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Quzhou, China

Peng Z.,Quzhou People Hospital | Xu T.,Quzhou People Hospital | Liao X.,Quzhou People Hospital | He H.,Quzhou People Hospital | Xu W.,Quzhou People Hospital
Tumor Biology | Year: 2015

Radiotherapy is widely used in the treatment of nasopharyngeal carcinoma (NPC), whereas its effects on the NPC growth, survival, and metastases have not been completely evaluated. Here, we compared the detected metastatic NPC tissues after radiotherapy (m-NPC) to the resected primary NPC tissues prior to radiotherapy (p-NPC). We detected higher levels of Snail2 protein, but not mRNA in m-NPC, compared to p-NPC. In vitro, a modest irradiation on NPC cells resulted in significant cell death, but increased Snail2 protein, but mRNA levels in the surviving NPC cells. Bioinformatics analyses showed that miR-613, which was significantly decreased in NPC cells after irradiation, targeted the 3′-UTR of Snail2 mRNA to inhibit its translation. Moreover, miR-613 overexpression inhibited Snail2-mediated cell invasiveness, while miR-613 depletion increased Snail2-mediated cell invasiveness in NPC cells. Finally, we detected significantly lower levels of miR-613 in m-NPC, compared to p-NPC. Together our data suggest that although radiotherapy induced NPC cell death, it may increase Snail2-mediated NPC cell invasiveness through downregulating miR-613. © 2015 International Society of Oncology and BioMarkers (ISOBM)

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