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  • 1
    Keywords: APOPTOSIS ; CANCER ; CELLS ; EXPRESSION ; ONCOGENE ; MYCN ; CHROMOSOME 1P ; MicroRNAs ; AURORA-B ; YM155
    Abstract: MicroRNAs (miRNAs) are deregulated in a variety of human cancers, including neuroblastoma, the most common extracranial tumor of childhood. We previously reported a signature of 42 miRNAs to be highly predictive of neuroblastoma outcome. One miRNA in this signature, miR-542, was downregulated in tumors from patients with adverse outcome. Reanalysis of quantitative PCR and next-generation sequencing transcript data revealed that miR-542-5p as well as miR-542-3p expression is inversely correlated with poor prognosis in neuroblastoma patients. We, therefore, analyzed the function of miR-542 in neuroblastoma tumor biology. Ectopic expression of miR-542-3p in neuroblastoma cell lines reduced cell viability and proliferation, induced apoptosis and downregulated Survivin. Survivin expression was also inversely correlated with miR-542-3p expression in primary neuroblastomas. Reporter assays confirmed that miR-542-3p directly targeted Survivin. Downregulating Survivin using siRNA copied the phenotype of miR-542-3p expression in neuroblastoma cell lines, while cDNA-mediated ectopic expression of Survivin partially rescued the phenotype induced by miR-542-3p expression. Treating nude mice bearing neuroblastoma xenografts with miR-542-3p-loaded nanoparticles repressed Survivin expression, decreased cell proliferation and induced apoptosis in the respective xenograft tumors. We conclude that miR-542-3p exerts its tumor suppressive function in neuroblastoma, at least in part, by targeting Survivin. Expression of miR-542-3p could be a promising therapeutic strategy for treating aggressive neuroblastoma.
    Type of Publication: Journal article published
    PubMed ID: 25046253
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  • 2
    ISSN: 1573-4919
    Keywords: antisense oligonucleotide ; apoptosis ; cAMP-dependent protein kinase ; cancer cells ; growth inhibition
    Source: Springer Online Journal Archives 1860-2000
    Topics: Biology , Chemistry and Pharmacology , Medicine
    Notes: Abstract The enhanced expression of the RIα subunit of cyclic AMP-dependent protein kinase type 1 (PKA-I) has been correlated with cancer cell growth. We have investigated the effects of sequence-specific inhibition of RIα gene expression on the growth of MCF-7 human breast cancer cells. We report that RIα antisense treatment results in a reduction in RIα expression at both mRNA and protein levels and inhibition of cell growth. The growth inhibition was accompanied by changes in cell morphology, cleavage of poly(ADP-ribose) polymerase (PARP) and appearance of apoptotic nuclei. In addition, bcl-2 protein level was reduced and p53 expression increased in growth arrested cells. Interestingly, RIα antisense inhibited cell viability and induced apoptosis in the absence of p53, suggesting that these actions of RIα antisense are exerted independent of p53. In contrast, two- and four-base mismatched control oligonucleotides had no effect on either cell growth or morphology. These results demonstrate that the RIα antisense, which efficiently depletes the growth stimulatory molecule RIα, induces cell differentiation and apoptosis, providing a new approach to combat breast cancer cell growth.
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  • 3
    ISSN: 1573-4919
    Keywords: retinoic acid ; RARβ ; protein kinase A ; apoptosis ; caspase
    Source: Springer Online Journal Archives 1860-2000
    Topics: Biology , Chemistry and Pharmacology , Medicine
    Notes: Abstract Both cAMP and retinoids play a role in cell differentiation and the control of cell growth. A site-selective cAMP analog, 8-Cl-cAMP and retinoic acid synergistically inhibit growth and induce apoptosis in certain cancer cells. In advanced or recurrent malignant diseases, retinoic acid (RA) is not effective even at doses that are toxic to the host. The objective of our present study was to examine the mechanism(s) of synergistic effects of retinoic acid (9-cis, 13-cis or all-trans RA) and 8-Cl-cAMP on apoptosis in human ovarian cancer NIH: OVCAR-3 and OVCAR-8 cells. RA induced growth inhibition and apoptosis in OVCAR-3 and OVCAR-8 cells. 8-Cl-cAMP acted synergistically with RA in inducing and activating retinoic acid receptor β (RARβ) which correlates with growth inhibition and apoptosis in both cell types. In addition, induction of apoptosis by RA plus 8-Cl-cAMP requires caspase-3 activation followed by cleavage of anti-poly(ADP-ribose) polymerase. Furthermore, mutations in CRE-related motif within the RARβ promoter resulted in loss of both transcriptional activation of RARβ and synergy between RA and 8-Cl-cAMP. RARβ expression appears to be associated with induction of apoptosis. Introduction of the RARβ gene into OVCAR-3 cells resulted in gain of RA sensitivity. Loss of RARβ expression, therefore, may contribute to the tumorigenicity of human ovarian cancer cells. Thus, combined treatment with RA and 8-Cl-cAMP may provide an effective means for inducing RARβ expression leading to apoptosis in ovarian cancer cells.
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  • 4
    ISSN: 1573-7217
    Keywords: antisense ; protein kinase A ; apoptosis
    Source: Springer Online Journal Archives 1860-2000
    Topics: Medicine
    Notes: Abstract In recent years, several laboratories have explored the possibility of using antisense oligodeoxynucleotides for specific manipulation of gene expression leading to cancer treatment. The enhanced expression of the RIα subunit of cyclic AMP-dependent protein kinase type I (PKA-I) has been correlated with cancer cell growth. In the present study, the effects of an antisense oligodeoxynucleotide targeted against RIα subunit of PKA-I on growth inhibition and apoptosis in MDA-MB-231 human breast cancer cells were investigated. The growth inhibitory effects of RIα antisense oligodeoxynucleotide correlated with a decrease in the RIα mRNA and protein levels. The growth inhibition was accompanied by changes in the cell cycle phase distribution, cell morpbology, cleavage of poly (ADP-ribose) polymerase (PARP), and appearance of apoptotic nuclei. By comparison, mismatched control oligodeoxynucleotide had no effect. On the basis of these results, it can be suggested that the RIα antisense oligodeoxynucleotide, which efficiently depletes the growth stimulatory RIα and induces apoptosis/differentiation, could be used as a therapeutic agent for breast cancer treatment.
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