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Volume 1, Number 1, December 2008, pages 33-39

Inhibition of de novo Methyltransferase 3B is a Potential Therapy for Hepatocellular Carcinoma

Hong Fana, b, Jian Chenga, Zhu Jiang Zhaoa

aKey Laboratory of Developmental Genes and Human Disease, Ministry of Education, Southeast University; Department of Genetics and Development, Southeast University Medical School. 87 Dingjiaqiao, Nanjing 210009, Jiangsu Province, China
bCorresponding Author: Department of Genetics and Development, Key Laboratory of Developmental Genes and Human Disease, Ministry of Education, Southeast University, 87 Dingjiaqiao, Nanjing, P. R. China, 210009

Manuscript submitted October 24, 2008, accepted November 6, 2008
Short title: Inhibition of de novo DNMT3B for HCC


Background: Aberrant epigenetic patterns, including inactivation of tumor suppressor genes due to DNA methylation, have been described in many human cancers. Epigenetic therapeutic is a new and rapidly developing area of tumor treatment because DNA methyltransferase (DNMT) inhibitors can reverse its changes. We attempted to identify potential approach for epigenetic therapy of hepatocellular carcinoma.

Methods: We knocked down the expression of DNMT 1 or DNMT 3B by siRNA, and inhibited DNA methyltranferases by 5-Aza-2’-deoxycytidine. We used high-density oligonucleotide gene expression microarrays to examine the induced genes in human hepatocellular carcinoma cell line SMMC-7721 after suppressing DNA methyltranferases. The 5’ ends of up-regulated genes were analyzed by BLAST database to determine whether they have promoter CpG islands, and then the identical induced genes were compared among different inhibition of DNA methyltranferases.

Results: Our results show that 9 genes were found to be over expressed by more than two-fold induced by DNMT1 siRNA and 5-Aza-CdR, and 30 genes were found to be over expressed by more than two-fold induced by DNMT3B siRNA and 5-Aza-CdR in SMMC-7721. Among them, 76.6% up-regulated genes conjectural contained 5’ CpG islands. The DNMT3B siRNA could induce more genes identical to demethylation agent in SMMC-7721.

Conclusions: DNMT3B might be a new potential target for therapy of hepatocellular carcinoma.

Keywords: Epigenetic; therapy; DNMTs; Hepatocellular Carcinoma; 5-Aza-CdR; siRNA; CpG islands; methylation


Cancer is an epigenetic disease due to aberrant epigenetic patterns in the development of human cell, especially in abnormal DNA methylation. Transcriptional silencing of tumor-suppressor genes by CpG methylation may contribute to tumorigenesis. Moreover, the potential way is to drug-induced reactivation of methylation silenced tumor suppressor genes. 5-Aza-2’-deoxycytidine (5-Aza-CdR) inhibits DNA methylation and often is used in vitro to induce the re-expression of genes putatively silenced by promoter methylation(1).

5-Aza-CdR substituted for cytosine during replication and is recognized by DNA methyltransferases (DNMTs)(2). This treatment ultimately depletes cellular stores of DNMTs and results in widespread genomic hypomethylation(3). In addition to reactivation of methylation-silenced tumor-suppressor genes, 5-aza-Cyd and 5-aza-dCyd are highly toxic in cultured cells(4, 5) and animals(6, 7).

DNA methylation of CpG dinucleotides is known to be mediated by at least three DNMTs, including DNMT3A, DNMT3B, and DNMT1. DNMT3A and DNMT3B are de novo methyltransferases that initiate the methylation process, whereas DNMT1, the maintenance methyltransferase, directs methylation of the newly synthesized strand complimentary to the hemimethylated DNA(8). Studies suggested that over-expression of DNMT1 and /or DNMT3B involved in tumorigenesis and development of most cancers(9-12), including hepatocellular carcinoma(13). The DNMT1 siRNA treatment led to a partial removal of DNA methylation from inactive promoter CpG islands, and restored the expression of tumor suppressor genes(14). Gene targeting experiments have shown that DNMT3B plays an important role in the hypermethylation of CpG islands in human cancers(15). Rhee(16) demonstrated that somatic cell knockouts of both DNMT3B and DNMT1 genes led to demethylation and re-expression of tumor suppressor genes in a colon cancer cell line. We used a combination of genetic (siRNA) and pharmacological (5-aza-2'-deoxycytidine) inhibitors of DNMTs to study the contribution of the DNMT isotypes to cancer-cell methylation. In the current study, we investigated the effects of 5-aza-2'-deoxycytidine alone and suppression of DNMT1 or DNMT3B on human hepatoma cell lines. We try to explore the possibility of treatment strategy to hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) by modifying the aberrant methylation.

