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Proteoglycans as potential microenvironmental biomarkers for colon cancer

Suhovskih AV, Aidagulova SV, Kashuba VI, Grigorieva EV. Cell Tissue Res. 2015 Feb 26.

Institute of Molecular Biology and Biophysics SB RAMS, Timakova str 2, Novosibirsk, 630117, Russia.


Glycosylation changes occur widely in colon tumours, suggesting glycosylated molecules as potential biomarkers  for  colon  cancer diagnostics.  In this study,  proteoglycans  (PGs) expression levels and their transcriptional patterns are investigated in human colon tumours in vivo and carcinoma cells in vitro. According to RT-PCR analysis, normal and cancer colon tissues expressed a specific set of PGs (syndecan-1, perlecan, decorin, biglycan, versican, NG2/CSPG4, serglycin, lumican, CD44), while the expression of glypican-1, brevican and aggrecan was almost undetectable. Overall transcriptional activity of the PGs in normal and cancer tissues was similar, although expression patterns were different. Expression of decorin and perlecan was down-regulated 2-fold in colon tumours, while biglycan and versican expression was significantly up-regulated (6-fold and 3-fold, respectively). Expression of collagen1A1 was also increased 6-fold in colon tumours. However, conventional HCT-116 colon carcinoma and AG2 colon cancer-initiating cells did not express biglycan and decorin and were versican-positive and -negative, respectively, demonstrating an extracellular origin of the PGs in cancer tissue. Selective expression of heparan sulfate (HS) proteoglycans syndecan-1 and perlecan in the AG2colon cancer-initiating cell line suggests these PGs as potential biomarkers for cancer stem cells. Overall transcriptional activity of the HS biosynthetic system was similar in normal and cancer tissues, although significant up-regulation of extracellular sulfatases SULF1/2 argues for a possible distortion of HS sulfation patterns in colon tumours. Taken together, the obtained results suggest versican, biglycan, collagen 1A1 and SULF1/2 expression as  potential  micro environmental  biomarkers and/or targets for colon cancer diagnostics and treatment.

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Proteoglycans as potential microenvironmental biomarkers for colon cancer