miR‐200c and phospho‐AKT as prognostic factors and mediators of osteosarcoma progression and lung metastasis


Lung metastasis is the major cause of death in osteosarcoma patients. However, molecular mechanisms underlying this metastasis remain poorly understood. To identify key molecules related with pulmonary metastasis of pediatric osteosarcomas, we analyzed high-throughput miRNA expression in a cohort of 11 primary tumors and 15 lung metastases. Results were further validated with an independent cohort of 10 primary tumors and 6 metastases. In parallel, we performed immunohistochemical analysis of activated signaling pathways in 36 primary osteosarcomas. Only phospho-AKT associated with lower overall survival in primary tumors, supporting its role in osteosarcoma progression. CTNNB1 expression also associated with lower overall survival but was not strong enough to be considered an independent variable. Interestingly, miR-200c was overexpressed in lung metastases, implicating an inhibitory feed-back loop to PI3K-AKT. Moreover, transfection of miR200c-mimic in U2-OS cells reduced phospho-AKT levels but increased cellular migration and proliferation. Notably, miR-200c expression strongly correlated with miR-141 and with the osteogenic inhibitor miR-375, all implicated in epithelial to mesenchymal transition. These findings contrast epithelial tumors where reduced miR-200c expression promotes metastasis. Indeed, we noted that osteosarcoma cells in the lung also expressed the epithelial marker CDH1, revealing a change in their mesenchymal phenotype. We propose that miR-200c upregulation occurs late in osteosarcoma progression to provide cells with an epithelial phenotype that facilitates their integration in the metastatic lung niche. Thus, our findings identify phospho-AKT in the primary tumor and miR-200c later during tumor progression as prognostic molecules and potential therapeutic targets to prevent progression and metastasis of pediatric osteosarcomas.

DOI: 10.1016/j.molonc.2016.04.004

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@inproceedings{Berlanga2016miR200cAP, title={miR‐200c and phospho‐AKT as prognostic factors and mediators of osteosarcoma progression and lung metastasis}, author={Pablo Berlanga and Lisandra Mu{\~n}oz and Marta Piqueras and J. Antoni Sirerol and Mar{\'i}a Dolors S{\'a}nchez-Izquierdo and David Herv{\'a}s and Miguel Angel Calleja Hernandez and Margarita Llavador and Isidro Machado and Antonio Llombart-Bosch and Adela Ca{\~n}ete and Victoria Castel and Jaime Font de Mora}, booktitle={Molecular oncology}, year={2016} }