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  K Konishi , L Shen , J Jelinek , Y Watanabe , S Ahmed , K Kaneko , M Kogo , T Takano , M Imawari , S. R Hamilton and J. P. J. Issa

Epigenetic changes have been proposed as mediators of the field defect in colorectal carcinogenesis, which has implications for risk assessment and cancer prevention. As a test of this hypothesis, we evaluated the methylation status of eight genes (MINT1, 2, 31, MLH1, p16, p14, MGMT, and ESR1), as well as BRAF and KRAS mutations, in 57 multiple colorectal neoplasias (M-CRN) and compared these to 69 solitary colorectal cancers (S-CRC). There were no significant differences in methylation between M-CRNs and S-CRCs except for p14 and MGMT that was significantly higher in M-CRNs than S-CRCs (16.1% versus 9.3%; 26.5% versus 17.3%, respectively; P < 0.05). We found significant (P < 0.05) correlations for MINT1 (r = 0.8), p16 (r = 0.8), MLH1 (r = 0.9), and MGMT (r = 0.6) methylation between tumors pairs of the same site (proximal/proximal and distal/distal). KRAS showed no concordance in mutations. BRAF mutation showed concordance in proximal site pairs but was discordant in different site pairs. Histologically, eight of 10 paired cancers with similar locations were concordant for a cribriform glandular configuration. We conclude that synchronous colorectal tumors of the same site are highly concordant for methylation of multiple genes, BRAF mutations, and a cribriform glandular configuration, all consistent with a patient-specific predisposition to particular subtypes of colorectal cancers. Screening for and secondary prevention of colon cancer should take this fact into account.

  D. J Stewart , J. P Issa , R Kurzrock , M. I Nunez , J Jelinek , D Hong , Y Oki , Z Guo , S Gupta and I. I. Wistuba

Purpose: By hypomethylating genes, decitabine may up-regulate factors required for chemotherapeutic cytotoxicity. Platinum-resistant cells may have reduced expression of the copper/platinum transporter CTR1.

Experimental Design: Thirty-one patients with refractory malignancies received decitabine 2.5 to 10 mg/m2 on days 1 to 5, and 8 to 12 or 15 to 20 mg/m2 on days 1 to 5. Tumor was assessed for DNA methylation (by LINE assays), apoptosis, necrosis, mitoses, Ki67, DNA methyltransferase (DNMT1), CTR1, and p16.

Results: Febrile neutropenia was dose limiting. One thymoma patient responded. Decitabine decreased tumor DNA methylation (from median 51.2% predecitabine to 43.7% postdecitabine; P = 0.01, with effects at all doses) and in peripheral blood mononuclear cells (from 65.3-56.0%). There was no correlation between tumor and peripheral blood mononuclear cells. Patients starting decitabine ≤3 versus >3 months after last prior cytotoxic or targeted therapy had lower predecitabine tumor CTR1 scores (P = 0.02), higher p16 (P = 0.04), and trends (P = 0.07) toward higher tumor methylation and apoptosis. Decitabine decreased tumor DNMT1 for scores initially >0 (P = 0.04). Decitabine increased tumor apoptosis (P < 0.05), mitoses (if initially low, P = 0.02), and CTR1 (if initially low, P = 0.025, or if ≤3 months from last prior therapy, P = 0.04). Tumor CTR1 scores correlated inversely with methylation (r = –0.41, P = 0.005), but CTR1 promoter was not hypermethylated. Only three patients had tumor p16 promoter hypermethylation. P16 scores did not increase. Higher blood pressure correlated with lower tumor necrosis (P = 0.03) and a trend toward greater DNA demethylation (P = 0.10).

Conclusions: Exposure to various cytotoxic and targeted agents might generate broad pleiotropic resistance by reducing CTR1 and other transporters. Decitabine decreases DNA methylation and augments CTR1 expression through methylation-independent mechanisms.

  M. R. H Estecio , J Gallegos , C Vallot , R. J Castoro , W Chung , S Maegawa , Y Oki , Y Kondo , J Jelinek , L Shen , H Hartung , P. D Aplan , B. A Czerniak , S Liang and J. P. J. Issa

Epigenetic silencing plays an important role in cancer development. An attractive hypothesis is that local DNA features may participate in differential predisposition to gene hypermethylation. We found that, compared with methylation-resistant genes, methylation-prone genes have a lower frequency of SINE and LINE retrotransposons near their transcription start site. In several large testing sets, this distribution was highly predictive of promoter methylation. Genome-wide analysis showed that 22% of human genes were predicted to be methylation-prone in cancer; these tended to be genes that are down-regulated in cancer and that function in developmental processes. Moreover, retrotransposon distribution marks a larger fraction of methylation-prone genes compared to Polycomb group protein (PcG) marking in embryonic stem cells; indeed, PcG marking and our predictive model based on retrotransposon frequency appear to be correlated but also complementary. In summary, our data indicate that retrotransposon elements, which are widespread in our genome, are strongly associated with gene promoter DNA methylation in cancer and may in fact play a role in influencing epigenetic regulation in normal and abnormal physiological states.

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