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Articles by L Fu
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  P Jin , X. j Lu , J. q Sheng , L Fu , X. m Meng , X Wang , T. p Shi , S. r Li and J. Rao

Estrogen is reported to have a protective effect on colon cancer; however, the underlying mechanism is unclear. Impaired mismatch repair plays an important role in colonic carcinogenesis. The purpose of this study was to investigate the association of estrogen on regulating mismatch repair expression in colonic epithelial cells. In cultured COLO205 cells, the effect of estradiol (E2) and antagonist ICI182.780 on the expression of hMLH1 and hMSH2 was studied using reverse transcription-PCR and Western blotting. The correlation between serum level E2 and the expression of hMLH1 and hMSH2 in colonic mucosal tissue of 42 healthy individuals was also examined using reverse transcription-PCR and immunohistochemical staining. E2 increased the expression of hMLH1 in COLO205 cells, which was suppressed by ICI182.780. However, the effect of E2 on hMSH2 expression was not significant in COLO205 cells. In healthy individuals, a strong positive correlation of E2 level with hMLH1 expression in normal colonic epithelial cell was observed when serum E2 level was >45 pg/mL, but no correlation was seen between E2 and hMSH2 expression. E2 affects the expression of hMLH1 but not hMSH2 in vitro, and high serum E2 level correlates with hMLH1 expression in vivo. These findings suggest that the anticolonic cancer effect of estrogen may be related to hMLH1 regulation. Cancer Prev Res; 3(8); 910–6. ©2010 AACR.

  C Zhang , L Fu , J Fu , L Hu , H Yang , T. H Rong , Y Li , H Liu , S. B Fu , Y. X Zeng and X. Y. Guan

Purpose: Tumor fibroblasts (TF) have been suggested to play an essential role in the complex process of tumor-stroma interactions and tumorigenesis. The aim of the present study was to investigate the specific role of TF in the esophageal cancer microenvironment.

Experimental Design: An Affymetrix expression microarray was used to compare gene expression profiles between six pairs of TFs and normal fibroblasts from esophageal squamous cell carcinoma (ESCC). Differentially expressed genes were identified, and a subset was evaluated by quantitative real-time PCR and immunohistochemistry.

Results: About 43% (126 of 292) of known deregulated genes in TFs were associated with cell proliferation, extracellular matrix remodeling, and immune response. Up-regulation of fibroblast growth factor receptor 2 (FGFR2), which showed the most significant change, was detected in all six tested TFs compared with their paired normal fibroblasts. A further study found that FGFR2-positive fibroblasts were only observed inside the tumor tissues and not in tumor-surrounding stromal tissues, suggesting that FGFR2 could be used as a TF-specific marker in ESCC. Moreover, the conditioned medium from TFs was found to be able to promote ESCC tumor cell growth, migration, and invasion in vitro.

Conclusions: Our study provides new candidate genes for the esophageal cancer microenvironment. Based on our results, we hypothesize that FGFR2(+)-TFs might provide cancer cells with a suitable microenvironment via secretion of proteins that could promote cancer development and progression through stimulation of cancer cell proliferation, induction of angiogenesis, inhibition of cell adhesion, enhancement of cell mobility, and promotion of the epithelial-mesenchymal transition.

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