Role of Oncogenes and Tumor Suppressor Genes in Multistage Carcinogenesis

Role of Oncogenes and Tumor Suppressor Genes in Multistage Carcinogenesis

GENETIC DETERMINANTS OF MALIGNANCY Role of Oncogenes and Tumor Suppressor Genes in Multistage Carcinogenesis Stuart H. Yuspa, Andrzej A. Dlugosz, Ch...

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Role of Oncogenes and Tumor Suppressor Genes in Multistage Carcinogenesis Stuart H. Yuspa, Andrzej A. Dlugosz, Christina K. Cheng, Mitchell F. Denning, Tamar Tennenbaum, Adam B. Glick, and Wendy C. Weinberg Laboratory of Cellular Carcinogenesis and Tumor Promotion, National Cancer Institute, Bethesda, Maryland U.S.A.

The introduction of the techniques of molecular biol­ ogy as tools to study skin carcinogenesis has provided more precise localization of biochemical pathways that regulate the tumor phenotype. This approach has identified genetic changes that are characteristic of each of the specific stages of squamous cancer patho­ genesis: initiation, exogenous promotion, premalig­ nant progression, and malignant conversion. Initiation can result from mutations in a single gene, and the Harvey allele of the ras gene family has been identified as a frequent site for initiating mutations. Heterozy­ gous activating mutations in c-rasH- are dominant, and affected keratinocytes hyperproliferate and are resist­ ant to signals for terminal differentiation. An impor­ tant pathway impacted by c-rasH- activation is the pro­ tein kinase C (PKC) pathway, a major regulator of keratinocyte differentiation. Increased activity of PKCa and suppression ofPKC6by tyrosine phospho­ rylation contribute to the phenotypic consequences of rasH- gene activation in keratinocytes. Tumor promot­ ers disturb epidermal homeostasis and cause selective clonal expansion of initiated cells to produce multiple benign squamous papillomas. Resistance to differen-

tiation and enhanced growth rate of initiated cells im­ part a growth advantage when the epidermis is exposed to promoters. The frequency of premalignant progres­ sion varies among papillomas, and subpopulations at high risk for progression have been identified. These high-risk papillomas overexpress the a6p4 integrin and are deficient in transforming growth factor P1 and fJ2 peptides, two changes associated with a very high proliferation rate in this subset of tumors. The intro­ duction of an oncogenic rasH- gene into epidermal cells derived from transgenic mice with a null mutation in the TGFp1 gene have an accelerated rate of malignant progression when examined in .,ivo. Thus members of the TGFp gene family contribute a tumor-suppressor function in carcinogenesis. Accelerated malignant progression is also found with v-rasH- transduced kera­ tinocytes from skin of mice with a null mutation in the p53 gene. The similarities in risk for malignant con­ version by initiated keratinocytes from TGp1 and p53 null geneotypes suggest that a common, growth-re­ lated pathway may underly the tumor-suppressive functions of these proteins in the skin carcinogenesis mode!.] Invest Dermatol103:90S-95S, 1994


context of the intact epidermis. In cell culture, initiated keratino­ cytes dis play an altered response to signals for terminal differentia­ tion, a characteristic that provides a selective growth advantage under culture conditions favoring diffe rentiation [2-4]. Exploita­ tion of this differen ce in vitro h as been particularly hel pful in isolat­ ing initiated keratinocytes of mouse and human origin [5-8]. Exogenous tumor promotion causes the selective clonal expan­ sion of initiated cells to produce multiple benign squamous cell papillomas, each representing a clone of thousands of initiated cells. Potent exog enous promoters of the phorbol ester class activate, protein kinase C (PKC), a nd this enzyme activity accelerates epi­ dermal terminal differentiation [9-11]. Because initiated cells resist the induction of terminal differentiation by activators ofPKC [12], the differential response to phorbol esters favors the growth of the initiated subpopulation. This process recapitulates in vivo, the clonal selection of initiated cells by differentiation inducing agents in ke­ ratinocyte culture [13-15]. Squamous papillomas demonstrate a �ign proliferation rate and delayed maturation, properties that are analog ous to the phenotype of individual initiated cells in vitro [16,17]. Because most exogenous promoting agents are not muta­ genic [1], papillomas are d iploid [18,19], and a single genetic change in normal keratinocytes is sufficient to produce a papilloma pheno­ type [20-22], the mechanism of exogenous promotion is likely to

