Immunohistochemical analysis of RNA-induced silencing complex-related proteins AGO2 and TNRC6A in prostate and esophageal cancers

Authors: YOO, NAM JIN; HUR, SOO YOUNG; KIM, MIN SUNG1; LEE, JI YOUL2; LEE, SUG HYUNG1

Source: Apmis, Volume 118, Number 4, April 2010 , pp. 271-276(6)

Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell

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Yoo NJ, Hur SY, Kim MS, Lee JY, Lee SH. Immunohistochemical analysis of RNA-induced silencing complex-related proteins AGO2 and TNRC6A in prostate and esophageal cancers. APMIS 2010; 118: 271–6.

Evidence exists that microRNA (miRNA), which regulates gene expression, is frequently deregulated in cancers. A mature miRNA directs a RNA-induced silencing complex (RISC) to its target messenger RNA, and causes inhibition of gene transcription. Ago proteins and TNRC proteins are main components of the RISC and participate in miRNA-induced gene silencing. However, expression status of Ago and TNRC proteins has not yet been studied in human cancer tissues. In this study, we attempted to explore whether expressions of Ago2 and TNRC6A are altered in prostate carcinomas (PCA) and esophageal squamous cell carcinomas (ESCC). We analyzed the expression of Ago2 and TNRC6A in 107 PCA and 58 ESCC tissues by immunohistochemistry using a tissue microarray (TMA) method. In the prostate, Ago2 was not expressed in normal glandular cells, while it was expressed in 50.0% of prostate intraepithelial neoplasia (PIN) and 57.0% of the PCA. TNRC6A was not expressed in normal prostate cells, while it was expressed in 55.0% of the PIN and 63.6% of the PCA in cytoplasm and nucleus. In the esophagus, neither Ago2 nor TNRC6A was expressed in normal squamous cells, while Ago2 and TNRC6A were expressed in 58.6% and 62.1% of the ESCC, respectively. However, neither the expression of Ago2 or TNRC6A was associated with pathologic characteristics of the cancers, including age, sex, Gleason score (PCA) and stage. The increased expressions of Ago2 and TNRC6A in both PCA and ESCC compared with their normal cells suggested that over-expression of these proteins may be related to miRNA functions and might play a role in tumorigenesis of PCA and ESCC.

Keywords: Ago2; TNRC6A; esophageal squamous cell carcinoma; expression; miRNA; prostate carcinoma

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1600-0463.2010.02588.x

Affiliations: 1: Departments of Pathology 2: Urology, College of Medicine, The Catholic University of Korea, Seoul, Korea

Publication date: April 1, 2010

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