Application of next-generation sequencing to analysis of TGFβ/SMAD4 targets in ovarian cancer

Russell Bonneville, Kenneth Nephew, Victor X. Jin

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Deregulation of the transforming growth factor-β (TGFβ) signaling pathway in epithelial ovarian cancer has been reported, but the precise mechanism underlying disrupted TGFβ signaling in the disease remains unclear. We performed chromatin immunoprecipitation followed by sequencing (ChIP-seq) to investigate genome-wide screening of TGFβ-induced SMAD4 binding in epithelial ovarian cancer. Following TGFβ stimulation of the A2780 epithelial ovarian cancer cell line, we identified 2,362 SMAD4 binding loci and 318 differentially expressed SMAD4 target genes. Comprehensive examination of SMAD4-bound loci revealed four distinct binding patterns. TGFβ-stimulated SMAD4-bound loci were primarily classified as either Stimulated Only or Shift, indicating that TGFβ stimulation alters SMAD4 binding patterns in epithelial ovarian cancer cells. Furthermore, based on gene regulatory network analysis, we determined that the TGFβ-induced, SMAD4-dependent regulatory network was strikingly different in ovarian cancer compared to normal cells. Importantly, the TGFβ/SMAD4 target genes identified in the A2780 epithelial ovarian cancer cell line were predictive of patient survival, based on in silico mining of publically available patient databases. In conclusion, our data highlight the utility of next-generation sequencing technology to identify genome-wide SMAD4 target genes in epithelial ovarian cancer and link aberrant TGFβ/SMAD signaling to ovarian tumorigenesis. Furthermore, the identified SMAD4 binding loci, combined with gene expression profiling and in silico data mining of patient cohorts, may provide a powerful approach to determine potential gene signatures with biological and future translational research in ovarian and other cancers.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationDecoding the Cancer Genome
PublisherSpringer New York
Number of pages17
ISBN (Electronic)9781461476450
ISBN (Print)1299856349, 9781461476443
StatePublished - Mar 1 2013
Externally publishedYes


  • ChIP-seq
  • Epithelial ovarian cancer
  • Gene signatures

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)


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