The effect of SYT-SSX and extracellular signal-regulated kinase (ERK) on cell proliferation in Synovial sarcoma

Wenjuan Cai, Yan Sun, Wei Wang, Chunrong Han, Mamoru Ouchida, Wenbin Xia, Xiulan Zhao, Baocun Sun

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The character of Synovial sarcoma is the chromosomal translocation t(X; 18)(p11.2;q11.2), which results in the fusion of the SYT gene with a SSX gene. There is little study that could fully elucidate the mechanism of pathogenesis of this fusion transcript. This study is designed to gain more insight into the function of this fusion gene. We evaluated the whole genome expression in SYO-1 cells inhibited as a result of specific small interfering RNA for SYT-SSX. Cell proliferation and apoptosis were analyzed by flow cytometer and MTT. The proteins correlated with proliferation were also detected using western blot. TUNEL and Immunohistochemical stain assessment were also carried out on TMA of SS tissues. The mRNA level reduced over 90% caused by SYT-SSX specific siRNA. Five pathways were employed, that ERK1/2 pathway was differential significantly (p= 0.043218). Meanwhile, down-regulation of SYT-SSX fusion gene expression would inhibit the proliferation of SS cell and the survival rate decreased (34.1%), while apoptotic rate increased (10.92%). After transfected with SYT-SSX-specific siRNA it caused a block in G1/G0 phase (31.99%) of SYO-1 cells compared with control cells. The protein level of ERK1/2, p-ERK, and cyclin D1 altered in same trend with expression of SYT-SSX. In TMA stain assessment, SYT-SSX positive group with high ki-67 LI expressed more cyclin D1 and CDK4 than the SYT-SSX negative group. High ki-67 LI was detected in cases with p-ERK expression. Meanwhile, cyclin D1 and CDK4 were shown to be more expressed in tumor cells with p-ERK expression. Our results suggest that the fusion gene SYT-SSX should be considered to play important role on SS cell growth via ERK pathway. This study may be valuable for understanding the pathogenic role and molecular mechanism of the fusion gene SYT-SSX in synovial sarcoma through the proposed genome-wide approach. Furthermore, the research would open up the possibility of using SYT-SSX and ERK as a therapeutic target.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)357-367
Number of pages11
JournalPathology and Oncology Research
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2011


  • Cell proliferation
  • Fusion gene
  • Synovial sarcoma

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine
  • Oncology
  • Cancer Research


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