Prostaglandin E2 stimulates the growth of colon cancer cells via induction of amphiregulin

Jinyi Shao, Sean B. Lee, Huiping Guo, B. Mark Evers, Hongmiao Sheng

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Prostaglandin E2 (PGE2), a major product of cyclooxygenase enzymes, is implicated in colorectal carcinogenesis and has been shown to stimulate the growth of human colorectal carcinoma cells. Here, we show that PGE2 activated the cyclic AMP/protein kinase A pathway, which induced the expression of amphiregulin (AR), an epidermal growth factor family member, through activation of a cyclic AMP-responsive element in the AR promoter. AR exerted a mitogenic effect on LS-174 cells and partially mediated the PGE2-induced growth stimulation. In addition, PGE2, in collaboration with transforming growth factor-α or K-Ras oncogene, synergistically induced AR expression and activated receptor tyrosine kinase-dependent signaling pathways. Our results provide novel mechanisms for cyclooxygenase-2 pro-oncogenic activity and suggest that PGE2 may act with major oncogenic pathways in a synergistic fashion to activate the epidermal growth factor receptor signaling system through a ligand-dependent autocrine pathway.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)5218-5223
Number of pages6
JournalCancer Research
Issue number17
StatePublished - Sep 1 2003

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • Cancer Research


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