he introduction of the techniques of molecular biol­ ogy as tools to study skin carcinogenesis has provided more precise localization of pathway s that regulate the tumor phenotype However, the application of these tools to answer relevant questions has depended on the establishment of a conceptual framework that developed over four decades of research on the biology and cellular physiology of s kin cancer induction by chemical exposures. These studies indi­ cated that p redictable and progressive stages occurred during the clonal evolution of a normal keratinocyte into a squamous cell car­ cinoma, and both genetic an d epigenetic events contributed to these changes [1]. Progress in understanding carcinogen esis was enhanced when certain p roperties associated with a particular stag e of skin cancer pathogenesis were characterized [1]. Operational analyses, which defined the experimental requirements to produce a s pecific neoplastic phenotype, have also been important for understanding the process of tumor development (Fig 1). The earliest event documented in skin carcinogenesis initiation, is carcinogen induced and mutational in nature. Initiated keratino­ cytes express a subtle change in phenoty pe unrecognizable in the .



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Figure 1. Operational stages in experimental skin carcinogenesis. Each stage is defined by the biologic consequences of a specific experimental protocol. This scheme serves as a framework for molecular analysis of multii stage carcinogenesis. See text and [1] for details.

be epigenetic in most cases. In the absence ofexposure to exogenous

promoters, initiated skin rarely develops tumors. Thus, exogenous promotion is a rate-limiting early event in carcinogenesis. Premalignant progression is most often a spontaneous process, independent of exogenous promoters [23,24]. Genetic studies indi­ cate that non-random sequential chromosomal aberrations are asso­ ciated with premalignant progression [19,25-28]. This stage of cancer pathogenesis constitutes the major time-dependent compo­ nent of carcinogenesis and must involve repeated episodes of cell selection since modal dominance of a specific chromosomal aberra­ tion indicates clonal outgrowth. Thus, at least one function of the relevant genetic events occurring during premalignant progression must impart a growth advantage on the affected cell. Malignant conversion of benign tumors is a relatively rare occur­ rence; less than 5% of papillomas spontaneously convert to cancers [23,24]. The risk for malignant conversion is variable among benign tumors, and subpopulations of papillomas with a much higher risk for malignant conversion have been identified [29 - 31]. Because the conversion frequency can be significantly increased by exposing animals bearing benign tumors to mutagens, the crucial events in the conversion process appear to be genetic in nature [23,24]. How­ ever, even mutagen-induced malignant conversion varies in fre­ quency, and the subclass of papillomas at high risk for spontaneous conversion is also at higher risk for mutagen-induced conversion [30]. Thus, the factors that determine risk for conversion to malig­ nancy must increase susceptibility to spontaneous or induced ge­ netic changes. The identification of these factors would be an im­ portant goal in understanding cancer pathogenesis. THE


The mutational basis for initiation of mouse epidermal carcinogen­ esis was supported by the discovery that the c-rasHa gene was fre­ quently mutated in chemically-induced squamous papillomas, and the site of the mutation was determined by the initiating carcinogen [32-37]. A causal relationship for a ras mutation and initiation of skin carcinogenesis was established when an activated v-rasHa onco­ gene was introduced into normal epidermis or cultured keratino­ cytes and recipient cells developed into squamous papillomas in vivo 120,38]' Subsequent studies indicated that a significant number of human skin cancers also contained mutated c-ras genes [39-44]. We have used cultured keratinocytes into which the v-rasHa gene was introduced via retroviral transduction to further characterize the initiated phenotype and to identify pathways affected by the expression of the v-rasHa p21 oncoprotein [45 -47]. Primary keratinocytes expressing the v-rasHa oncogene, intro­ duced by a defective retroviral vector, exhibit an altered response to signals for terminal differentiation in cell culture and produce squa­ mous papillomas when grafted onto nude mice [20,45-47]. Thus, this single gene change can accomplish all the requirements for initiation. In cultures of normal keratinocytes, increasing extracel­ lular Ca++ from 0.05 to 0.12 mM induces both mRNA transcripts and protein for several differentiation markers, including keratin 1 (Kl), KI0, loricrin, filaggrin, and keratinocyte transglutarninase (TGJ [48,49] (Fig 2). In v-rasHa keratinocytes, Ca++-mediated ex-


