Expressions of Carbohydrate Response Element Binding Protein and Glucose Transporters in Liver Cancer and Clinical Significance

Yu Lei, Qiaoling Hu, Jiang Gu*

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    Abstract

    Carbohydrate response element binding protein (ChREBP) is a glucose-sensing transcription factor that mediates the induction of glycolytic and lipogenic genes in response to glucose. We investigated the expression patterns of ChREBP and glucose transporters (GLUTs) in human hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) and their association with HCC progression. ChREBP, GLUT2 and GLUT1 immunohistochemistry were performed on liver tissue array containing normal liver tissue, HCC adjacent tissue and cancer tissue of different HCC stages. The effect of HCC malignancy on protein expression was analyzed with one-way ANOVA. The correlations between protein expressions were analyzed with Pearson Correlation test. We found that ChREBP protein expression tended to be positively correlated to liver malignancy. GLUT2 protein expression was significantly reduced in human HCC as compared to normal liver tissue and its expression in HCC was inversely associated to malignancy (p <0.001). In contrast, GLUT1 was significantly increased in cancer cells and its expression was positively correlated to malignancy (p <0.001). Furthermore, GLUT1 expression was positively associated to ChREBP expression (r = 0.481, p <0.0001, n = 70) but negatively correlated to GLUT2 expression (r = -0.320, p = 0.007, n = 70). Notably, ChREBP-expressing hepatocytes did not express GLUT2 but GLUT1. This is the first report unveiling expressions of ChREBP and GLUT2/GLUT1 and their relations in HCC. The expression patterns are related to malignancy and this information would facilitate evaluation of clinical behavior and treatment of HCC.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)1331-1340
    Number of pages10
    JournalPathology & oncology research
    Volume26
    Issue number2
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Apr-2020

    Keywords

    • ChREBP
    • Glucose transporters
    • Hepatocellular carcinoma
    • Diagnostic marker
    • Glycolysis
    • TRANSCRIPTION FACTOR
    • METABOLIC REQUIREMENTS
    • GENE-EXPRESSION
    • CHREBP
    • GLYCOLYSIS
    • CARCINOMA
    • GLUT-1
    • MLX
    • MECHANISMS
    • PROMOTER

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