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Document Type

Open Access

Degree Program

Animal Science

Degree Type

Master of Science (M.S.)

Year Degree Awarded

2012

Month Degree Awarded

September

Keywords

Notch, Adam12, microRNA, mir-29, Glioblastoma, Multiforme

Abstract

Glioblastoma is the most common malignant brain tumor, accounting for 17% of all primary brain tumors in the United States. Despite the available surgical, radiation, and chemical therapeutic options, the invasive and infiltrative nature of the tumor render current treatment options minimally effective. Recent reports have identified multiple regulators of glioblastoma progression and invasiveness. It has been demonstrated that ADAM12, A Disintegrin And Metalloproteinase encoded by ADAM12 gene, is over-expressed in glioblastoma and directly correlated with tumor proliferation. Additionally, dysregulation of the Notch signaling pathway has been implicated in the pathogenesis of many gliomas. Lastly, an evolving role of microRNAs, small noncoding RNAs, in carcinogenesis is progressively growing. A recent study has identified ADAM12 as a notch-related gene, and another demonstrated that inhibition of notch signaling decreased glioblastoma recurrence. However the mechanisms of regulation are still unknown. In this study, we hypothesize that direct downregulation of microRNA-29, downstream of over-expression of notch enhances glioblastoma malignancy through upregulation of ADAM12. Although our data demonstrate upregulation of Notch1, its downstream target HES1, and ADAM12 in U87MG glioblastoma cell line. Expression of the cleaved intracellular Notch1 was not detected. Furthermore, we were unable to demonstrate an inhibitory effect of ɣ-secretase inhibitor on Notch signaling, likely reflecting the requirement for modifying culturing conditions or detection in our assays. Furthermore, miR-29 was detected in glioblastoma cells. The expression of miR-29 was further elevated by ɣ-secretase inhibitor treatment, suggesting a role for Notch1 inhibition on miR-29 expression. Although no conclusive results are shown in our work, a role of Notch1 through miR-29 is implicated in the pathogenesis of glioblastoma pathogenesis warranting further investigation into the role downstream target genes in the Notch signaling pathway.

First Advisor

Lisa M Minter

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