Materials and Methods▴Top 

Cell Culture and 5-Aza-CdR Treatment

The human hapetocellular carcinoma cell line SMMC-7721 was obtained from the Cell Bank (Shanghai, China). Cell lines were maintained in RPIM1640 medium supplemented with 12% heat-inactivate NBS, 100 units/ml of penicillin, and 100 units /ml of streptomycin. Cells were cultured at 75 ml flask and treated in the next day with 100 uM 5-Aza-CdR (Sigma Chemical Co., St. Louis, MO) up to 4 days. The cultured medium was changed 3 days after treatment, and total RNA was extracted at day 3 from exponentially growing cultures.

Preparation of siRNA of DNMT, a vector-based siRNA construct and transfection of DMMT RNAi construct to hepatocellular carcinoma cell line SMMC-7721

SiRNAs targeting DNMT1 or DNMT3B were designed and prepared as previous described(17, 18). The siRNA sequences against DNMT1 were designed as sense and antisense oligonucleotides corresponding to nucleotide position 2,620-2,638 of human DNMT1 (GenBank accession No. NM001379.1). The sequence of DNMT3B siRNA corresponds to nucleotide position 470-488 of DNMT3B (GenBank accession no. AF331857), there was no homology with other human genes was found by scanning the GenBank of NCBI using these siRNA.

The human hepatocellular carcinoma cell line SMMC-7721 (No. TCHu13 Cell Bank Shanghai, China) was maintained by serial passage in RPMI 1640 (Life Technologies, Inc., Rockville, MD) containing 10% heat-inactivated new born bovine serum, 100 U/ml penicillin and 100 mg/ml streptomycin, and incubated at 37°C, 5% CO2, 95% air using the standard tissue culture incubators. One day before transfection, cells were seeded in order that they were 30–50% confluent the next day. Cells were transfected with 1.5ug of DNMT1 or DNMT3B siRNA (pMT1 or pMT3B) construct using transfectamine transfection reagent (Invitrogen) reduced serum medium at 37°C in a 5% CO2 atmosphere for 5 h. The medium was removed and replaced with fresh RPMI 1640 supplemented with 20% new born bovine serum. Control cells were treated with transfectamine alone or with pSUPER-GFP plasmid. Cells were grown and selectively cultured in 0.4 mg/ml Genetincin (life technologies) for two months after the initial transfection. The cells stably harboring targeting vector were monitored with GFP expression. SMMC-7721 cells were transfected with pMT1 named as 7721-MT1 cell lines, with pMT3B named as 7721-MT3B cell lines.

RNA extraction and synthesis of cDNA first strand

Total RNA was extracted using TRIZOL (Gibco BRL, Life Technologies Inc.,) according to the manufacturer’s protocol. RNA was resuspended in DEPC treated water and quality verified by agarose gel electrophoresis stained by EB. Total RNA was reverse transcribed using 2 µg of RNA and oligo-dT(18) (Life Technologies, Inc.) in a 13.5-ul reaction. The oligo-dT-RNA mixture was placed at 70°C for 2 min and then rapidly cooled to 0°C. Then, the Superscript II reverse transcriptase and its MIX (Life Technologies, Inc.) was supplied into the oligo-dT-RNA mixture followed by 42°C for 60 min, and 90°C for 5 min and then rapidly cooled to 0°C.

cDNA microarrary

The 14K cDNA microarrary used in this study were obtained through the Shanghai BioChip Co., Ltd. The 14K slides contained human genes together with 10 positive and 6 negative controls. The spotting patterns and the complete annotated list of cDNAs are available at the following web site: The 5’ends of the genes up-regulated in this manner were analyzed in the BLAST database to determine whether they have promoter CpG islands.


