Lentivirus-delivered Krüppel-like factor 8 small interfering RNA inhibits gastric cancer cell growth in vitro and in vivo.
ABSTRACT We found that the transcription factor Krüppel-like factor 8 (KLF8) was highly expressed in gastric cancer tissues and cell lines compared with adjacent noncancerous regions and gastric epithelial mucosa cells. We employed a lentivirus-mediated RNAi technique to knockdown KLF8 expression in gastric cancer cell line SGC7901 and observed its effects on cell growth in vitro and in vivo. Knockdown of KLF8 inhibited SGC7901 cell proliferation, promoted cell apoptosis, inhibited the tumorigenicity of SGC7901 cells, and significantly decreased tumor growth when the cells were injected into nude mice. These results indicated that overexpression of KLF8 may influence the biological behavior of SGC7901 gastric cancer cells. Knockdown of KLF8 expression by lentivirus-delivered siRNA may be useful as a therapeutic agent for the treatment of gastric cancer.
American Journal of Translational Research 08/2012; 4(3):357-363.
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ABSTRACT: Krüppel-like factor 8 (KLF8) is a young member of the KLF transcription factor family proteins. It is highly overexpressed in several types of human cancers and regulates various cellular processes important for tumor progression. Increasing evidence has made KLF8 a new focus in cancer research and a potential target for cancer therapy. This review highlights the role of KLF8 in cancer by summarizing the up-to-date studies into its structure, function as a dual transcription factor, target genes and mechanisms of expression and modifications.American Journal of Translational Research 01/2012; 4(3):357-63.