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Soy Phytoestrogens on DNA Methylation in Prostate Cancer

Marine Daures1,2, Marjolaine Ngollo1,2, Mouhamed Idrissou1,2, Gaëlle Judes1,2, Khaldoun Rifaï1,2, Frédérique Penault-Llorca2,3, Yves Jean Bignon1,2, Laurent Guy2,4 and Dominique Bernard- Gallon1,2*

1Department of Oncogenetics, Centre Jean Perrin, 63001 Clermont-Ferrand, France

2University Clermont Auvergne, INSERM U1240, IMoST, 63000 Clermont-Ferrand, France

3Department of Biopathology, Centre Jean Perrin, 63000 Clermont-Ferrand, France

4Department of Urology, CHU Gabriel Montpied, 63000 Clermont-Ferrand, France

*Corresponding Author:
Dominique Bernard-Gallon
Department of Oncogenetics
Centre Jean Perrin, INSERM U1240
Clermont-Ferrand, France
Tel: 0473178358
E-mail: [email protected]

Received Date: March 21, 2017; Accepted Date: March 27, 2017; Published Date: March 31, 2017

Citation: Daures M, Ngollo M, Idrissou M, et al. Soy Phytoestrogens on DNA Methylation in Prostate Cancer. J Clin Epigenet. 2017, 3:1. doi: 10.21767/2472-1158.100046

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Soy phytoestrogens are dietary components with considerable effects on reducing the incidence of prostate cancer. Furthermore, the epigenetic regulation of gene expression can be modified by soy phytoestrogens [1]. Qualitative and quantitative studies show a decrease of promoter methylation on tumour suppressor gene such as BRCA1, BRCA2, EPHB2, GSTP1 and RASSF1A on prostate cancer cell lines treated with genistein and daidzein. Effects of both molecules were compared to the demethylating agent of DNA, the 5-azacytidin [2,3]. Indeed, these genes are known to be hypermethylated in prostate cancer. This hypermethylation leads to the loss of their expressions and to chemotherapy-resistance of tumor cells [4,5].

In order to understand the molecular mechanisms involved in the methylation reversion of DNA by phytoestrogens, a comparative study of the effect of phytoestrogens and 17β-estradiol was carried out on prostate cancer cell lines PC-3, LNCaP and DU 145 which differ in their Androgen Receptor (AR) status but share Estrogen Receptor Beta (ERβ). For this purpose, 24 genes were selected for their direct involvement in prostate cancer. This gene panel compared the effects of genistein, daidzein, 17β-estradiol and 5-azacytidine. A demethylating effect of genistein and daidzein on most genes was observed except for the DLC1 and hsa-miR-34a genes in the PC-3; DLC1, hsa-miR-34a and MSX1 in DU 145 and OPCML in LNCaP [6].

Furthermore, 17β-estradiol effect on gene demethylation was similar to 5-azacytidine and soy phytoestrogens, it reduces the methylation of oncosuppressors in prostate cancer. This result suggests that demethylating action of phytoestrogens, which have a similar molecular structure to estrogens, would pass through ERβ. However, it is possible that some of phytoestrogen effects on DNA methylation operate by other pathways because all genes don’t have Estrogen Response Elements (EREs) in their regulatory regions. Indeed, phytoestrogens-ERβ complex is translocated in nucleus where it binds to the EREs on target genes promoters in order to moduce their demethylating effect in cells. In addition, methylome study by MeDIP-on-chip technique on DU 145 and LNCaP cells after treatment with genistein, daidzein and 5-azacytidine showed 88 genes modulated by soy phytoestrogens in DU 145 against 478 genes in LNCaP. MAD1L1, TRAF7, KDM4B and hTERT genes were commonly differentially methylated in both cell lines after treatment and demethylating effect of genistein and daidzein was more marked than 5-azacytidine [7]. These demethylating effects imply a transcription regulation of these genes by DNA methylation. Signaling pathways analysis of these 4 genes reveals an association with the NF-kB and p53 pathways.

These two pathways are deregulated in prostate cancers and play a major role in proliferation and apoptosis. Previous studies have shown a decrease in NF-kB activity by genistein in prostate cancer cell lines suggesting an indirect effect of genistein on tumor proliferation [8].

Mitotic arrest deficient-like 1 (MAD1L1) is involved in the cell cycle by controlling the mitotic spindle-assembly and chromosome alignment. The expression loss of this gene contributes to tumor development. This result suggests a reactivation of MAD1L1 gene expression by promoter demethylation by phytoestrogens.

Interplay between TNF Receptor-associated factor 7 ( TRAF7) and p53 was demonstrated in breast cancer and it shows a decrease in TRAF7 expression [9]. TRAF7 impair p53 via its E3 ubiquinine ligase activity. Decrease of TRAF7 expression leads to an accumulation of p53 protein in tumor cells causing a proliferation increase. Decrease of TRAF7 methylation with genistein and daidzein would increase transcription of this gene in prostate cancer cells, reflecting the anti-proliferative role of soy phytoestrogens in cancer.

Lysine (K)-specific demethylase 4B ( KDM4B) and telomerase reverse transcriptase ( hTERT) possess oncogenic activity in cancers [10-12]. KDM4B overexpression in prostate cancer and its association with the Androgen Receptor (AR) suggest that KDM4B is a potential factor in tumor progression [13]. KDM4B acts as a coactivator of AR, increasing its transcriptional activity and stability by inhibiting its proteasome degradation [14]. Thus, KDM4B promoter does not show methylation, which leads to suppose that gene regulation is not dependent on DNA methylation. These observations may explain the work of Coffey et al. which shows a KDM4B increase in prostate cancers. However, genistein and daidzein treatments show an increase on KDM4B and hTERT methylation. These results suggest a methylation effect of soy phytoestrogens on genes with an oncogenic effect. Genistein effect on repression of hTERT transcription has been previously demonstrated. Indeed, genistein would indirectly inhibit hTERT repression by negatively regulating C-MYC transcription factor which activate hTERT transcription [15].

These results confirm the major role of epigenetic mechanisms in tumor development and suggest that soy phytoestrogens behave like epidrugs in prostate cancers.


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