A detailed understanding of the COL10A1 and SOX9 genes interaction based on potentially damaging mutations in gastric cancer using computational techniques

AKTAŞ S. H., Taskin-Tok T., Al-Khafaji K., Akın-Balı D. F.

Journal of Biomolecular Structure and Dynamics, vol.40, no.22, pp.11533-11544, 2022 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 40 Issue: 22
  • Publication Date: 2022
  • Doi Number: 10.1080/07391102.2021.1960194
  • Journal Name: Journal of Biomolecular Structure and Dynamics
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus, BIOSIS, Chemical Abstracts Core, EMBASE, MEDLINE
  • Page Numbers: pp.11533-11544
  • Keywords: Gastric cancer, molecular dynamics simulation, SOX9, mutation, SCHMID METAPHYSEAL CHONDRODYSPLASIA, SERVER
  • Eskisehir Osmangazi University Affiliated: Yes


© 2021 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group.Gastric cancer (GC) has limited effective treatment options and is followed up with biomarkers that have insufficient sensitivity and specificity. Recent studies on Collagen Type X Alpha 1 Chain (COL10A1) show that the COL10A1 gene may be a diagnostic and/or prognostic biomarker for different cancer types. Moreover, its relationship with the Sex determining Region Y (SRY)-related High-Mobility Group (HMG) box (SOX9) gene which is also a transcription factor, was discovered recently, and co-expression of these two genes are associated with the development of GC. However, to the best of our knowledge, there is no study in the literature on how potential damaging mutations in the SOX9 and COL10A1 genes can affect their interactions. The aim of this study is to investigate the interactions of wild-type and potentially damaging mutated structures of COL10A1 and SOX9 genes. Thus, outputs for drug development and therapeutic strategies for GC can be obtained. For this purpose, structure validation and energy minimization analyses as well as docking and binding affinity calculations were performed. As a result, it was found that all investigated mutations (P563S, I588L, T624A, H165R and N110T) increased the binding affinity between the COL10A1-SOX9 complex, especially the N110T and H165R mutants in SOX9. As a conclusion, the N110T and H165R mutants in SOX9 may contribute to tumor progression. Therefore, it is important to consider these mutations for future therapeutic strategies. Communicated by Ramaswamy H. Sarma.