pression of mRNA for K1 and K10 is blocked, loricrin and fiJaggrin expression are enhanced, and TGK is expressed constitutively (Fig 2). Similar changes in expression of these epidermal markers had been documented in normal keratinocytes treated withPKC activa­ tors such as phorbol esters and diacylglycerol (Fig 2) [11,12,47,50]. Furthermore, diacylglycerol levels are markedly elevated in v-rasH. keratinocytes and in keratinocytes expressing a mutated c-rasHa, when compared to normal epidermal cells [51,52]. Diacylglycerol is the endogenous activator ofPKC [53,54]. WhenPKC activity was measured in v-rasH. keratinocytes and compared to activity in nor­ mal epidermal cells, PKC activity that is Ca++-dependent was in­ creased whereas PKC activity that is Ca++-independent was de­ creased in the v-rasHa initiated cells (not shown). To examine if the PKC pathway could be responsible for the phenotypic alterations in v-rasHa keratinocytes, inhibitors of PKC were used to determine their influence on the expression of epidermal markers in cells initi­ ated by v-rasHa transduction. Both constitutive and Ca++-induced expression ofTGK mRNA in v-rasHa keratinocytes was prevented by inactivating PKC with bryostatin or GF 109203X, selective PKC inhibitors. Bryostatin treatment also restored the Ca++-induced ex­ pression ofK1 andK10 to v-rasH. cells (not shown). These findings support the hypothesis that rasHa-induced alterations in keratino­ cyte differentiation are the result of chronic activation of a Ca++-de­ pendent isoform of PKC and reduced activity of a Ca++-indepen­ dent isoform of PKC. Thus, pharmacologic modulation of this pathway may provide an approach to reverse the neoplastic pheno­ type. Since PKC activation results in terminal differentiation of normal keratinocytes [9-11], the chronic activation ofPKC measured in v-rasHa keratinocytes that did not spontaneously undergo terminal differentiation presented a paradox. Neoplastic keratinocyte cell lines expressing an activated c-rasH• gene also have elevated diacyl­ glycerol levels [52] , but are resistant to terminal differentiation in­ duced by either Ca++ or phorbol esters. This suggested that qualitaCa2+(mM) 0.05

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analysis performed as described previously (\ \,. A.t the timepoint examined

(24 h), transcription of the later markers, loricrin and filaggrin, is low in normal keratinocytes (48).



tive changes in PKC isoforms may also contribute to the initiated phenotype and could account for differences in Ca++-dependent and independent PKC activity in v-rasfh keratinocytes. PKC is a family ofenzymes, members of which are differentially expressed in particular tissues and cell types [55]. Five PKC isozymes are ex­ pressed in keratinocytes (a, �, E, C, ,,) [56]. Of these, PKCa is the only Ca++-dependent isoform. In an analysis of modification of these isoforms, we found tyrosine phosphorylation of PKC� in v-rasfh keratinocytes [57]. PKC� was also tyrosine phosphorylated in neoplastic keratinocytes containing an activated allele of the c­ H. ras gene. The activity of tyrosine phosphorylated PKC� was con­ stitutively low and could not be stimulated significantly by phorbol ester treatment, indicating that tyrosine phosphorylation blocks ac­ tivation of PKC� [57]. This interaction between tyrosine kinases and PKC permits signaling through specific PKC isozyme in cells expressing an oncogenic rasfh gene and may represent a molecular block to differentiation in neoplastic keratinocytes. CHARACTERISTICS OF TUMORS AT HIGH RISK FOR MALIGNANT CONVERSION Variations in protocols used for inducing skin tumors yield sub­ groups of papillomas with either low or high risk for progression to malignancy [32] . High risk tumors represent a relatively small co­ hort of papillomas. They are selectively induced by limited expo­ sure to strong promoters or by more prolonged exposure to weak promoters [32] . Thus, they appear to be more sensitive to exogenous tumor promotion. In addition, high risk papillomas erupt early, grow larger, and do not regress when promoter exposure is discon­ tinued. Thus, high risk papillomas have unique growth properties. We have performed comparative phenotypic analyses of high and low risk papillomas to identify differences that may suggest a mo­ lecular basis for the altered biologic potential of this class of benign tumors. Several tumor induction protocols were utilized that pref­ erentially produce each papilloma subtype. The tumors were evalu­ ated at the time they first erupted (8 -11 weeks) and sequentially during the course of tumor progression. Particular attention was concentrated on expression of specific integrins and cytokeratins as changes in these markers previously were identified with particular stages of skin tumor progression [58,59]. High-risk papillomas demonstrated basal and suprabasal expression of the a6p4 integrin, loss of keratin 1, and aberrant expression of keratin 13 when they first erupted at 8 weeks after promotion started (Fig 3a,b.c). In these tumors, a6p4 integrin expression coincided with an expansion of the proliferating compartment as indicated by suprabasal bromo­ deoxyuridine labeling [60]. In contrast, a6p4 immunostaining was confined to basal cells in low risk tumors, keratin 1 was abundant, and keratin 13 was absent or focal in the majority of this group, whereas proliferating cells were largely in the basal compartment (Fig 3d,e!). By 33 weeks after promotion started, a6p4 suprabasal expression continued to distinguish papillomas at higher risk for malignant conversion, but keratin 13 was expressed in all groups (Fig 4). At this time, high risk papillomas displayed focal expres­ sion of keratin 8 [46,61,62] and y-glutamyltranspeptidase, markers also found in chemically -induced carcinomas but not low-risk tumors (Fig 4). Keratin 13 was lost in most carcinomas. Keratin 8 and y-glutamyltranspeptidase were only expressed in a6p4 positive cells [60]. These results indicate that expression of a6p4 integrin in suprabasal strata serves as an early predictive marker to identify benign squamous tumors at high risk for malignant progression and that this marker is associated with a higher proliferation rate and suprabasal proliferation in high-risk tumors. GROWTH FACTORS AND THE RISK FOR MALIGNANT CONVERSION The transforming growth factor-p's are expressed in the epidermis and are growth inhibitors for both normal and initiated mouse kera­ tinocytes in vitro [63] ; altered TGF-p expression could influence the growth properties of high risk papillomas. Normal epidermis, and skin papillomas at low risk for malignant conversion express TGF­ P1 in the basal cell compartment and TGF-fJ2 in the suprabasal



