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Abstract Title:

Ambient fine particulate matter inhibits 15-lipoxygenases to promote lung carcinogenesis.

Abstract Source:

J Exp Clin Cancer Res. 2019 Aug 16 ;38(1):359. Epub 2019 Aug 16. PMID: 31420013

Abstract Author(s):

Ming-Yue Li, Li-Zhong Liu, Wende Li, Calvin S H Ng, Yi Liu, Angel W Y Kong, Zhili Zhao, Shanshan Wang, Haolong Qi, Hao Jia, Shucai Yang, Jing Du, Xiang Long, Rocky L K Ho, Ernest C W Chak, Innes Y P Wan, Tony S K Mok, Malcolm J Underwood, Nirmal Kumar Gali, Zhi Ning, George G Chen

Article Affiliation:

Ming-Yue Li


BACKGROUND: Epidemiological observations have demonstrated that ambient fine particulate matter with d < 2.5 μm (PM) as the major factor responsible for the increasing incidence of lung cancer in never-smokers. However, there are very limited experimental data to support the association of PMwith lung carcinogenesis and to compare PMwith smoking carcinogens.

METHODS: To study whether PMcan contribute to lung tumorigenesis in a way similar to smoking carcinogen 4-methylnitrosamino-l-3-pyridyl-butanone (NNK) via 15-lipoxygenases (15-LOXs) reduction, normal lung epithelial cells and cancer cells were treated with NNK or PMand then epigenetically and post-translationally examined the cellular and molecular profiles of the cells. The data were verified in lung cancer samples and a mouse lung tumor model.

RESULTS: We found that similar to smoking carcinogen NNK, PM2.5 significantly enhanced cell proliferation, migration and invasion, but reduced the levels of 15-lipoxygenases-1 (15-LOX1) and 15-lipoxygenases-2 (15-LOX2), both of which were also obviously decreased in lung cancer tissues. 15-LOX1/15-LOX2 overexpression inhibited the oncogenic cell functions induced by PM2.5/NNK. The tumor formation and growth were significantly higher/faster in mice implanted with PM2.5- or NNK-treated NCI-H23 cells, accompanied with a reduction of 15-LOX1/15-LOX2. Moreover, 15-LOX1 expression was epigenetically regulated at methylation level by PM2.5/NNK, while both 15-LOX1 and 15-LOX2 could be significantly inhibited by a set of PM2.5/NNK-mediated microRNAs.

CONCLUSION: Collectively, PM2.5 can function as the smoking carcinogen NNK to induce lung tumorigenesis by inhibiting 15-LOX1/15-LOX2.

Study Type : Human Study

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