Outcomes of Myosin 1C Gene Expression Depletion on Cancer-related Pathways, in Vitro and in Clinical Samples

Abstract: The unconventional myosin IC has previously been suggested to be a haploinsufficient tumour suppressor. The mechanism for this action has hitherto been unknown, however, and hence we decided to attempt to elucidate the genes involved. The first study involved knock-down of MYO1C using siRNA technology followed by whole transcriptiome microarray analysis performed on samples taken at different time points post transfection. This revealed a cornucopia of differential expressions compared to the negative control, among them we found an early up-regulation of the PI3K/AKT pathway and the pathway for prostate cancer. Among the down regulated pathways we found endometrial-, colorectal cancer and small cell lung cancer as well as the cell cycle pathway which was a little counter intuitive to the hypothesis that MYO1C suppresses cancer. For the next study six different genes (CCND1, CCND2, CDKN2B, CDKN2C, MYC, RBL1) important for the transitions into S-phase of the cell cycle were therefore chosen for validation using qPCR. These six genes and MYO1C were analysed on both the original time series and a new biological replicate as well as a well stratified set of endometrial carcinoma samples. We were able to verify the significant down-regulation of CCND2 in both time series indicating that this is caused by the depletion of MYO1C. In the tumour samples we saw a negative correlation between the expression of MYO1C and FIGO grade corroborating results previously found by our group when looking at protein expression.