Analysis of changes in SUMO-2/3 modification during breast cancer progression and metastasis.


Journal Article

SUMOylation is an essential posttranslational modification and regulates many cellular processes. Dysregulation of SUMOylation plays a critical role in metastasis, yet how its perturbation affects this lethal process of cancer is not well understood. We found that SUMO-2/3 modification is greatly up-regulated in metastatic breast cancer cells compared with nonmetastatic control cells. To identify proteins differentially modified by SUMO-2/3 between metastatic and nonmetastatic cells, we established a method in which endogenous SUMO-2/3 conjugates are labeled by stable isotope labeling by amino acids in cell culture (SILAC), immunopurified by SUMO-2/3 monoclonal antibodies and epitope-peptide elution, and analyzed by quantitative mass spectrometry. We identified 66 putative SUMO-2/3-conjugated proteins, of which 15 proteins show a significant increase/decrease in SUMO-2/3 modification in metastatic cells. Targets with altered SUMOylation are involved in cell cycle, migration, inflammation, glycolysis, gene expression, and SUMO/ubiquitin pathways, suggesting that perturbations of SUMO-2/3 modification might contribute to metastasis by affecting these processes. Consistent with this, up-regulation of PML SUMO-2/3 modification corresponds to an increased number of PML nuclear bodies (PML-NBs) in metastatic cells, whereas up-regulation of global SUMO-2/3 modification promotes 3D cell migration. Our findings provide a foundation for further investigating the effects of SUMOylation on breast cancer progression and metastasis.

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Cited Authors

  • Subramonian, D; Raghunayakula, S; Olsen, JV; Beningo, KA; Paschen, W; Zhang, X-D

Published Date

  • September 2014

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 13 / 9

Start / End Page

  • 3905 - 3918

PubMed ID

  • 25072996

Pubmed Central ID

  • 25072996

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1535-3907

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1535-3893

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1021/pr500119a


  • eng