Clinical Cancer Research. 2014 August 14 [Epub ahead of print] [Link]
Dabir S, Kluge A, Kresak AM, Yang M, Fu P, Groner B, Wildey G, Dowlati A.
Purpose: Deregulation of STAT3 activation is a hallmark of many cancer cells and the underlying mechanisms are subject to intense investigation. We examined the extent of PIAS3 expression in mesothelioma cells and human tumor samples and determined the functional effects of PIAS3 expression on STAT3 signaling. Experimental design: We evaluated the expression of PIAS3 in mesothelioma tumors from patients and correlated the expression levels with the course of the disease. We also measured the effects of enhanced PIAS3 activity on STAT3 signaling, cellular growth and viability in cultured mesothelioma cells. Results: Gene expression databases revealed that mesotheliomas have the lowest levels of PIAS3 transcripts among solid tumors. PIAS3 expression in human mesothelioma tumors is significantly correlated with overall survival intervals (p = 0.058). The high expression of PIAS3 is predictive of a favorable prognosis and decreases the probability of death within one year after diagnosis by 44%. PIAS3 expression is functionally linked to STAT3 activation in mesothelioma cell lines. STAT3 down regulation with siRNA or enhanced expression of PIAS3 both inhibited mesothelioma cell growth and induced apoptosis. Mesothelioma cells are sensitive to curcumin and respond by the induction of PIAS3. Corroborative evidence has been obtained from STAT3 inhibition experiments. Exposure of the cells to a peptide derived from the PIAS3 protein which interferes with STAT3 function resulted in apoptosis induction and the inhibition of cell growth. Conclusion: These results suggest that PIAS3 protein expression impacts survival in mesothelioma patients and that PIAS3 activation could become a therapeutic strategy.