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Loss of 15-hydroxyprostaglandin dehydrogenase indicates a tumor suppressor role in pituitary adenomas.

Authors: Bai, Ji-Wei  Wang, Zhe  Gui, Song-Bai  Zhang, Ya-Zhuo 
Citation: Bai JW, etal., Oncol Rep. 2012 Aug;28(2):714-20. doi: 10.3892/or.2012.1806. Epub 2012 May 9.
Pubmed: (View Article at PubMed) PMID:22580984
DOI: Full-text: DOI:10.3892/or.2012.1806

15-hydroxyprostaglandin dehydrogenase (15-PGDH) may function as a tumor suppressor that antagonizes the action of the cyclooxygenase-2 (COX-2) oncogene in several types of tumors. However, it is unknown if it has a role in the pituitary. Recently, our group found that 15-PGDH expression was low in prolactin (PRL) secreting adenomas (prolactinomas) and growth hormone (GH) secreting adenomas (GHomas) using fiber-optic BeadArray technology. In this study, we examined the relative expression of 15-PGDH and COX-2 mRNA in clinical specimens and examined the effects of 15-PGDH on GH3 rat pituitary tumor cell proliferation, apoptosis and hormone secretion. 15-PGDH expression was lower and COX-2 expression was higher in prolactinomas and GHomas compared with normal controls. Overexpressed 15-PGDH inhibited tumor cell proliferation and induced apoptosis. It had a significant suppressive effect on mRNA levels and on the secretion of PRL and GH in GH3 cells. The inhibition of cell proliferation was accompanied by the decreased expression of cox-2, matrix metalloproteinase-9 (MMP-9) and B cell leukemia/lymphoma-2 (Bcl-2). These data are suggestive of a previously unrecognized pathway in pituitary tumorigenesis, and this novel observation may shed light on therapeutic strategies for pituitary tumors.


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Created: 2017-01-16
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