Figure 3. Immunohistochemical markers distinguish high risk and low risk papillomas. Papillomas were generated on the skin of SEN CAR

mice by initiation with 10 pg of7,12-dimethylbenz[a]anthracene and pro­ motion with 12-0-tetradecanoylphorbol-13-acetate (TPA, 2 JAg, once weekly) to produce papillomas at low risk for malignant progression or mezerein (4 JAg, twice weekly) to produce papillomas at high risk for malig­ nant progression [31]. High risk papillomas (a,b,e) were excised at 8 weeks when they were first detected clinically and only about 1- 2 mm in diame­ ter. Low risk papillomas (d,ef) were excised at 11 weeks, also at first detec­ tion. Frozen sections were processed for immunochemistry using specific antibodies for the 0:6 integrin subunit (a,d), keratin 1 (b,e) and keratin 13 (ef). Reagents and procedures for frozen sectious and immunochemistry have been described previously [59]. Each panel represents a 5-p.m frozen section through the entire tumor. Bar, 200 JAm.

strata [1 7] . In low-risk tumors, 90% of the proliferating cells are confined to the basal compartment. In contrast, the majority of high risk papillomas are devoid of both TGF-p1 and TGF-fJ2 as soon as they arise; these tumors have up to 40% of the proliferating cells in the suprabasal layers [17]. Squamous cell carcinomas are also devoid of TGF-p [17,64], suggesting that they arise from the TGF-p­ deficient high-risk papillomas. In some high-risk papillomas, TGF-p loss can occur first and correlates with basal cell hyperpro­ liferation, whereas TGF-fJ2 loss correlates with suprabasal hyper­ proliferation. In tumors, loss of TGF-p is controlled at the post­ transcriptional level [17,64]. These results show that TGF-p ex­ pression and function are compartmentalized in epidermis and epidermal tumors, and that loss ofTGF-p is an early, biologically relevant risk factor for malignant progression. The importance ofTGF-p loss in progression was demonstrated directly using transgenic mice with null mutations introduced into the TGF-p110cus [65]. Keratinocyte cultures were established from epidermis of newborn mice either homozygous or heterozygous for the TGF-p1 null mutation or from wildtype littermates. The v­ H ras . oncogene was introduced by a defective retrovirus into cells of each genotype, and recipient cells were grafted onto nude mouse hosts. As expected, the v-rasH'-transduced wild type keratinocytes produced benign papillomas in grafts. In contrast, the tumors that developed from v-rasH'-transduced TGF-p1 null keratinocytes were either very dysplastic papillomas or squamous cell carcinomas. These results provide strong genetic proof to indicate that the loss of TGF-p1 is a critical step in the progression to malignancy in the . e�idermis. THE P 5 3 TUMOR SUPPRESSOR GENE AND MALIGNANT CONVERSION