5-Aza-CdR induced genes expression in global changes

We first assessed the global changes in gene expression induced by 5-Aza-CdR in the liver tumor cell line exposed to 100uM 5-Aza-CdR for 4 days. We analyzed those genes that were up- or down-regulated by more than 2.5-fold 4 days after drug treatment and categorized the genes as to whether or not they are known to be in some pathways. The 5’ ends of the genes up-regulated in this manner were analyzed in the BLAST database to determine whether they might have promoter CpG islands. The data showed that only 70% up-regulated genes in the hepatocellular carcinoma cell line definitely contained 5’ CpG islands.

SiRNA of DNMT1 or DNMT3B constructs induced genes expression in global changes not only in those containing CpG island in the promoter regions

We next assessed the global changes in gene expression induced by siRNA of DNMT1 constructs or siRNA of DNMT3B constructs in hepetocellular carcinoma cell lines SMMC-7721. There is some information indicating that genes of non-CpG island promoter up-regulates expression induced by knockdown DNMT1 or DNMT3B, therefore, the mechanism by which the knockdown of DNMT1 or DNMT3B activated genes without CpG islands remains unclear.

SiRNA of DNMT3B induces more genes identical to induced by 5-Aza-CdR than siRNA of DNMT1 in hepatocellular carcinoma cells

We compared those genes that both were up-regulated by DNMT1 siRNA and 5-Aza-CdR treatment, and also compared up-regulated genes both were induced by DNMT3B siRNA and 5-Aza-CdR treatment. A total of 9 genes were found to be over expressed by more than two-fold induced by DNMT1 siRNA and 5-Aza-CdR in SMMC-7721 (Table 1). The 5’ ends of the genes up-regulated in this manner were analyzed in the BLAST database to determine whether they have promoter CpG islands. The data showed that almost all of up-regulated genes contained 5’ CpG islands except KRT14. We next focused our attention on those genes that induced by DNMT3B siRNA with demethylation drug. A total of 30 genes were found to be over expressed by more than two-fold induced by DNMT3B siRNA and 5-Aza-CdR in SMMC-7721. The 5’ ends of the genes up-regulated in this manner were analyzed in the BLAST database to determine whether they have promoter CpG islands. The data showed that 76.6% up-regulated genes conjectural contained 5' CpG islands (Table 2). Hierarchical clustering of gene expression in untreated and treated cells is shown in Fig. 1. As expected, some similarities in gene expression were seen between untreated cell by DNMT3B RNAi and 5-Aza-CdR.

Table 1.
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Table 1. Genes altered more than 2-fold after 5-Aza-CdR and pMT1 treatment in the hepatocellular carcinoma SMMC-7721 cell line.

Table 2.
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Table 2. Genes altered by more than 2.5-fold after pMT3B and 5-Aza-CdR treatment in the hepatocellular carcinoma cell line SMMC-7721

Figure 1.
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Figure 1. Hierarchical clustering based on gene expression data from SMMC-7721 DNMT3B unsuppressed and suppressed cells, and SMMC-7721 5-Aza-CdR untreated and treated cells.

Epigenetic mechanisms including DNA methylation and histone modifications are one of the most important means of gene expression regulation. More and more evidences indicated that epigenetic modifications have a crucial role in cancer development. Epigenetic therapy is also a potential therapy because epigenetic defects are thought to be more easily reversible with pharmacological intervention(19, 20). Aberrant DNA hypermethylation, a prevalent alteration in most tumor playing a key role in human carcinogenesis, involved in global hypomethylation(21-23), specific gene hypermethylation(24-26) and loss of imprinting (LOI)(27, 28). DNMTs are responsible for setting up and maintenance of DNA methylation in biological process and thought to be involved in tumorigenesis. Therefore DNMTs theoretically serve as a reasonable target for anti-tumor therapy. In preclinical work, DNMT inhibitors have reversed the growth of cancer cell lines and demonstrated antineoplastic effects in animal models, including prolongation of survival(29, 30). One such agent, 5-aza-2’-deoxycytidine (5-aza-CdR), is a potent inhibitor of genomic and promoter-specific DNA methylation(25). However, there also are limitations of epigenetic therapeutic agents for prevention of tumorigenesis due to lack of specificity, these result in accelerated tumor progression(31, 32) and drug toxicity(33, 34). Moreover, it is necessary to find a better way to correct epigenetic abnormity in tumor, especially in DNA methylation.

