Increased HOX C13 expression in metastatic melanoma progression

Monica Cantile, Giosuè Scognamiglio, Annamaria Anniciello, Marisa Farina, Giusy Gentilcore, Clemente Santonastaso, Franco Fulciniti, Clemente Cillo, Renato Franco, Paolo A. Ascierto, Gerardo Botti

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Background: The process of malignant transformation, progression and metastasis of melanoma is not completely understood. Recently, the microarray technology has been used to survey transcriptional differences that might provide insight into the metastatic process, but the validation of changing gene expression during metastatic transition period is poorly investigated. A large body of literature has been produced on the role of the HOX genes network in tumour evolution, suggesting the involvement of HOX genes in several types of human cancers. Deregulated paralogous group 13 HOX genes expression has been detected in melanoma, cervical cancer and odonthogenic tumors. Among these, Hox C13 is also involved in the expression control of the human keratin genes hHa5 and hHa2, and recently it was identified as a member of human DNA replication complexes.Methods: In this study, to investigate HOX C13 expression in melanoma progression, we have compared its expression pattern between naevi, primary melanoma and metastasis. In addition HOXC13 profile pattern of expression has been evaluated in melanoma cell lines.Results: Our results show the strong and progressive HOX C13 overexpression in metastatic melanoma tissues and cytological samples compared to nevi and primary melanoma tissues and cells.Conclusions: The data presentated in the paper suggest a possible role of HOX C13 in metastatic melanoma switch.

Original languageEnglish
Article number91
JournalJournal of Translational Medicine
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - May 14 2012


  • HOX genes
  • Melanoma cells
  • Metastases

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)
  • Medicine(all)


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