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    ABSTRACT: We investigated the apoptosis-inducing effect of zoledronic acid in human nasopharyngeal carcinoma cell HNE-1 and explore the potential mechanism. Human nasopharyngeal carcinoma cell HNE-1 was exposed to various concentrations (0-40 μmol/L) of zoledronic acid. Cell proliferation was studied by an MTT assay. Cell apoptosis was analyzed by flow cytometry and TdT-mediated dUTP nick-end labeling (TUNEL) assay. Cell cycle was analyzed by flow cytometry. Gene expressions were investigated by quantitative real-time PCR, and protein expressions were investigated by Western blot. The results showed zoledronic acid decreased cell proliferation not in a time- or dose-dependent fashion. TUNEL assay, together with Annexin V/propidium iodide FACS analysis, confirmed the increase in apoptotic HNE-1 cells treated with zoledronic acid. Cell cycle analysis showed a larger number of treated cells occupied the S-phase. Quantitative RT-PCR and Western blot revealed that the pro-apoptotic genes, Bad, Bax, and Caspase-9, were upregulated in treated HNE-1 cells, whereas the anti-apoptotic gene, Bcl-2, was downregulated in both mRNA and protein levels. In conclusion, zoledronic inhibits human nasopharyngeal carcinoma cell proliferation by inducing apoptosis via the mitochondrial apoptotic pathway.
    Medical Oncology 06/2012; · 2.14 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: To explore the in vitro effects of anti-proliferation and apoptosis-inducing with different sequence regimens of zoledronic acid plus paclitaxel in human nasopharyngeal carcinoma cell line HNE1 so as to explore the optimal sequence regimen of these two drugs and related mechanism. The cytotoxic effects of different sequence schemes of zoledronic acid plus paclitaxel on HNE1 cells were detected by methyl-thiazol-tetrazolium (MTT) assay. Annexin V-FITC/PI double staining flow cytometry (FCM) and terminal deoxynucleotidyl transferase-mediated dUTP-biotin nick end labeling (TUNEL) assay were used to measure the effects of zoledronic acid plus paclitaxel upon apoptosis. The expressions of mRNA of Bcl-2, Bax, Caspase3 and Caspase9 gene were detected by real-time quantitative-polymerase chain reaction (PCR) and protein was detected by Western blot. All experiment groups enhanced the effect of anti-proliferation by MTT assay (P < 0.05); the treatment of zoledronic acid followed by paclitaxel was superior to the other two regimens (P < 0.05). As detected by FCM, the early apoptotic rate of control group was 2.59% ± 0.28% and the experiment groups were 13.89% ± 0.69%, 11.73% ± 0.54%, 23.97% ± 0.68%, 10.45% ± 0.16% and 8.59% ± 0.74% respectively (P < 0.05). TUNEL assay detected the late apoptosis of HNE1 cells and the experiment groups enhanced the effect of apoptosis-inducing (P < 0.05). The treatment of zoledronic acid followed by paclitaxel was superior to the other regimens (P < 0.05). Such an effect was due to the down-regulation of anti-apoptotic protein Bcl-2 and up-regulations of pro-apoptotic proteins Bax, Caspase3 and Caspase9 at the expression levels of mRNA and protein. There was a greater regulation in the group of zoledronic acid followed by paclitaxel. Zoledronic acid can enhance the in vitro effects of anti-proliferation and apoptosis-inducing for paclitaxel on HNE1 cell. The treatment of zoledronic acid followed by paclitaxel may be the optimal regimen. Synergistic induction of apoptosis is via the effects of Bcl-2 family and through the mitochondrial pathway.
    Zhonghua yi xue za zhi 04/2012; 92(16):1133-7.
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    ABSTRACT: To explore the in vitro anti-tumor effects of zoledronic acid on cell proliferation and invasion in human nasopharyngeal carcinoma cell line HNE1. The cytotoxic effects of zoledronic acid on HNE1 cells were detected by MTT assay, invasion of HNE1 cells by Transwell assay, secretion of (vascular endothelial growth factor)VEGF by (enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay) ELISA and the activities of MMP (matrix metalloproteinase) 2 and MMP9 by gelatine zymography. And the expressions of mRNA and proteins of MMP2, MMP9 and VEGF were analyzed by reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) and Western blot respectively. After a treatment of zoledronic acid at 2.5, 5, 10, 20 and 40 mol/L for 48 h or 72 h, the highest inhibition rate of proliferation at approximately 50% was observed in the 40 mol/L group after 72 h. The inhibitory effect was not in a dose/time-dependent manner. After a 24-hour treatment of zoledronic acid at different concentrations (0, 10, 20 and 40 mol/L), the numbers of membrane-invading cells were 75.8 ± 2.6, 54.8 ± 5.4, 44.6 ± 6.4 and 38.6 ± 8.2 respectively (all P < 0.01). Gelatinase zymography demonstrated that the activities of MMP2 and MMP9 were inhibited significantly only in cells treated at 0 µmol/L. After a 24-hour exposure to zoledronic acid at 0, 10, 20 and 40 µmol/L, the concentrations of VEGF in supernatant were (5264 ± 89), (4626 ± 30), (4155 ± 40) and (1908 ± 171) g/L respectively (all P < 0.01). The expressions of mRNA and protein of MMP2, MMP9 and VEGF were down-regulated. Zoledronic acid can inhibit the in vitro proliferation and invasion of HNE1 cell through suppressing the secretion of VEGF, the activities of MMP2 and MMP9 and the expressions of VEGF, MMP2 and MMP9.
    Zhonghua yi xue za zhi 08/2011; 91(32):2278-82.
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    ABSTRACT: To study the anti-angiogenic effect of ginsenoside Rg3 (Rg3 in abbreviation) in human nasopharyngeal carcinoma HNE-1 cells in vitro. The tube-like structure (TLS) formation of HNE-1 cells, cultured in medium with different concentrations of Rg3, was determined by in vitro anti-angiogenic test based on preliminary experiment observing the TLSs formed by HNE-1 cells on Matrigel and their structural characteristics. The VEGF expression level in HNE-1 cells was determined by immunohistochemistry (IHC) and Western-blot test after 48-hour cultured in medium with different concentrations of Rg3. HNE-1 cells could form TLSs and mosaic vessels when mix-cultured with CRL-2480 on Matrigel. Rg3 could inhibit the TLS formation of HNE-1 cells. After 24-hour culture in medium with Rg3 at concentrations of 0, 50, 100 and 200 µg/ml, the number of TLSs were 75.50 ± 6.86, 55.00 ± 11.92, 39.75 ± 7.93 and 24.50 ± 6.25, respectively, which were negatively correlated with the concentrations of Rg3 (r = -0.928; P < 0.01). After 48 hours of culture, the expressions of VEGF significantly declined by IHC test with results as 0.19 ± 0.03, 0.13 ± 0.02, 0.11 ± 0.01, and 0.08 ± 0.01, respectively, which were negatively correlated with the concentrations of Rg3 (r = -0.911; P < 0.01). The expressions of VEGF also gradually decreased as revealed by Western blot test, with corresponding results as 119.49, 111.51, 86.45, and 38.29. All of the tests showed significantly declined results in the group at the concentration of 200 µg/ml Rg3. Rg3 can inhibit the vasculogenic mimicry of HNE-1 cells, and the possible mechanism might be associated with the down-regulation of VEGF protein expression in HNE-1 cells.
    Zhonghua zhong liu za zhi [Chinese journal of oncology] 10/2010; 32(10):739-42.