Expression of astrocyte elevated gene-1 (AEG-1) in human meningiomas and its roles in cell proliferation and survival

Kyung Jae Park, Mi Ok Yu, Na Hyun Song, Doo Sik Kong, Dong Hyuk Park, Yang Seok Chae, Yong Gu Chung, Shin Hyuk Kang

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Astrocyte elevated gene-1 (AEG-1) has recently been proposed to be involved in tumor development, invasion, and metastasis in several human cancers. However, the functional importance of AEG-1 expression in human meningioma has not been determined. We investigate the level of AEG-1 expression by quantitative reverse transcription PCR, immunohistochemistry analysis, and western blotting in various human meningioma tissues and cells. To determine the suppressive effect of AEG-1 on meningioma progression, we inhibited AEG-1 expression using small interfering RNA and examined cell proliferation, apoptosis, colony formation and tumorigenicity in a mouse xenograft model. AEG-1 expression was frequently elevated at both mRNA and protein levels in meningioma tumor tissues and in meningioma-derived cells as well. This elevation was more commonly observed in high-grade tumors than in benign ones. The knockdown of AEG-1 led to a decrease in overall cell proliferation, as well as anchorage-independent growth of malignant meningioma. In addition, apoptotic cell death occurred in AEG-1 depleted meningioma cells through p-Akt and Bcl-2 suppression. Furthermore, a mouse xenograft meningioma model showed that inhibition of AEG-1 expression significantly decreased tumor growth. Altogether, these data show that the elevation of AEG-1 contributes to the malignant progression of meningiomas, suggesting that AEG-1 could be a novel therapeutic target against human meningiomas.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)31-39
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Neuro-Oncology
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2015 Jan
Externally publishedYes

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This research was supported by the Basic Science Research Program through the National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF), funded by the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology (No. 2012R1A1A2002252).

Publisher Copyright:
© 2014, Springer Science+Business Media New York.


  • Apoptosis
  • Astrocyte elevated gene-1
  • Meningioma
  • Progression

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • Neurology
  • Clinical Neurology
  • Cancer Research


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