Identification of RASSF1A modulated genes in nasopharyngeal carcinoma

Oncogene. 2006 Jan 12;25(2):310-6. doi: 10.1038/sj.onc.1209001.


RASSF1A is a tumor suppressor gene on 3p21.3 frequently inactivated by promoter hypermethylation in nasopharyngeal carcinoma (NPC). To identify RASSF1A target genes in NPC, we have investigated the expression profile of the stable RASSF1A transfectants and controls by high-density oligonucleotide array. A total of 57 genes showed differential expression in the RASSF1A-expressing cells. These RASSF1A target genes were involved in multiple cellular regulatory processes such as transcription, signal transduction, cell adhesion and RNA processing. The RASSF1A-modulated expression of eight selected genes with the highest fold changes (ATF5, TCRB, RGS1, activin betaE, HNRPH1, HNRPD, Id2 and CKS2) by RASSF1A was confirmed in both stable and transient transfectants. Compared with the RASSF1A transfectants, an inverse expression pattern of activin betaE, Id2 and ATF5 was shown in the immortalized nasopharyngeal epithelial cells treated with siRNA against RASSF1A. The findings imply that the expression of activin betaE, Id2 and ATF5 was tightly regulated by RASSF1A and may associate with its tumor suppressor function. Strikingly, overexpression of Id2 is common in NPC and RASSF1A-induced repression of Id2 was mediated by the overexpression of activin betaE. The results suggest a novel RASSF1A pathway in which both activin betaE and Id2 are involved.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Biomarkers, Tumor / genetics
  • Biomarkers, Tumor / metabolism*
  • Gene Expression Profiling
  • Gene Expression Regulation, Neoplastic
  • Gene Silencing
  • Humans
  • Inhibin-beta Subunits / genetics
  • Inhibin-beta Subunits / metabolism*
  • Inhibitor of Differentiation Protein 2 / genetics
  • Inhibitor of Differentiation Protein 2 / metabolism*
  • Nasopharyngeal Neoplasms / genetics*
  • Nasopharyngeal Neoplasms / metabolism
  • Oligonucleotide Array Sequence Analysis
  • Reverse Transcriptase Polymerase Chain Reaction
  • Signal Transduction*
  • Transfection
  • Tumor Cells, Cultured
  • Tumor Suppressor Proteins / antagonists & inhibitors
  • Tumor Suppressor Proteins / genetics
  • Tumor Suppressor Proteins / metabolism*


  • Biomarkers, Tumor
  • ID2 protein, human
  • Inhibitor of Differentiation Protein 2
  • RASSF1 protein, human
  • Tumor Suppressor Proteins
  • Inhibin-beta Subunits