Profilin 2 promotes migration, invasion, and stemness of HT29 human colorectal cancer stem cells

Min Jung Kim, Yoo Sun Lee, Gi Yeon Han, Han Na Lee, Chiyoung Ahn, Chan Wha Kim

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We investigated the role of profilin 2 in the stemness, migration, and invasion of HT29 cancer stem cells (CSCs). Increased and decreased levels of profilin 2 significantly enhanced and suppressed the self-renewal, migration, and invasion ability of HT29 CSCs, respectively. Moreover, profilin 2 directly regulated the expression of stemness markers (CD133, SOX2, and β-catenin) and epithelial mesenchymal transition (EMT) markers (E-cadherin and snail). CD133 and β-catenin were up-regulated by overexpression of profilin 2 and down-regulated by depletion of profilin 2. SOX2 was decreased by profilin 2 depletion. E-cadherin was not influenced by profilin 2- overexpression but increased by profilin 2- knockdown. The expression of snail was suppressed by profilin 2- knockdown. We speculated that stemness and the EMT are closely linked through profilin 2-related pathways. Therefore, this study indicates that profilin 2 affects the metastatic potential and stemness of colorectal CSCs by regulating EMT- And stemness-related proteins.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1438-1446
Number of pages9
JournalBioscience, Biotechnology and Biochemistry
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - 2015


  • Cancer stem cells (CSCs)
  • Invasion
  • Migration
  • Profilin 2
  • Stemness

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biotechnology
  • Analytical Chemistry
  • Biochemistry
  • Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
  • Molecular Biology
  • Organic Chemistry


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