High expression of tumor endothelial marker 7 is associated with metastasis and poor survival of patients with osteogenic sarcoma

Bruno Fuchs, Eric Mahlum, Chandralekha Halder, Avudaippan Maran, Michael Yaszemski, Beata Bode, Mark Bolander, Gobinda Sarkar

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Abstract

Our objective is to identify genes regulating metastasis of osteogenic sarcoma (OGS) since metastasis is the primary cause of mortality among patients with OGS. To identify such genes, we first created a database of differentially expressed genes between six low-grade and six high-grade OGS tumors, and between a normal immortalized osteoblast cell line (FOB) and four commercially available OGS-derived cell lines. We specifically searched for surface proteins over-expressed in high-grade OGS, since we hypothesize that tumor-cell specific surface markers are key to metastasis. A gene encoding Tumor Endothelial Marker7 (TEM7) was selected as a candidate for further study. TEM7 expression pattern was assessed by RT-PCR, Western blotting and immunostaining. TEM7 mRNA was abundantly expressed in SAOS cells (derived from high-grade OGS), but not in FOB or MG63 cells (derived from low-grade OGS). Virtually no expression of TEM7 protein was observed in FOB cells but abundant expression was noted in SAOS and TE85 cells. Employing immunostaining of 92 human OGS specimens (50 high-grade and 42 low-grade) collected before chemotherapy show 97% (37 of 38) of high-grade OGS specimens with metastasis have high TEM7 staining. Further, we found that elevated expression of TEM7 correlated with poor survival (p < 0.04) of affected patients. Inhibiting TEM7 function by siRNA inhibited invasion and migration of OGS cells with metastatic potential. Our results suggest TEM7 expression level closely parallels histology-based prognostication of OGS metastasis and, therefore, it is a therapeutic target. This is the first demonstration of a link between TEM7 and cancer metastasis.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)137-143
Number of pages7
JournalGene
Volume399
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 15 2007

Keywords

  • Metastasis
  • Osteogenic sarcoma
  • TEM7
  • Tumor marker
  • siRNA

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Genetics

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