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Thymine DNA Glycosylase (TDG) is involved in the pathogenesis of intestinal tumors with reduced APC expression
Oncotarget. 2017 Oct 27;8(52) :89988-89997
PMID: 29163805    PMCID: PMC5685726   
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Thymine DNA Glycosylase (TDG) is a base excision repair enzyme that acts as a thymine and uracil DNA N-glycosylase on G:T and G:U mismatches, thus protecting CpG sites in the genome from mutagenesis by deamination. In addition, TDG has an epigenomic function by removing the novel cytosine derivatives 5-formylcytosine and 5-carboxylcytosine (5caC) generated by Ten-Eleven Translocation (TET) enzymes during active DNA demethylation. We and others previously reported that TDG is essential for mammalian development. However, its involvement in tumor formation is unknown. To study the role of TDG in tumorigenesis, we analyzed the effects of its inactivation in a well-characterized model of tumor predisposition, the Apc(Min) mouse strain. Mice bearing a conditional Tdg(flox) allele were crossed with Fabpl::Cre transgenic mice, in the context of the Apc(Min) mutation, in order to inactivate Tdg in the small intestinal and colonic epithelium. We observed an approximately 2-fold increase in the number of small intestinal adenomas in the test Tdg-mutant Apc(Min) mice in comparison to control genotypes (p=0.0001). This increase occurred in female mice, and is similar to the known increase in intestinal adenoma formation due to oophorectomy. In the human colorectal cancer (CRC) TCGA database, the subset of patients with TDG and APC expression in the lowest quartile exhibits an excess of female cases. We conclude that TDG inactivation plays a role in intestinal tumorigenesis initiated by mutation/underexpression of APC. Our results also indicate that TDG may be involved in sex-specific protection from CRC.
1949-2553 Xu, Jinfei Cortellino, Salvatore Tricarico, Rossella Chang, Wen-Chi Scher, Gabrielle Devarajan, Karthik Slifker, Michael Moore, Robert Bassi, Maria Rosaria Caretti, Elena Clapper, Margie Cooper, Harry Bellacosa, Alfonso Journal Article United States Oncotarget. 2017 Sep 23;8(52):89988-89997. doi: 10.18632/oncotarget.21219. eCollection 2017 Oct 27.