Evidences showed that DNMT1 and DNMT3B cooperatively maintain DNA methylation and gene silencing in human cancer cells(16, 35). DNMT3B may not only silence genes by several mechanisms including direct DNA methylation or recruitment of proteins that modify chromatin, but also play an important role in transformation(36, 37). DNMT3B over-expression may be involved in the suppression or lower expression of p14ARF and p16INK4a observed in esophageal squamous cell carcinoma(38). The DNMT1 or DNMT 3B can be considered as a target for epigenetic therapy in human tumor. Antisense oligonucleotides are short, defined sequences of nucleotides that are complementary to mRNAs and hybridize with them and make them inactive, thereby blocking translation. Antisense oligonucleotides that are complementary to mRNA for human DNMT1 are undergoing preclinical(39) as well as clinical(40) trials. RNA interference (RNAi) is a natural mechanism in organisms in resistance to virus invasion and inhibition of transposon mobility by double stranded RNA (dsRNA).

Latest study shows that 21-25 nt small interference RNA (siRNA) can mediate specific gene silencing in mammal cells(41). Being effective and highly specific, RNAi probably becomes a novel technique in knocking gene down and plays important roles in gene function study and gene therapy of diseases(42). In this study, we try to knock down the expression of DNMT1 or DNMT3B via siRNA to explore the mechanism of DNMTs involved in hepatoma therapy. An advantage of using high-throughput oligonucleotide microarray data from treated cell lines is to enable us to provide a conservative estimate of the number of genes directly affected by aberrant methylation in hepatocellular carcinoma cell line. There are different induced genes by suppression of DNMTs among DNMT1 siRNA, DNMT3B siRNA and demehylation drug. Compared with inhibition of DNMT1, DNMT3B siRNA induced more tumor-related genes identical to that of demehylation drug 5-aza-2’-deoxycytidine.

Approximate 33.3% (10/30) genes were reported to be involved in tumorigenesis, such as FADS1, MBD3, MVP, DIRAS1 and so on. Among them, there are 76.6% up-regulated genes conjectural contained 5’ CpG islands. These data indicated a new strategy in therapy of hepatocellular carcinoma through suppression of DNMT3B rather than treatment with demethylation agent. Because it has not been reported that DNMT3B are highly toxic in cultured cells and animals. Recently, frequent epigenetic changes such as DNA hypo- and hypermethylation and altered methylation pattern have been observed in hepatocellular carcinoma(43, 44). In fact, over-expression of DNMT3b4 is involved in human hepatocarcinogenesis, even at the precancerous stages by affecting the expression of specific genes(45). An increase in the DNMT3B mRNA levels in hepatocellular carcinoma relative to their non-cancerous tissues may be a predictor of poor survival(46). Over expression of a splice variant of DNMT 3B, DNMT3b4, is associated with DNA hypomethylation on pericentromeric satellite regions during human hepatocarcinogenesis(47). One of the novel findings of our present study is that DNMT3B siRNA could induce more genes identical to demethylation agent in hepatocellular cancer. Although these results need to be extended in larger clinical studies, this may serve as a potential new approach for hepatocellular carcinoma.


This work was supported by grants of the National Natural Science Foundation of China (NO. 30470950). Thanks Dr. Peng Hou from department of Biomedical Engineering of Southeast University for supplying the CpG island through the BLAST. Thanks for the Shanghai gene chip company of China to supplying the analysis of gene expression. The authors declare no commercial associations or conflict of interest related to this article.

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