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Exp Ther Med ; 23(3): 204, 2022 Mar.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-35126707


The melanoma antigen gene family A (MAGEA) family of proteins comprises of cancer-testis antigens that are highly expressed in a number of tumours but are minimally expressed in normal cells. Due to its expression characteristics, this protein family has become a popular target for anti-cancer drugs and immunotherapy research over recent years. Although, elevated expression levels of MAGEA6 has been found in different types of tumours, there remains to be insufficient information on the function of MAGEA6 and its associated gene regulation pathways. The present study used Transwell, Cell Counting Kit-8 and wound healing assays to analyse the effects of MAGEA6 on Eca109 cell invasion, migration and proliferation. The main functions and pathways involved in MAGEA6 were predicted by Illumina Hiseq screening for mutually regulated genes and core genes. Eca109 cell line with a high expression of MAGEA6 was a stable cell line obtained by transfection in the early stage, and this cell line was used in subsequent experiments. Transcriptome sequencing was performed on this cell line and the Eca109 cell line that normally expressed MAGEA6. It was revealed that a high expression of MAGEA6 conferred a significant stimulating effect on cell proliferation whilst also significantly increasing cell invasion and migration. Transcriptomic analysis identified 14 differentially expressed genes and 13 core regulatory genes closely associated with MAGEA6 expression regulation, such as methylsterol monooxygenase 1 (MSMO1). The present study suggest that MAGEA6 positively regulated MSMO1 expression, which may serve an oncogenic role in cells through this regulatory effect. Overall, this provided a novel route of investigation for an in-depth study of the regulatory function of MAGEA6.

Biochem Biophys Res Commun ; 590: 163-168, 2022 01 29.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-34979317


Liquid-phase electron microscopy is highly desirable for observing biological samples in their native liquid state at high resolution. We developed liquid imaging approaches for biological cells using scanning electron microscopy. Novel approaches included scanning transmission electron imaging using a liquid-cell apparatus (LC-STEM), as well as correlative cathodoluminescence and electron microscopy (CCLEM) imaging. LC-STEM enabled imaging at a ∼2 nm resolution and excellent contrast for the precise recognition of localization, distribution, and configuration of individually labeled membrane proteins on the native cells in solution. CCLEM improved the resolution of fluorescent images down to 10 nm. Liquid SEM technologies will bring unique and wide applications to the study of the structure and function of cells and membrane proteins in their near-native states at the monomolecular level.

Proteínas de Membrana/ultraestrutura , Microscopia Eletrônica de Varredura , Linhagem Celular Tumoral , Receptores ErbB/ultraestrutura , Fluorescência , Humanos
J Cancer ; 9(22): 4242-4249, 2018.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-30519325


Esophageal cancer is one of the leading malignancies globally and long non-coding RNAs (lncRNAs) have been proved to have an important role in different malignancies including esophageal cancer. However their role in disease progression is still not clear. The objective of the study was to investigate the expression and role of LINC01234 in progression of esophageal cancer cells. LncRNA LINC01234 was found to be upregulated in esophageal cancer cells by chip sequencing. The expression level of LINC01234 was detected from different esophageal cancer cell lines by qRT-PCR. After this, the LINC01234 knockdown effects on cell proliferation, migration, invasion, and apoptosis were evaluated by cell proliferation assay, wound healing assay, invasion assay, and flow cytometric analysis in vitro. Expression of lncRNA LINC01234 was found to be markedly upregulated in the CEC2 cell line. Furthermore, cell proliferation, migration and invasion were significantly (P < 0.05) suppressed as compared to negative control while apoptotic rate was also found increased as a result of the knockdown of LINC01234. Significantly upregulated expression of LINC01234 in CEC2 cells and downregulated expression after knockdown is observed. The impact of LINC01234 knockdown on cell migration, invasion, proliferation and apoptosis indicated that LINC01234 may represent a new marker and a potential therapeutic target for esophageal cancer.