Sci Rep.: auth.: group Michalik

Sci Rep. 2021 Apr 12;11(1):7847. doi: 10.1038/s41598-021-86329-5.

Low expression of the PPARγ-regulated gene thioredoxin-interacting protein accompanies human melanoma progression and promotes experimental lung metastases

Patrick Meylan 1Christine Pich 1 2Carine Winkler 1Stefanie Ginster 1Lionel Mury 1Marie Sgandurra 1 3René Dreos 1Dennie Tompers Frederick 4Marc Hammond 4Genevieve Marie Boland 4Liliane Michalik 5


The thioredoxin system plays key roles in regulating cancer cell malignancy. Here we identify the Thioredoxin-interacting protein (TXNIP) as a gene, which expression is regulated by PPARγ in melanoma cells. We show that high TXNIP expression levels associate with benign melanocytic lesions, with tumor regression in patients on MAP kinase targeted therapy, with decreased proliferation in patients’ melanoma biopsies, and with cell cycle arrest in human melanoma cell lines. In contrast, reduced TXNIP expression associates with advanced melanoma and with disease progression in patients. TXNIP depletion in human melanoma cells altered the expression of integrin beta-3 and the localization of the integrin alpha-v/beta-3 dimer at their surface. Moreover, TXNIP depletion affected human melanoma cell motility and improved their capacity to colonize mouse lungs in an in vivo assay. This study establishes TXNIP as a PPARγ-regulated gene in melanoma cells, thereby suggesting a link between these two proteins both involved in the regulation of cancer and of energy metabolism. It also reveals that the decrease in TXNIP expression, which is observed in advanced patient tumors, likely favors lung metastatic seeding of malignant cells.