Modulation of mts1 expression in mouse and human normal and tumor cells

Mariam Grigorian, Eugene Tulchinsky, Oscar Burrone, Svetlana Tarabykina, Georgii Georgiev, Eugene Lukanidin

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The mts1 gene, encoding small Ca2+‐binding protein of the S100‐family, is considered as a gene whose activity correlates with the manifestation of a metastatic phenotype of tumor cells. It was shown before that the mts1 is expressed not only in metastatic tumor cells but also in some normal tissues, namely in so‐called “lymphoid” organs: spleen, thymus; bone marrow. In this work we analyzed in more detail the expression of mts1 in human and mouse hematopoietic cells and cell lines. A high level of mts1 RNA was observed in T‐lymphocytes, neutrophils, monocytes/macrophages and in corresponding cell lines. Controversially, the mts1 gene was silent in B‐lymphocytes as well as in myeloma and erythroleukemia cell lines. The possibility of modulating the mts1 gene expression by the action of different agents was demonstrated. Mitogens, such as lipopolysaccharides (LPS), interferon (IFNγ), and concanavalin A (Con A), modulate the level of the mts1 gene expression in hematopoietic cells differently. Calcium ionophore, A23187, can also be regarded as a modulator of the mts1 gene expression, since its addition to the cells results in a substantial decrease of the mts1 RNA level. It was shown that the mts1 RNA's half‐life is relatively long, more than 24 h. We therefore believe that calcium ionophore can activate some ribonucleases which degrade the mts1 RNA. Cycloheximide prevents the effect of A23187 and stabilizes the mts1 RNA, probably by blocking the synthesis of these nucleases. Thus, the obtained data indicate that the agents which are capable of changing the physiological status of the cells also modulate the mts1 gene expression.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)463-468
Number of pages6
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1994
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Clinical Biochemistry

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