J Cancer 2013; 4(8):662-670. doi:10.7150/jca.6641

Research Paper

UCHL1 Is a Putative Tumor Suppressor in Ovarian Cancer Cells and Contributes to Cisplatin Resistance

Chengmeng Jin1,2, Wei Yu3, Xiaoyan Lou1, Fan Zhou1, Xu Han3, Na Zhao1, Biaoyang Lin1,2,5,6 ✉

1. Systems Biology Division and Propriumbio Research Center, Zhejiang-California International Nanosystems Institute (ZCNI), Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, Zhejiang Prov., China;
2. Collaborative Innovation Center for Diagnosis and Treatment of Infectious Diseases, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, China,
3. Department of Biology, Technische Universität Darmstadt, Darmstadt Germany;
4. Life Sciences Institute, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, Zhejiang Prov., China;
5. Swedish Neuroscience Institute, Swedish Medical Center, Seattle, WA 98122, USA;
6. Department of Urology, University of Washington, Seattle, WA 98195, USA.

Abstract

Ubiquitin carboxyl terminal hydrolase 1 (UCHL1) catalyzes the hydrolysis of COOH-terminal ubiquityl esters and amides. It has been reported as either an oncogene or a tumor suppressor in cancers. However, UCHL1's role in ovarian cancer is still unclear. Therefore, we conducted an analysis to understand the role of UCHL1 in ovarian cancer. Firstly, we detected UCHL1 promoter methylation status in 7 ovarian cancer cell lines. 4 of them with UCHL1 silencing showed heavy promoter methylation while the other 3 with relative high UCHL1 expression showed little promoter methylation. Then we reduced UCHL1 expression in ovarian cancer cell line A2780 and IGROV1 and found that inhibition of UCHL1 promoted cell proliferation by increasing cells in S phases of cell cycle. Knockdown of UCHL1 also reduced cell apoptosis and contributed to cisplatin resistance. Furthermore, the expression level of UCHL1 in several ovarian cancer cell lines correlated negatively with their cisplatin resistance levels. Microarray data revealed that UCHL1 related genes are enriched in apoptosis and cell death gene ontology (GO) terms. Several apoptosis related genes were increased after UCHL1 knockdown, including apoptosis regulator BCL2, BCL11A, AEN and XIAP. Furthermore, we identified up-regulation of Bcl-2 and pAKT as well as down-regulation of Bax in UCHL1 knockdown cells, while no significant alteration of p53 and AKT1 was found. This study provides a new and promising strategy to overcome cisplatin resistance in ovarian cancer via UCHL1 mediated pathways.

Keywords: Ubiquitin carboxyl terminal hydrolase 1, tumor suppressor

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Jin C, Yu W, Lou X, Zhou F, Han X, Zhao N, Lin B. UCHL1 Is a Putative Tumor Suppressor in Ovarian Cancer Cells and Contributes to Cisplatin Resistance. J Cancer 2013; 4(8):662-670. doi:10.7150/jca.6641. Available from http://www.jcancer.org/v04p0662.htm