To clarify the function of cyclin A2 in colon homeostasis and colorectal cancer (CRC), we generated mice deficient for cyclin A2 in colonic epithelial cells (CECs). Colons of these mice displayed architectural changes in the mucosa and signs of inflammation, as well as increased proliferation of CECs associated with the appearance of low- and high-grade dysplasias. The main initial events triggering those alterations in cyclin A2–deficient CECs appeared to be abnormal mitoses and DNA damage. Cyclin A2 deletion in CECs promoted the development of dysplasia and adenocarcinomas in a murine colitis–associated cancer model. We next explored the status of cyclin A2 expression in clinical CRC samples at the mRNA and protein levels and found higher expression in tumors of patients with stage 1 or 2 CRC compared with those of patients with stage 3 or 4 CRC. A meta-analysis of 11 transcriptome data sets comprising 2239 primary CRC tumors revealed different expression levels of CCNA2 (the mRNA coding for cyclin A2) among the CRC tumor subtypes, with the highest expression detected in consensus molecular subtype 1 (CMS1) and the lowest in CMS4 tumors. Moreover, we found high expression of CCNA2 to be a new, independent prognosis factor for CRC tumors.
Yuchen Guo, Monica Gabola, Rossano Lattanzio, Conception Paul, Valérie Pinet, Ruizhi Tang, Hulya Turali, Julie Bremond, Ciro Longobardi, Chloé Maurizy, Quentin Da Costa, Pascal Finetti, Florence Boissière-Michot, Benjamin Rivière, Céline Lemmers, Séverine Garnier, François Bertucci, Inti Zlobec, Karim Chebli, Jamal Tazi, Rania Azar, Jean-Marie Blanchard, Peter Sicinski, Emilie Mamessier, Bénédicte Lemmers, Michael Hahne