Y-box binding protein-1 contributes to both HER2/ErbB2 expression and lapatinib sensitivity in human gastric cancer cells

Tomohiro Shibata, Hitoshi Kan, Yuichi Murakami, Hiroki Ureshino, Kosuke Watari, Akihiko Kawahara, Masayoshi Kage, Satoshi Hattori, Mayumi Ono, Michihiko Kuwano

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Abstract

Gene amplification of HER2/ErbB2 occurs in gastric cancer and the therapeutic efficacy of the HER2-targeted antibody, trastuzumab, has recently been improved against HER2-positive advanced stomach cancer. Here, we examined whether Y-box-binding protein-1 (YB-1) could selectively control HER2 gene expression and cellular sensitivity to EGF receptor (EGFR) family protein-targeted drugs in human gastric cancer cells. HER2 expression was specifically downregulated by YB-1 silencing using its cognate siRNA, whereas there was less change in the expression of EGFRand HER3. Achromatin immunoprecipitation assay revealed the specific binding of YB-1 to its consensus sequence on the 5′-regulatory region of HER2. YB-1 knockdown induced drug resistance to lapatinib, a dual EGFR and HER2 kinase inhibitor, and also to erlotinib, an EGFR kinase inhibitor. Moreover, phosphorylation of protein kinase B (Akt) was not markedly affected by lapatinib or erlotinib when YB-1 was silenced. Nuclear YB-1 expression was significantly (P = 0.026) associated with HER2 expression, but not with EGFR or HER3, in patients with gastric cancer (n = 111). The YB-1-HER2 axis may therefore be useful for the further development of personalized therapeutics against gastric cancer by HER2-targeted drugs.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)737-746
Number of pages10
JournalMolecular cancer therapeutics
Volume12
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - May 2013

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Oncology
  • Cancer Research

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