[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Objective: To investigate the effects of miR-106b on malignant characteristics of gastric cancer cells, and explore possible mechanisms. Methods: Expression of miR-106b, p21 and E2F was determined by real-time PCR. Transfection with miR-106b mimics was conducted, and gastric cancer cells with miR-106b overexpression were obtained. Cells transfected with mimic mutants and those without transfection served as negative and blank controls, respectively. Flow cytometry and transwell assays were adopted to detect the effects of miR-106b overexpression on cell cycle, migration and invasion of gastric cancer cells. Results:. The expression of miR- 106b in gastric cancer cells was significantly higher than that in normal gastric mucosa cells. Furthermore, the expression level of miR-106b rose according to the degree of malignacy among the three GC cell strains (MKN- 45 > SGC-7901 > MKN-28). Overexpression of miR-106b shortened the G0/G1 phase and accelerated cell cycle progression, while reducing p21 and E2F5, without any significant effects on the capacity for migration and invasion of gastric cancer cells. Conclusions: miR-106b may promote cell cycling of gastric cancer cells through regulation of p21 and E2F5 target gene expression.
Asian Pacific journal of cancer prevention: APJCP 01/2013; 14(5):2839-2843. · 1.27 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Multiple studies have reported associations between the PSCA rs2294008 C>T polymorphism and GC, but susceptibility has proven inconsistent. Therefore, we estimates the relationship between the rs2294008 C>T polymorphism and GC by meta-analysis.
PubMed, Embase and Web of Science databases were searched and nine independent case-control studies were included in this meta- analysis. Crude ORs with 95% CIs were extracted according to the Mantal-Haenszel method and pooled to assess the strength of the association.
We observed that the PSCA rs2294008 C>T polymorphism was significantly correlated with GC risk when all studies were pooled into the meta-analysis. Further subgroup analysis showed the polymorphism to be linked with diffuse and noncardia GC in the allele contrast model, homozygote codominant model, dominant model, and recessive model. However, no connection was apparent for intestinal and cardia GC. In the stratified analysis by ethnicity, significant associations were observed in Asians for the recessive model. Interestingly, the relationship was particularly significant in the Chinese population.
Our findings suggest that the PSCA rs2294008 C>T polymorphism is a risk factor for GC, especially in diffuse and noncardia GC and in Chinese.
Asian Pacific journal of cancer prevention: APJCP 01/2012; 13(6):2867-71. · 1.27 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: The molecular basis for induction of apoptosis in melanoma cells by vincristine remains unknown. Here we tested the potential involvement of AMP-activated protein kinase (AMPK) in this process. We found for the first time that vincristine induces AMPK activation (AMPKα, Thr 172) and Acetyl-CoA carboxylase (ACC, Ser 79) (a downstream molecular target of AMPK) phosphorylation in cultured melanoma cells in vitro. Reactive oxygen species (ROS) dependent LKB1 activation serves as the upstream signal for AMPK activation. AMPK inhibitor (compound C) or AMPKα siRNA knockdown inhibits vincristine induced B16 melanoma cell apoptosis, while AMPK activator 5-aminoimidazole-4-carboxamide-1-β-riboside (AICAR) enhances it. AMPK activation is involved in vincristine induced p53 phosphorylation and stabilization, the latter is known to mediate melanoma cell apoptosis. Further, activation of AMPK by vincristine inhibits mTOR Complex 1 (mTORC1) in B16 melanoma cells, which serves as another important mechanism to induce melanoma cell apoptosis. Our study provides new insights into understanding the cellular and molecular mechanisms of vincristine induced cancer cell death/apoptosis. We suggest that combining AMPK activator AICAR with vincristine may have potential to be used as a new therapeutic intervention against melanoma.
Journal of Cellular Physiology 07/2011; 226(7):1915-25. · 4.22 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: The aim of our meta-analysis was to assess the association between UGT1A7 polymorphisms and cancer risk. Case?control studies containing available polymorphic alleles (UGT1A7*1,*2,*3, and*4) and genotypes categorized according to enzymatic activity (High, Intermediate, and Low) were chosen to assess this association. Twenty-one case?control studies were identified. Meta-analysis indicated that UGT1A7 had a significant effect on cancer risk. In subgroup analysis, a significantly increased risk was associated with East Asians, hepatocellular cancer, and colorectal cancer. This meta-analysis suggested that there is a cancer risk associated with UGT1A7*3, Intermediate, and Low activity UGT1A7 genotypes, which is most evident in Asian individuals.
Cancer Investigation 01/2011; 29(10):645-54. · 2.24 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Despite its potent antitumor effect, clinical use of Doxorubicin is limited because of serious side effects including myocardial toxicity. Understanding the cellular mechanism involved in this process in a better manner is beneficial for optimizing Doxorubicin treatment. In the current study, the authors focus on the AMP-activated protein kinase (AMPK) in the said process. In this study, the authors discovered for the first time that Doxorubicin induces AMPK activation in cultured rat embryonic ventricular myocardial H9c2 cells. Reactive oxygen species (ROS)-dependent LKB1 activation serves as the upstream signal for AMPK activation by Doxorubicin. Evidence in support of the activation of AMPK contributing to Doxorubicin-induced H9c2 cell death/apoptosis--probably by modulating multiple downstream signal targets, including regulating JNK, p53, and inhibiting mTORC1--is provided in this article.
Cell biochemistry and biophysics 01/2011; 60(3):311-22. · 3.34 Impact Factor