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Anticancer Drugs ; 2020 Jan 04.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31913196


Gastric cancer (GC) is lethal and there is an urgent need for improved understanding of this disease. Recent studies have reported that microRNAs (miRNAs) play increasingly important roles in the regulation of GC. In this study, we explored the target genes and effects of miR-7641 in GC. Our data showed that high miR-7641 expression was associated with low expression of ARID1A in GC tissue. miR-7641 expression promoted GC cell proliferation and colony formation. Luciferase reporter assay results confirmed that ARID1A was a target gene of miR-7641. Furthermore, downregulation of ARID1A expression caused a significant increase in GC cell proliferation. In vivo depletion of miR-7641 reduced tumor volume and weight and increased ARID1A and Ki67 expression as well as a decreased terminal-deoxynucleotidyl transferase-mediated nick end labeling in mouse tumor tissues. Conversely, ARID1A silencing reversed the suppressive effects of miR-7641 inhibitors on GC cells. Overall, these findings indicate that miR-7641 is a promising novel prognostic biomarker of GC and may represent a novel target for clinical management of GC.

J Chemother ; 25(3): 162-9, 2013 Jun.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-23783141


Cisplatin is widely used for the treatment of solid tumours including small cell lung cancers, but its success is often compromised by relapse and resistance to further treatment. Extracellular signal-regulated kinase 1/2 (ERK1/2) and Akt are two major cell survival pathways that are upregulated and activated in lung cancer tissues. Phosphorylated ERK1/2 (p-ERK1/2) and Akt (p-Akt) can be further stimulated by chemotherapeutics in cancer cells. Although individually targeting the ERK1/2 or Akt pathway has been reported to sensitize cancer cells to therapy, the effect of concurrently blocking these two pathways on the sensitivity of lung cancer cells to cisplatin has not been investigated. In the present study, we aimed to determine whether the ERK1/2 and Akt pathways contribute to cisplatin resistance in human small cell lung cancer A549 cells. The results showed that cisplatin activates p-ERK1/2 and p-Akt in A549 cells. Blockade of either of these pathways with chemical inhibitors moderately sensitized A549 cells to cisplatin-induced apoptosis and reduced cell viability. Strikingly, concurrent inhibition of p-ERK1/2 and p-Akt significantly potentiated cisplatin cytotoxicity in vitro and in vivo. The sensitization of A549 cells to cisplatin cytotoxicity induced by p-Akt inhibition was mediated by the upregulation of PUMA, whereas that induced by p-ERK1/2 inhibition occurred by Bcl-2 downregulation. These data indicate that the cooperative effects of p-ERK1/2 and p-Akt on attenuating cisplatin cytotoxicity are mediated by PUMA and Bcl-2 regulation, and concurrently blocking these pathways may be an effective strategy for improving the efficacy of cisplatin as anticancer treatment.

Antineoplásicos/farmacologia , Carcinoma Pulmonar de Células não Pequenas/tratamento farmacológico , Cisplatino/farmacologia , Resistencia a Medicamentos Antineoplásicos , Neoplasias Pulmonares/tratamento farmacológico , Proteína Quinase 1 Ativada por Mitógeno/antagonistas & inibidores , Proteína Quinase 3 Ativada por Mitógeno/antagonistas & inibidores , Proteínas Proto-Oncogênicas c-akt/antagonistas & inibidores , Animais , Apoptose/efeitos dos fármacos , Carcinoma Pulmonar de Células não Pequenas/genética , Linhagem Celular Tumoral , Sobrevivência Celular/efeitos dos fármacos , Sinergismo Farmacológico , Humanos , Neoplasias Pulmonares/genética , Masculino , Camundongos , Camundongos Endogâmicos BALB C , Fosforilação