA-200b in arsenic-transformed cells that reversed EMT inhibited β-catenin activation, decreased VEGF expression and reduced tube formation by HUVECs. SiRNA knockdown β-catenin decreased VEGF expression. Adding a VEGFmore » neutralizing antibody into the conditioned medium from arsenic-transformed cells impaired tube formation by HUVECs. Reverse transcriptase-PCR analysis revealed that the mRNA levels of canonical Wnt ligands were not increased in arsenic-transformed cells. These findings suggest that EMT in arsenic-transformed cells promotes angiogenesis through activating β-catenin–VEGF pathway. - Highlights: • Arsenic-transformed cells that underwent EMT displayed a pro-angiogenic effect. • EMT in arsenic-transformed cells activates β-catenin. • β-Catenin activation increases VEGF expression in arsenic-transformed cells. • β-Catenin activation is likely independent of canonical Wnt signaling. • EMT in arsenic-transformed cells promotes angiogenesis via β-catenin–VEGF pathway.« less

Authors:
; ;  [1];  [2];  [1];  [3]
  1. Department of Physiology, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI 48824 (United States)
  2. Institute for Chemical Carcinogenesis, State Key Laboratory of Respiratory Diseases, Guangzhou Medical University, Guangzhou 510182 (China)
  3. (United States)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
22285354
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Toxicology and Applied Pharmacology; Journal Volume: 271; Journal Issue: 1; Other Information: Copyright (c) 2013 Elsevier Science B.V., Amsterdam, The Netherlands, All rights reserved.; Country of input: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
60 APPLIED LIFE SCIENCES; ANGIOGENESIS; ARSENIC; CARCINOGENESIS; GROWTH FACTORS; MESSENGER-RNA; MICE; NEOPLASMS; VEINS

Citation Formats

Wang, Zhishan, Humphries, Brock, Xiao, Hua, Jiang, Yiguo, Yang, Chengfeng, E-mail: yangcf@msu.edu, and Center for Integrative Toxicology, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI 48824. Epithelial to mesenchymal transition in arsenic-transformed cells promotes angiogenesis through activating β-catenin–vascular endothelial growth factor pathway. United States: N. p., 2013. Web. doi:10.1016/J.TAAP.2013.04.018.
Wang, Zhishan, Humphries, Brock, Xiao, Hua, Jiang, Yiguo, Yang, Chengfeng, E-mail: yangcf@msu.edu, & Center for Integrative Toxicology, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI 48824. Epithelial to mesenchymal transition in arsenic-transformed cells promotes angiogenesis through activating β-catenin–vascular endothelial growth factor pathway. United States. doi:10.1016/J.TAAP.2013.04.018.
Wang, Zhishan, Humphries, Brock, Xiao, Hua, Jiang, Yiguo, Yang, Chengfeng, E-mail: yangcf@msu.edu, and Center for Integrative Toxicology, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI 48824. Thu . "Epithelial to mesenchymal transition in arsenic-transformed cells promotes angiogenesis through activating β-catenin–vascular endothelial growth factor pathway". United States. doi:10.1016/J.TAAP.2013.04.018.
@article{osti_22285354,
title = {Epithelial to mesenchymal transition in arsenic-transformed cells promotes angiogenesis through activating β-catenin–vascular endothelial growth factor pathway},
author = {Wang, Zhishan and Humphries, Brock and Xiao, Hua and Jiang, Yiguo and Yang, Chengfeng, E-mail: yangcf@msu.edu and Center for Integrative Toxicology, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI 48824},
abstractNote = {Arsenic exposure represents a major health concern increasing cancer risks, yet the mechanism of arsenic carcinogenesis has not been elucidated. We and others recently reported that cell malignant transformation by arsenic is accompanied by epithelial to mesenchymal transition (EMT). However, the role of EMT in arsenic carcinogenesis is not well understood. Although previous studies showed that short term exposure of endothelial cells to arsenic stimulated angiogenesis, it remains to be determined whether cells that were malignantly transformed by long term arsenic exposure have a pro-angiogenic effect. The objective of this study was to investigate the effect of arsenic-transformed human bronchial epithelial cells that underwent EMT on angiogenesis and the underlying mechanism. It was found that the conditioned medium from arsenic-transformed cells strongly stimulated tube formation by human umbilical vein endothelial cells (HUVECs). Moreover, enhanced angiogenesis was detected in mouse xenograft tumor tissues resulting from inoculation of arsenic-transformed cells. Mechanistic studies revealed that β-catenin was activated in arsenic-transformed cells up-regulating its target gene expression including angiogenic-stimulating vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF). Stably expressing microRNA-200b in arsenic-transformed cells that reversed EMT inhibited β-catenin activation, decreased VEGF expression and reduced tube formation by HUVECs. SiRNA knockdown β-catenin decreased VEGF expression. Adding a VEGF neutralizing antibody into the conditioned medium from arsenic-transformed cells impaired tube formation by HUVECs. Reverse transcriptase-PCR analysis revealed that the mRNA levels of canonical Wnt ligands were not increased in arsenic-transformed cells. These findings suggest that EMT in arsenic-transformed cells promotes angiogenesis through activating β-catenin–VEGF pathway. - Highlights: • Arsenic-transformed cells that underwent EMT displayed a pro-angiogenic effect. • EMT in arsenic-transformed cells activates β-catenin. • β-Catenin activation increases VEGF expression in arsenic-transformed cells. • β-Catenin activation is likely independent of canonical Wnt signaling. • EMT in arsenic-transformed cells promotes angiogenesis via β-catenin–VEGF pathway.},
doi = {10.1016/J.TAAP.2013.04.018},
journal = {Toxicology and Applied Pharmacology},
number = 1,
volume = 271,
place = {United States},
year = {Thu Aug 15 00:00:00 EDT 2013},
month = {Thu Aug 15 00:00:00 EDT 2013}
}
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