Role of SLURP-1 in Melanoma and Melanoma Stem Cells

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First Posted : January 24, 2011
Last Update Posted : January 24, 2011
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National Taiwan University Hospital

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Role of SLURP-1 in Melanoma and Melanoma Stem Cells
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Melanoma is the most aggressive skin cancer, with a propensity to metastasize, and is resistant to most of the current therapeutic regimens. Incidence rate of melanoma in patients with MDM (Mal De Maleda, with SLURP-1 mutation) is much higher than normal counterpart. SLURP-1 (lymphocyte antigen 6/urokinase-type plasminogen activator receptor related protein-1) is an allosteric agonist to the nicotinic acetylcholine receptor (nAchR) and it regulates epidermal homeostasis and T-cell function. The preliminary results of comparing human peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMCs) from 4 affected and 15 unaffected members from the family with MDM revealed that T-cell activation was impaired in PBMCs with the heterozygous and homozygous SLURP-1 G86R mutation. (2 of affected members developed melanoma.) Since there is currently no effective treatment for metastatic melanoma, identifying novel molecular mechanisms may lead to development of new treatments for metastatic melanomas.

Previous study showed that melanoma stem cells (MSCs) are crucial in melanoma pathogenesis: 1.Melanoma contains ABCB5, CD133 and ABCG2 positive cells had enhanced tumorigenic potential. 2.Higher frequencies of cells capable of initiating melanoma xenografts when using IL2Rγ-/- NOD SCID mice. These data confirmed the interaction between T cells and MSCs.

In this project, we will investigate the roles of SLURP-1 in melanoma and MSCs. Investigating and verifying the interaction between T-cells from patients with MDM and melanoma cells to confirm the SLURP-1 function of tumorigenesis in xenotransplant mice (IL2Rγ-/- NOD SCID) model. To reveal the role of SLURP-1 silencing in melanoma cell lines by using not only A2058 , A375 and MeWo mwlanima cell lines but also ABCB5+ melanoma cells and ABCB5- melanoma cells through the tumorigenesis, apoptosis,angiogenesis, proliferation, melanosphere formation assays.

The aim of this project is to investigate the roles and molecular mechanisms of SLURP-1 in melanoma carcinogenesis, which may improve the development of novel treatments for melanoma.

Cutaneous melanoma is an aggressive neoplasm refractory to traditional therapies, especially at the metastatic stage. Furthermore, its incidence is continuously increasing during the last decade (1). Melanomas develop through a multistep process that from normal melanocytes proceeds to nevi and to radial and vertical growth phase tumors (2). During this process, melanomas are characterized by certain well-defined genetic alterations as well as frequent chromosomal aberrations associated with tumor progression (3). However, the molecular mechanisms involved in the carcinogenesis and progression of melanoma are complex and not entirely clear (4). Because of the intractability of metastatic melanomas with only 14% of the patients survive for 5 years and no effective treatments (2), understanding the underlying molecular mechanisms involved in melanoma and identifying molecular markers may lead to improvements in therapeutic approaches for metastatic melanomas.

Mal de Meleda (MDM; OMIM 248300) is a rare autosomal recessive disorder characterized by erythema and hyperkeratosis of the palms and soles, extending to the dorsal aspects of the hands and feet (known as transgrediens), and perioral erythema and psoriasiform plaques on the elbows and knees. (5-7) Homozygous mutations of the SLURP1 gene (previously known as ARS component B) encoding lymphocyte antigen 6/urokinase-type plasminogen activator receptor related protein-1 (SLURP-1) have been identified as the cause of MDM. (8-10) Mutations of the SLURP1 gene affect the expression, integrity and stability of SLURP-1 on the upper layer of the epidermis and in cultured mature keratinocytes. (11) Other studies also demonstrated that SLURP-1 acts as a positive allosteric ligand for 7-nAchR in keratinocytes, eliciting proapoptotic activity and differentiation. (12,13) As well as in epidermis and keratinocytes, the expression of SLURP-1 has been found in T cells, B cells, dendritic cells and macrophages. (14-15) Malignant melanoma (MM) has been reported to be the predominant cutaneous malignancy occurring in the hyperkeratotic area in patients with MDM. (16) The incidence of MM in MDM is significantly higher than in the general population.(17) At least six cases of MM have been reported in patients with MDM;27-29 two of the reported cases were siblings. (18) The possible explanations of the higher incidence of MM in patients with MDM include: (i) lack of proapoptotic effect of SLURP-1; (ii) defective T-cell activation and tumour monitoring; or (iii) prolonged inflammation in hyperkeratotic skin.

The previous study showed that peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMCs) with the heterozygous and homozygous SLURP-1 G86R mutation had defective T-cell activation. This was restored by the addition of 0•5 μg mL−1 recombinant human SLURP-1 protein. (19) Previous study showed that a putative monoclonal antibody that recognized ABCB5 was used to isolate melanoma stem cells (MSCs). (20) In this study, the investigators will investigate the roles of SLURP-1 in melanoma cells (including MSC) and also its interaction between melanoma cells and T-cells.


  1. To evaluate the significance and correlation of SLURP-1 expression in melanoma cells and melanoma metastasis in human tissues and mouse metastasis models.
  2. To assess the function of the SLURP-1 protein in melanoma cells and melanoma stem cells.
  3. To investigate the interaction between T-cells with SLURP-1 mutation and melanoma cells / MSCs.
  4. Confirm the biological effects of SLURP-1 on melanoma cells / MSCs.
  5. To investigate the relationship between SLURP-1 overexpression and melanoma cancer biology.


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  9. Ward KM, Yerebakan O, Yilmaz E et al. Identification of recurrent mutations in the ARS (component B) gene encoding SLURP-1 in two families with mal de Meleda. J Invest Dermatol 2003; 120:96-8.
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  19. Tjiu JW, Lin PJ, Wu WH et al. SLURP1 mutation-impaired T-cell activation in a family with mal de Meleda. Br J Dermatol. 2010 Sep 21
  20. Schatton T, Murphy GF, Frank NY et al. Identification of cells initiating human melanomas. Nature. 2008 Jan 17;451(7176):345-9
Observational Model: Case Control
Time Perspective: Prospective
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Retention:   Samples With DNA
serum, DNA, tissue
Probability Sample
case and control study of melanoma disease
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  • healthy adults
    healthy adults with the age among 20 to 95 years old
  • melanoma cases
    the people who are diagnosed melanoma in NTU hospital
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*   Includes publications given by the data provider as well as publications identified by Identifier (NCT Number) in Medline.
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July 2014   (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Clinical diagnosis of melanoma Disease by NTU hospital(group of cases)
  • healthy adults(groups of control)

Exclusion Criteria:

  • two groups whose age are younger than 20 or older tha 95 years old
  • Clinical diagnosis of non-melanoma Disease by NTU hospital(group of cases)
Sexes Eligible for Study: All
20 Years to 95 Years   (Adult, Senior)
Contact: Shiou-Hwa Jee, M.D., Ph.D. 886-9-72651116;
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Shiou-Hwa Jee, M.D., Ph.D., Professor,Department of Dermatology,National Taiwan University Hospital
National Taiwan University Hospital
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Study Chair: Shiou-Hwa Jee, M.D., Ph.D. Department of Dermatology, National Taiwan University Hospital.
National Taiwan University Hospital
January 2011