Hypoxia-inducible factor 1 alpha is a poor prognostic factor and potential therapeutic target in malignant peripheral nerve sheath tumor

Suguru Fukushima, Makoto Endo, Yoshihiro Matsumoto, Jun-Ichi Fukushi, Tomoya Matsunobu, Ken-Ichi Kawaguchi, Nokitaka Setsu, Keiichiro IIda, Nobuhiko Yokoyama, Makoto Nakagawa, Kenichiro Yahiro, Yoshinao Oda, Yukihide Iwamoto, Yasuharu Nakashima

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Abstract

BACKGROUND: Malignant peripheral nerve sheath tumor (MPNST) is a rare soft tissue sarcoma with poor prognosis. Hypoxia-inducible factor 1 (HIF-1) plays a crucial role in the cellular response to hypoxia and regulates the expression of multiple genes involved in tumor progression in various cancers. However, the importance of the expression of HIF-1α in MPNSTs is unclear.

METHODS: The expression of HIF-1α was examined immunohistochemically in 82 MPNST specimens. Cell culture assays of human MPNST cells under normoxic and hypoxic conditions were used to evaluate the impact of anti-HIF-1α-specific siRNA inhibition on cell survival. A screening kit was employed to identify small molecules that inhibited HIF-1α.

RESULTS: The nuclear expression of HIF-1α was positive in 75.6% of MPNST samples (62/82 cases). Positivity for HIF-1α was a significant poor prognostic factor both in univariate (P = 0.048) and multivariate (P ≤ 0.0001) analyses. HIF-1α knockdown abrogated MPNST cell growth, inducing apoptosis. Finally, chetomin, an inhibitor of HIF-1α, effectively inhibited the growth of MPNST cells and induced their apoptosis.

CONCLUSION: Inhibition of HIF-1α signaling is a potential treatment option for MPNSTs.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)e0178064
JournalPLoS One
Volume12
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2017

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