Jiajia Ma

University of Science and Technology of China, Hefei, Anhui Sheng, China

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    ABSTRACT: E2F1 is the gatekeeper of the cell cycle controlling an analogous balance between proliferation and cell death. E2F1 expression is elevated in advanced prostate cancer. However, it is still unclear that the roles and mechanisms of E2F1 on prostate cancers. Targeted knockdown by interferon RNA was applied on two prostate cancer and Hela cell lines to examine the inverse correlation expression of E2F1 and ICAM-1. ICAM-1 promoter reporter and ChIP assays were used for analysis of the molecular basis of transcriptional regulation of E2F1 on ICAM-1. Co-IP assays were employed for testing the protein interaction between E2F1 and NF-kappaB. Tumor xenograft mice model with E2F1 and ICAM-1-knockdown prostate cancer cells were used to investigate the effects of E2F1 and ICAM-1 on antitumor immunity. E2F1 knockdown by a specific short hairpin RNA increased gene transcription and protein expression of ICAM-1. By using wild type and a series of mutant ICAM-1 promoter luciferase constructs, the NF-kappaB binding sites were found to be important for E2F1 regulation of ICAM-1 promoter. Targeted knockdown of E2F1 did not affect expression and phosphorylation of NF-kappaB and IkappaBalpha, but facilitated NF-kappaB binding to the ICAM-1 promoter, subsequently induced ICAM-1 transcription and production in prostate carcinoma cells. Furthermore, knockdown of E2F1 inhibited tumor growth of prostate cancer in vivo through increasing the susceptibility of tumor cells to ICAM-1-mediated anti-tumor immunity including enhancement of monocyte adhesion, leucocytes infiltration, as well as cytotoxicity against tumor cells. E2F1 knockdown inhibited prostate tumor growth in vitro and in vivo through sensitizing tumor cells to ICAM-1 mediated anti-immunity by NF-kappaB modulation, highlighting the potential of E2F1 as a therapeutic target.
    Molecular Cancer 04/2014; 13(1):84. · 5.13 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: CD83 is a highly glycosylated type I transmembrane glycoprotein that belongs to the immunoglobulin superfamily. CD83 is upregulated during dendritic cell (DC) maturation, which is critical for the initiation of adaptive immune responses. The soluble isoform of CD83 (sCD83) is encoded by alternative splicing from full-length CD83 mRNA and inhibits DC maturation, which suggests that sCD83 acts as a potential immune suppressor. In this study, we developed a sound strategy to express functional sCD83 from Pichia pastoris in extremely high-density fermentation. Purified sCD83 was expressed as a monomer at a yield of more than 200 mg/L and contained N-linked glycosylation sites that were characterized by PNGase F digestion. In vitro tests indicated that recombinant sCD83 bound to its putative counterpart on monocytes and specifically blocked the binding of anti-CD83 antibodies to cell surface CD83 on DCs. Moreover, sCD83 from yeast significantly suppressed ConA-stimulated PBMC proliferation. Therefore, sCD83 that was expressed from the P. pastoris was functionally active and may be used for in vivo and in vitro studies as well as future clinical applications.
    PLoS ONE 01/2014; 9(2):e89264. · 3.53 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: IL-8 produced by prostate cancer cells may be responsible for the androgen-independent growth of advanced prostate cancers. Accumulating evidence from microarray analyses and animal genetic models highlights the central involvement of the transcription factor early growth response-1 (EGR-1) in prostate carcinoma progression. It is unknown, however, whether knockdown of EGR-1 inhibits IL-8 production and IL-8-mediated tumor metastasis. Here we show that EGR-1 knockdown by a specific shRNA-Egr1 inhibited gene transcription and production of IL-8 by the human prostate cancer cell line DU145. Conversely, enforced expression of EGR-1 in EGR-1-lacking PC3 prostate cancer cells markedly enhanced IL-8 transcription and secretion. By using wild type and a series of mutant IL-8 promoter luciferase constructs, we found that the NF-kappaB binding site is important for EGR-1 regulation of IL-8. Furthermore, silencing EGR-1 suppressed a synergistically functional interaction between EGR-1 and NF-kappaB. Consequently, knockdown of EGR-1 inhibited IL-8-mediated tumor colony formation and invasion. Thus, targeted knockdown of EGR-1 could be an effective therapeutic approach against prostate cancer.
    Journal of Biological Chemistry 10/2009; 284(50):34600-6. · 4.65 Impact Factor