Reactivation Methylation-Silenced Genes by Polyphenols

Summary

Principal Investigator: Chung Yang
Abstract: Hypermethylation of promoter CpG islands is an important mechanism to silence the expression of many tumor suppressors, DNA repair, and other genes in cancer. The long-term goal of this project is to study the inhibition and reversal of this process by dietary polyphenols for the purpose of prevention and treatment of cancer. In preliminary studies, we observed that treatment of human esophageal cancer KYSE 510 cells with the tea polyphenol EGCG caused the reversal of hypermethylation of RARbeta, p16, MGMT, and hMLH1 and the regaining of gene expression. EGCG also inhibited DNMT activity in nuclear extracts. This property of EGCG and related compounds could be explored for cancer chemoprevention and therapy. Our hypothesis is that EGCG and some other dietary polyphenols can inhibit DNMT, prevent or reverse the gene silencing caused by hypermethylation, and contribute to the inhibition of carcinogenesis, In this proposal, we plan to test this hypothesis with the following Specific Aims: 1. To quantify the demethylation and reactivation of hypermethylation-silenced genes (MSGs) such as RARbeta, p16, MGMT, and hMLH1 by EGCG, characterize the pattern of CpG demethylation, and determine the sustainability of the reactivated gene expression. 2. To elucidate the mechanisms by which EGCG inhibits DNMT activity and DNA hypermethylation. The leading hypothesis is that inhibition of DNMT1 by EGCG causes demethylation. Other mechanisms such as those involving AdoMet levels and other methyltransferases, will also be examined. 3. To establish the above observed effects as general phenomena by determining the spectrum of MSGs that are reactivated by EGCG (using methylation microarrays), examining the effects of EGCG on other cell lines (oral, colon, and prostate cancers), and investigating the effects of other dietary polyphenols. 4. To determine the possible synergistic effects in the reactivation of MSGs when EGCG is used in combination with a HDAC inhibitor (butyrate or TSA) or retinoic acid. Possible effects on global hypomethylation will be analyzed. 5. To determine whether EGCG, alone or in combination with other agents, can prevent hypermethylation of genes and tumor development in the intestinal tumorigenesis model in the Min mice.
Funding Period: 2004-05-10 - 2009-04-30
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Top Publications

  1. ncbi Reversal of hypermethylation and reactivation of p16INK4a, RARbeta, and MGMT genes by genistein and other isoflavones from soy
    Ming Zhu Fang
    Susan Lehman Cullman Laboratory for Cancer Research, Department of Chemical Biology, Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, Piscataway, New Jersey 08854 8020, USA
    Clin Cancer Res 11:7033-41. 2005
  2. ncbi Dietary polyphenols may affect DNA methylation
    Mingzhu Fang
    Department of Chemical Biology, Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, Piscataway, NJ 08854 8020, USA
    J Nutr 137:223S-228S. 2007

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  1. ncbi Reversal of hypermethylation and reactivation of p16INK4a, RARbeta, and MGMT genes by genistein and other isoflavones from soy
    Ming Zhu Fang
    Susan Lehman Cullman Laboratory for Cancer Research, Department of Chemical Biology, Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, Piscataway, New Jersey 08854 8020, USA
    Clin Cancer Res 11:7033-41. 2005
    ..To determine whether other polyphenolic compounds have similar activities, we studied the effects of soy isoflavones on DNA methylation...
  2. ncbi Dietary polyphenols may affect DNA methylation
    Mingzhu Fang
    Department of Chemical Biology, Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, Piscataway, NJ 08854 8020, USA
    J Nutr 137:223S-228S. 2007
    ..On the other hand, the consumption of excessive amounts of polyphenols in dietary supplements may affect DNA methylation status. All these possibilities remain to be examined...