Functional balance between Tcf21-Slug defines cellular plasticity and migratory modalities in high grade serous ovarian cancer cell lines.
Narayanan, Nivedhitha J
Jolly, Mohit Kumar
Mali, Avinash M
Bapat, Sharmila A
Oxford University Press
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Varankar, S., More, M., Abraham, A., Pansare, K., Kumar, B., Narayanan, N. J., Jolly, M. K., et al. (2019). Functional balance between Tcf21-Slug defines cellular plasticity and migratory modalities in high grade serous ovarian cancer cell lines.. Carcinogenesis https://doi.org/10.1093/carcin/bgz119
Cellular plasticity and transitional phenotypes add to complexities of cancer metastasis that can be initiated by single cell epithelial to mesenchymal transition (EMT) or cooperative cell migration (CCM). Our study identifies novel regulatory cross-talks between Tcf21 and Slug in mediating phenotypic and migration plasticity in high-grade serous ovarian adenocarcinoma (HGSC). Differential expression and sub-cellular localization associate Tcf21, Slug with epithelial, mesenchymal phenotypes respectively; however gene manipulation approaches identify their association with additional intermediate phenotypic states, implying the existence of a multi-step epithelial-mesenchymal transition program. Live imaging further associated distinct migratory modalities with the Tcf21/Slug status of cell systems and discerned proliferative/passive CCM, active CCM and EMT modes of migration. Tcf21-Slug balance identified across a phenotypic spectrum in HGSC cell lines, associated with micro-environment induced transitions and the emergence of an epithelial phenotype following drug exposure. Phenotypic transitions and associated functionalities following drug exposure were affirmed to ensue from occupancy of Slug promoter E-box sequences by Tcf21. Our study effectively provides a framework for understanding the relevance of ovarian cancer plasticity as a function of two transcription factors.
Plasticity, Slug, Tcf21, migratory modalities, sub-cellular localization
External DOI: https://doi.org/10.1093/carcin/bgz119
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