THUMP domain containing 2 protein possibly induces resistance to cisplatin and 5-fluorouracil in in vitro human esophageal squamous cell carcinoma cells as revealed by transposon activation mutagenesis

Masato Hayashi, Hirofumi Kawakubo, Kazumasa Fukuda, Shuhei Mayanagi, Rieko Nakamura, Koichi Suda, Testu Hayashida, Norihito Wada, Yuko Kitagawa

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Background: Although chemotherapy is a core treatment for esophageal cancer, some patients develop drug resistance. Gene screening with transposons (i.e. mobile genetic elements) is a novel procedure for identifying chemotherapy-resistant genes. Transposon insertion can randomly affect nearby gene expression. By identifying the affected genes, candidate genes can be found. The present study aimed to identify cisplatin (CDDP)/5-fluorouracil (5-FU)-resistant genes in in vitro human esophageal squamous cell carcinoma with transposons. Methods: After establishing transposon-tagged cells, we obtained CDDP/5-FU-resistant colonies. A polymerase chain reaction and sequencing were used to identify the transposon inserted site and candidate CDDP/5-FU resistant genes. Focusing on one candidate gene, we confirmed CDDP/5-FU resistance by comparing the IC50 between drug-resistant and wild-type cells. Furthermore, we investigated gene expression by a real-time polymerase chain reaction. Finally, we mediated the candidate gene level with small interfering RNA to confirm the resistance. Results: Thirty-nine candidate genes for CDDP/5-FU resistance were identified. Nineteen were for CDDP resistance and 27 were for 5-FU resistance. Seven genes, THUMP domain-containing protein 2 (THUMPD2), nuclear factor interleukin-3-regulated protein (NFIL3), tyrosine-protein kinase transmembrane receptor 2 (ROR2), C-X-C chemokine receptor type 4 (CXCR4), thrombospondin type-1 domain-containing protein 2 (THSD7B) alpha-parvin (PARVA) and TEA domain transcription factor 1 (TEAD1), were detected as candidate genes in both colonies. Regarding THUMPD2, its expression was downregulated and knocking down THUMPD2 suggested drug resistance in both drugs. Conclusions: Thirty-nine candidate genes were identified with transposons. The downregulation of THUMPD2 was suggested to play a role in multidrug resistance in in vitro esophageal squamous cell carcinoma.

Original languageEnglish
Article numbere3135
JournalJournal of Gene Medicine
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - 2019 Dec 1



  • drug-resistance
  • gastroenterology
  • oncology
  • tumor-therapy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Molecular Medicine
  • Molecular Biology
  • Genetics
  • Drug Discovery
  • Genetics(clinical)

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