Molecular characterizations of Nop16 in murine mammary tumors with varying levels of c-Myc

Donald W. Kundel, Emily Stromquist, Amy L. Greene, Olga Zhdankin, Ronald R. Regal, Teresa Rose-Hellekant

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NOP16, also known as HSPC111, has been identified as a MYC and estrogen regulated gene in in vitro studies, hence coexpression levels were strongly correlated. Importantly, high expression of NOP16 was associated with poor clinical outcome in breast cancer patients. However, coexpression of NOP16, MYC and estrogen receptor (ESR1) varied widely in tumors and cell lines suggesting that transcriptional regulation differed according to pathological environments. The goal of this study was to determine the expression patterns of Nop16, Myc and Esr1 in murine mammary tumors with disparate histopathological and molecular features. We hypothesized that tumor environments with relatively high Myc levels would have different coexpression patterns than tumor environments with relatively low Myc levels. We measured levels of Myc and Nop16 mRNA and protein in tumors from WAP-c-myc mice that were of high grade and metastasized frequently. In contrast, Myc and Nop16 mRNA and proteins levels were significantly lower in the less aggressive tumors that developed in NRL-TGFα mice. Tumors from both mouse lines express ESR1 protein and we found that Esr1 mRNA levels correlated positively with Myc levels in both models. However, Myc and Nop16 transcript levels correlated positively only in tumors from NRL-TGFα mice. We identified prominent NOP16 protein in nuclei and less prominent staining in the cytoplasm of luminal cells of ducts and lobules from normal mammary glands as well as in hyperplasias and tumors obtained from NRL-TGFα mice. This staining pattern was reversed in tumors from WAP-c-Myc mice as nuclear staining was faint or absent and cytoplasmic staining more pronounced. In summary, the regulation of expression and localization of NOP16 varies in tumor environments with high versus low MYC levels and demonstrate the importance of stratifying clinical breast cancers based on MYC levels.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)393-406
Number of pages14
JournalTransgenic Research
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 2012

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Acknowledgments The authors greatly appreciate the assistance of Barbara Elmquist and Emily Heid for excellent preparation of tissues for histologic and immunohistochemical review and Drs. Jon Holy and Lois Heller for critical review of this manuscript. This work was supported by NIH grant K01-RR00145, the University of Minnesota Medical Foundation the Academic Health Center to TRH, the University of Minnesota Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program to ES and by St. Luke’s Hospital-Duluth.


  • Breast cancer biomarkers
  • MYC
  • NOP16
  • Transgenic mouse models


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