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    ABSTRACT: To investigate the inhibition of HPV18E6 gene in HeLa cell transfected with plasmid expressing human papilloma virus 18 E6 (HPV18E6) short hairpin RNA (shRNA). We synthesized two HPV18E6 shRNA frames and sub-cloned them into pSUPER which can express shRNA in mammalian cells to construct pE6-1shRNA and pE6-2shRNA which were mutant in E6 shRNA frame. The pE6-1shRNA, pE6-2shRNA and pcDNA3.1 were co-transfected into HeLa cells by cationic liposome respectively and the positive transfectants were selected by G418. The HPV18E6 mRNA and protein expression level was detected by semi-quantitative RT-PCR and streptavidin-peroxidase conjugated method (SP) to assay the inhibitory effects of pE6shRNA. We successfully constructed several new HeLa cell lines transfected with pE6-1shRNA and pE6-2shRNA. In the HeLa cells without transfection and the HeLa cells transfected with pE6-1shRNA plasmid, the HPV18E6 mRNA levels were 1.14 +/- 0.45, 0.76 +/- 0.28 respectively, and the difference of HPV18E6 mRNA levels was significant (P < 0.05). The inhibition efficiency of HPV18E6 gene mRNA was 33.3% and the HPV18E6 protein levels were declined after transfection with pE6-1shRNA. In the HeLa cells transfected with pE6-2shRNA and pSUPER plasmids, HPV18E6 mRNA and protein expression levels were not different from those in wild HeLa cells. The pE6-1shRNA plasmid can inhibit HPV18E6 expression in HeLa cells, which is persistent, specific and heritable.
    Zhonghua fu chan ke za zhi 11/2005; 40(10):693-6.