International journal of molecular medicine

IQGAP1 modulates the proliferation and invasion of thyroid cancer cells in response to estrogen.

PMID 26046126


Thyroid cancer is an endocrine malignancy with a high incidence rate, which is affected by female hormones, particularly estrogens, in its growth and progression. IQ-domain GTPase-activating protein 1 (IQGAP1) is overexpressed in a range of types of cancer and is reported to interact with estrogen receptor α (ERα) in breast cancer cells. However, the association between IQGAP1 and ERα in thyroid cancer cells remains to be elucidated. In this study, the role of IQGAP1 in thyroid cancer cells was examined. The expression of IQGAP1 (190 kDa) was analyzed using western blot analysis, which indicated that IQGAP1 was overexpressed in thyroid cancer tissues and FTC133 cells. However, IQGAP1 knockdown in the FTC133 cells led to a significant downregulation in ERα transcriptional activity, cell proliferation, cell adhesion and cell invasion under 17β-estradiol (E2) conditions. Furthermore, ERα knockdown inhibited the enhanced protein expression levels of phosphorylated ERK1/2 and cyclin D1, which were induced by the overexpression of IQGAP1. Co-immunoprecipitation was also performed in thyroid cancer cells and the results suggested that IQGAP1 directly interacted with ERα in the FTC133 cells and the co-transfected COS-7 cells. Taken together, these findings revealed that IQGAP1 may directly interact with ERα and serve as a signal integrator, mediating ERα transcriptional activity, cell proliferation and cell invasion during the progression of thyroid cancer.