Down-regulation of MutS homolog 3 by hypoxia in human colorectal cancer

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Down-regulation of . hMSH3 is associated with elevated microsatellite alterations at selected tetranucleotide repeats and low levels of microsatellite instability in colorectal cancer (CRC). However, the mechanism that down-regulates . hMSH3 in CRC is not known. In this study, a significant association between over-expression of glucose transporter 1, a marker for hypoxia, and down-regulation of . hMSH3 in CRC tissues was observed. Therefore, we examined the effect of hypoxia on the expression of hMSH3 in human cell lines. When cells with wild type p53 (wt-p53) were exposed to hypoxia, rapid down-regulation of both . hMSH2 and . hMSH3 occurred. In contrast, when null or mutated p53 (null/mut-p53) cells were exposed to hypoxia, only . hMSH3 was down-regulated, and at slower rate than wt-p53 cells. Using a reporter assay, we found that disruption of the two putative hypoxia response elements (HREs) located within the promoter region of the . hMSH3 abrogated the suppressive effect of hypoxia on reporter activity regardless of p53 status. In an EMSA, two different forms of HIF-1α complexes that specifically bind to these HREs were detected. A larger complex containing HIF-1α predominantly bound to the HREs in hypoxic null/mut-p53 cells whereas a smaller complex predominated in wt-p53 cells. Finally, HIF-1α knockdown by siRNA significantly inhibited down-regulation of . hMSH3 by hypoxia in both wt-p53 and mut-p53 cells. Taken together, our results suggest that the binding of HIF-1α complexes to HRE sites is necessary for down-regulation of . hMSH3 in both wt-p53 and mut-p53 cells. © 2012 Elsevier B.V..




Li, J., Koike, J., Kugoh, H., Arita, M., Ohhira, T., Kikuchi, Y., … Hemmi, H. (2012). Down-regulation of MutS homolog 3 by hypoxia in human colorectal cancer. Biochimica et Biophysica Acta - Molecular Cell Research, 1823(4), 889–899.

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