The p53 gene is frequently mutated in human squamous cell and basal cell carcinomas of the skin [66-69]. This is likely to result from the direct mutational action of ultraviolet light since the most frequent mutagenic change is a C -+ T transition commonly found at C-C dinucleotides [66-69]. The E6 transforming gene of onco­ genic human papilloma viruses targets p53 protein to fonn a rapidly degraded complex. This action of E6 is essential for transforming activity of this virus for cultured keratinocytes [70-73]. Together these results suggest an important role for p53 in epidermal carcino­ genesis. In experimental mouse skin carcinogenesis, p53 mutations




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Figure 4. Low-risk tumors are phenotypically distinct from carci­ nomas after 33 weeks of tumor promotion. Tumors were induced by the low-risk protocol described in the legend to Fig 3. After 33 weeks papillomas were excised for immunohistochemical staining of frozen sec­ tions (a,b,c). Simultaneous staining was p erformed on the few carcinomas that also develop from this protocol (d,eJ). The specific antibodies used were to recognize (a,d) keratin 13; (b,e) a6 integrin subunit; (en keratin 8. Re­ agents and procedures have been reported previously [60] . Bar, 100 Jlm.

are extremely rare in papillomas, but mutations are detected in car­ cinomas [74-77]. This suggests that loss of p53 func tion may be relevant to malig nant conversion [78]. To test this question, kerati­ nocytes from skin of newborn p53 nul l transgenic mice [79] were culture d and transduced with the v-rasH> gene in experiments simi­ lar to those performed on TGF-fJ1 null mice. In all groups large tumors were apparent two weeks after grafting. Mice grafted with p53(+j+) keratinocytes developed papill omas (eigh t of eight), whereas all mice grafted with p53(-j-) keratinocytes developed squamous cell carcinomas (eight of eight) . p53(+j-) cells produced rapidly growing papillomas; 10 of 19 of these papillomas progressed to carcinomas within five weeks (Fig 5). Thus, loss of the p53 p rotein in combination with a mutant rasH> gene is associated with the malignant conversion stage of ep idermal carcinogenesis .

CONCLUSIONS The use of molecular approaches to anal yze established biologic concepts has provided insights into functional changes in cell physi­ ology during carcinogenesis. We now recognize that the initiated phenotype results from intrinsic changes in intracellular signa ling pathways, particula rly those related to terminal differentiation. When activation of the c-rasH> gene is responsible for initiation of keratinocyte neoplasia, a critical target is the PKC pathway. The five PKC isoforms in keratinocytes contribute to specific compo­ nents of the differentiation response. Presently, the analysis suggests that chronic activ ation of P KCa through increased cellular diacyl­ glycerol and functional inhibition ofPKCa due to phosphorylation on tyrosine residue(s) contribute to the altered differentiation re­ sponse characteristic of initiated epidennal cells. Extrinsic tumor promotion and premalignant progression are as­ sociated with changes in extrinsic signaling pathways. The control of prol iferation of neo lastic epidermal cells seems central to these stages. Se lective clona expansion of the neoplastic population is a requirement . The accumulation of genetic and chromosomal ch anges associated with rogression may be a consequence of a l­ tered proliferation contro . We now know that loss of expression or localization of the TGF-fJ class of growth factors is a common pathway through which premalignant progress ion proceeds in skin carcinogenesis. Loss of response by neoplastic cells to negative growth factors such as TGFfJ be an alternative pathway to achieve the same en dpoint [80-84. Loss ofTGF-fJ responsiveness has been associated with mutation and functional inactivation in p53 [85 ,86] and could account for the accelerated skin tumor pro­ gression observed for both p53 and TGF-fJ null mice transduced with the v-rasH> gene. The molecular ,basis for malignant conversion is still under inves-




Figure S. Tumors induced on nude mice from grafts of keratino­ cytes expressing the v-rasHo oncogene. Skin keratinocytes were cultured from p53 null transgenic mice (e) or their wildtype (a) or heterozygous (b) littermates. In culture, ce lls of each genotype were transduced with the v-rasH> oncogene by a defective retroviral vector and removed from culture after 3 d for skin grafting as described [20]. Within 3-5 weeks, tumors developed on recipient mice that had either the benign (a,b) or malignant (e) phenotype. See text for quantitative evaluation. Bar, 1 cm.

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