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Advanced adenoid cystic carcinoma (ACC) is featured by SWI/SNF chromatin remodeling complex aberrations

Jagielska, Beata and Sarnowska, E.A. and Rusetska, N. and Jancewicz, I. and Durzynska, Monika and Kubala, Szymon and Chmielik, Ewa and Paul, Piotr and Rutkowski, Tomasz and Sarnowski, T.J. and Siedlecki, J.A. (2018) Advanced adenoid cystic carcinoma (ACC) is featured by SWI/SNF chromatin remodeling complex aberrations. Journal of Cancer Research and Clinical Oncology . ISSN 1432-1335


Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1007/s00432-018-2783-5


Abstract Purpose Adenoid cystic carcinoma (ACC) is a rare neurotropic cancer with slow progression occurring in salivary glands and less frequently in other body parts. ACC is featured by hyperchromatic nuclei and various mutations in genes encoding chromatin-related machineries. The ACC treatment is mainly limited to the radical surgery and radiotherapy while the chemotherapy remains ineffective. As the knowledge about molecular basis of ACC development is limited, we investigated here the molecular features of this disease. Patients and methods This study included 50 patients with ACC. Transcript profiling of available ACC samples vs normal salivary gland tissue, quantitative real-time PCR (qRT-PCR) transcript level measurements and the immunohistochemistry (IHC) for SWI/SNF chromatin remodeling complex (CRC) subunits and androgen receptor on surgery-derived paraffinembedded samples were performed. Results Transcriptomic study followed by Gene Ontology classification indicated alteration of chromatin-related processes, including downregulated transcript levels of main SWI/SNF CRC subunits and elevated expression of BRM ATPase-coding SMARCA2 gene in ACC. Subsequent IHC indicated broad accumulation of BRM ATPase and several SWI/SNF subunits, suggesting affected control of their protein level in ACC. The IHC revealed ectopic, heterogeneous expression of androgen receptor (AR) in some ACC cells. Conclusions Our study indicated that ACC features aberrant expression of genes controlling chromatin status and structure. We found that the balance between SWI/SNF classes is moved towards the BRM ATPase-containing complex in ACC. As BRM is known to be involved in chemoresistance in cancer cells, this observation may be the likely explanation for ACC chemoresistance.

Item Type:Article
Subjects:Q Science > QH Natural history > QH301 Biology
Q Science > QH Natural history > QH426 Genetics
R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
ID Code:1612
Deposited By: PhD Szymon Kubala
Deposited On:09 Nov 2018 08:48
Last Modified:09 Nov 2018 08:48

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