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See detailConstitutive suppressor of cytokine signaling 3 expression confers a growth advantage to a human melanoma cell line
Komyod, W.; Böhm, M.; Metze, D. et al

in Molecular Cancer Research (2007), 5(3), 271-81

The growth of melanocytes and many early stage melanoma cells can be inhibited by cytokines, whereas late stage melanoma cells have often been reported to be "multi-cytokine-resistant." Here, we analyzed ... [more ▼]

The growth of melanocytes and many early stage melanoma cells can be inhibited by cytokines, whereas late stage melanoma cells have often been reported to be "multi-cytokine-resistant." Here, we analyzed the melanoma cell line 1286, resistant towards the growth-inhibitory effects of interleukin 6 (IL-6), and oncostatin M (OSM), to better understand the mechanisms underlying cytokine resistance. Although the relevant receptors gp130 and OSMR are expressed at the cell surface of these cells, cytokine stimulation hardly led to the activation of Janus kinase 1 and signal transducer and activator of transcription (STAT)3 and STAT1. We found a high-level constitutive expression of suppressors of cytokine signaling 3 (SOCS3) that did not further increase after cytokine treatment. Importantly, upon suppression of SOCS3 by short interfering RNA, cells became susceptible towards OSM and IL-6: they showed an enhanced STAT3 phosphorylation and a dramatically increased STAT1 phosphorylation. Moreover, suppression of SOCS3 rendered 1286 cells sensitive to the antiproliferative action of IL-6 and OSM, but not of IFN-alpha. Interestingly, SOCS3-short interfering RNA treatment also increased the growth-inhibitory effect in cytokine-sensitive WM239 cells expressing SOCS3 in an inducible way. Thus, SOCS3 expression confers a growth advantage to these cell lines. Constitutive SOCS3 mRNA expression, although at lower levels than in 1286 cells, was found in nine additional human melanoma cell lines and in normal human melanocytes, although at the protein level, SOCS3 expression was marginal at best. However, in situ analysis of human melanoma specimens revealed SOCS3 immunoreactivity in 3 out of 10 samples, suggesting that in vivo SOCS3 may possibly play a role in IL-6 resistance in at least a fraction of tumors. [less ▲]

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See detailAre STATS arginine-methylated?
Komyod, W.; Bauer, U. M.; Heinrich, P. C. et al

in Journal of Biological Chemistry (2005), 280(23), 21700-5

Transcription factors of the STAT (signal transducer and activator of transcription) family are important in signal transduction of cytokines. They are subject to post-translational modification by ... [more ▼]

Transcription factors of the STAT (signal transducer and activator of transcription) family are important in signal transduction of cytokines. They are subject to post-translational modification by phosphorylation on tyrosine and serine residues. Recent evidence suggested that STATs are methylated on a conserved arginine residue within the N-terminal region. STAT arginine methylation has been described to be important for STAT function and loss of arginine methylation was discussed to be involved in interferon resistance of cancer cells. Here we provide several independent lines of evidence indicating that the issue of arginine methylation of STATs has to be reassessed. First, we show that treatment of melanoma and fibrosarcoma cells with inhibitors used to suppress methylation (N-methyl-2-deoxyadenosine, adenosine, dl-homocysteine) had profound and rapid effects on phosphorylation of STAT1 and STAT3 but also on p38 and Erk signaling cascades which are known to cross-talk with the Jak/STAT pathway. Second, we show that anti-methylarginine antibodies did not precipitate specifically STAT1 or STAT3. Third, we show that mutation of Arg(31) to Lys led to destabilization of STAT1 and STAT3, implicating an important structural role of Arg(31). Finally, purified catalytically active protein arginine methyltransferases (PRMT1, -2, -3, -4, and -6) did not methylate STAT proteins, and cotransfection with PRMT1 did not affect STAT1-controlled reporter gene activity. Taken together, our data suggest the absence of arginine methylation of STAT1 and STAT3. [less ▲]

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See detailInterferon-gamma-mediated growth regulation of melanoma cells: involvement of STAT1-dependent and STAT1-independent signals
Kortylewski, M.; Komyod, W.; Kauffmann, M. E. et al

in Journal of Investigative Dermatology (2004), 122(2), 414-22

Interferon-gamma, a known inhibitor of tumor cell growth, has been used in several protocols for the treatment of melanoma. We have studied the molecular events underlying interferon-gamma-induced G0/G1 ... [more ▼]

Interferon-gamma, a known inhibitor of tumor cell growth, has been used in several protocols for the treatment of melanoma. We have studied the molecular events underlying interferon-gamma-induced G0/G1 arrest in four metastatic melanoma cell lines with different responsiveness to interferon-gamma. The growth arrest did not result from enhanced expression of cyclin-dependent kinase inhibitors p21 and p27. Instead, it correlated with downregulation of cyclin E and cyclin A and inhibition of their associated kinase activities. We show that interferon-gamma-induced growth inhibition could be abrogated by overexpression of dominant negative STAT1 (signal transducer and activator of transcription 1) in the melanoma cell line A375, suggesting that STAT1 plays a crucial part for the anti-proliferative effect. Erythropoietin stimulation of a chimeric receptor led to a concentration-dependent STAT1 activation and concomitant growth arrest when it contained the STAT recruitment motif Y440 of the interferon-gamma receptor 1. In contrast, dose-response studies for interferon-gamma revealed a discrepancy between levels of STAT1 activation and the extent of growth inhibition; whereas STAT1 was activated by low doses of interferon-gamma (10 U per mL), growth inhibitory effects were only visible with 100-fold higher concentrations. Our results suggest the presence of additional signals emanating from the interferon-gamma receptor, which may counteract the anti-proliferative function of STAT1. [less ▲]

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See detailCharacterization of methylthioadenosin phosphorylase (MTAP) expression in malignant melanoma
Behrmann, Iris UL; Wallner, S.; Komyod, W. et al

in American Journal of Pathology (2003), 163(2), 683-90

Homozygous deletions of human chromosomal region 9p21 occur frequently in malignant melanoma and are associated with the loss of the tumor suppressor genes p16(INK4a) and p15(INK4b). In the same ... [more ▼]

Homozygous deletions of human chromosomal region 9p21 occur frequently in malignant melanoma and are associated with the loss of the tumor suppressor genes p16(INK4a) and p15(INK4b). In the same chromosomal region the methylthioadenosine phosphorylase (MTAP) gene is localized and therefore may also serve as a tumor suppressor gene. The aim of this study was to analyze MTAP mutations and expression patterns in malignant melanomas. To examine the MTAP gene and expression of MTAP protein we screened 9 human melanoma cell lines and primary human melanocytes by reverse transcriptase-polymerase chain reaction, sequencing, and immunoblotting. Analyzing the melanoma cell lines we found significant down-regulation of MTAP mRNA expression. In only one cell line, HTZ19d, this was due to homozygous deletion of exon 2 to 8 whereas in the other cell lines promoter hypermethylation was detected. MTAP expression was further analyzed in vivo by immunohistochemical staining of 38 tissue samples of benign melanocytic nevi, melanomas, and melanoma metastases. In summary, we demonstrate significant inverse correlation between MTAP protein expression and progression of melanocytic tumors as the amount of MTAP protein staining decreases from benign melanocytic nevi to metastatic melanomas. Our results suggest an important role of MTAP inactivation in the development of melanomas. This finding may be of great clinical significance because recently an association between MTAP activity and interferon sensitivity has been suggested. [less ▲]

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