Loss of TXNIP enhances peritoneal metastasis and can be abrogated by dual TORC1/2 inhibition.

Spaeth-Cook D, Burch M, Belton R, Demoret B, Grosenbacher N, David J, Stets C, Cohen D, Shakya R, Hays JL, Chen JL
Oncotarget 9 35676-35686 11/02/2018


Peritoneal metastasis (PM) is a debilitating consequence of multiple cancers. As cancer cells lose tonic signaling related to attachment dependence, critical morphologic shifts result in alteration of the transcriptome. Identifying key genes associated with this transformation may lead to targeted therapies for this devastating complication. TC71, CHLA9, PANC1, YOU and HEYA8 cell lines were grown as tumor spheroids in polyHEMA coated plates. Temporal profiling of transcriptomic alterations over 72 hrs was used to develop a comprehensive PM model. We identified transcriptomic outliers using Gaussian mixtures model clustering to identify drivers of spheroid formation. Outliers were validated in The Cancer Genome Atlas (TCGA) and an ovarian tissue microarray (TMA) and by modulation in ovarian cancer models

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