Downregulation of the ubiquitin ligase KBTBD8 prevented epithelial ovarian cancer progression

Lei Du, Cong-Rong Li, Qi-Feng He, Xiao-Hua Li, Lin-Fei Yang, Yuan Zou, Zhi-Xia Yang, Dong Zhang, Xiao-Wei Xing
2020 Molecular Medicine  
Objectives Kelch repeat and BTB domain-containing protein 8, KBTBD8, has been identified as a female fertility factor. However, there have been no reports on the role of KBTBD8 in the progression of epithelial ovarian cancer, EOC. Our study aimed to address this issue. Methods We first examine KBTBD8 expression in EOC tissues and cells. Next, we performed RNA sequencing to reveal the overall mechanism. Then we investigated the roles of KBTBD8 in the proliferation, migration, and health status
more » ... cultured EOC cells. Finally, we employed tumor xenograft models to evaluate the role of KBTBD8 in vivo. Results First, KBTBD8 level was significantly higher in EOC tissues and cells. Next, comparative RNA sequencing identified more tumorigenesis-related genes that KBTBD8 might regulate. Then we found that KBTBD8 knockdown significantly decreased EOC cell proliferation, migration, and the activities of multiple tumorigenesis-related kinases. Finally, KBTBD8 knockdown significantly diminished ovarian tumor formation in vivo. Conclusion Proper KBTBD8 level is essential for the healthy growth of ovarian somatic cells, such as ovarian epithelial cells. Excessive KBTBD8 might be a significant impetus for EOC progression. KBTBD8 reduction greatly inhibits EOC proliferation and migration.
doi:10.1186/s10020-020-00226-7 pmid:33109073 fatcat:ot64y6z7gzcmrnvwqki5hrt2sm