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ERK/MAPK Signalling Pathway Regulates MMP2 through ETS1 in Renal Clear Cell Carcinoma

[ Vol. 24 , Issue. 6 ]


Hai-Bin Chen, Wei Li*, Zhan Yang*, Kai-Long Liu, Bao-Sai Lu and Zi-Yi Wang   Pages 780 - 789 ( 10 )


<p>Background: The c-ETS-1 (ETS1) expression is high in clear cell renal cell carcinoma (ccRCC) tissues; however, how it impacts ccRCC is currently unknown. <p> Methods: The online STRING web source was used to construct a protein network interacting with ETS1. The Cell Counting Kit-8 was used to detect the cell viability. A clonogenic assay, a wound-healing assay, and a Transwell assay were used to detect cell proliferation, invasion and migration abilities. Western blot was used to detect the expression of proteins. <p> Results: The data showed the expression of ETS1 in ccRCC tissues to be significantly increased compared to adjacent tissues (p<0.05). The positive expression of ETS1 in ccRCC patients aged 20–100 was statistically significant compared to adjacent normal tissues (p<0.05). The grade of ETS1 positive expression (1-4) and lymph node metastasis (N1) in ccRCC were significantly higher than those in adjacent normal tissues (p<0.05). The tumour stage (stages 1-4) in ccRCC patients with positive ETS1 expression was significantly higher than that in adjacent normal tissues (p<0.05). Knockdown of ETS1 and PERK inhibitors significantly inhibited the proliferation, migration and invasion of ccRCC cells. Knockdown of ETS1 inhibited MMP-2 expression, and an extracellular signal-related kinase (ERK) inhibitor inhibited both ETS1 and MMP-2 expression. <p> Conclusion: A high expression of ETS1 is associated with the progression of ccRCC. This study suggests that ETS1 promotes proliferation by increasing MMP2 expression in ccRCC, and combined knockdown of ETS1 and inhibition of ERK can significantly inhibit the proliferation, migration and invasion of ccRCC. ETS1 may be a therapeutic and prognostic target for renal cell carcinoma.</p>


Renal clear cell carcinoma, ETS1, pERK, MMP2, cell proliferation, migration.


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