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PubMed | Fudan University and Yantai Yuhuangding Hospital Yantai
Type: Journal Article | Journal: American journal of cancer research | Year: 2015

Forkhead box protein C2 (FOXC2) plays a vital role in carcinogenesis; however, its significance and prognostic value in colon cancer remain unclear. In this study, FOXC2 expression was analyzed in a tissue microarray (TMA) containing 185 samples of primary colon cancer tumor samples and in human colon cancer cell lines. The effect of FOXC2 on cell proliferation, tumorigenesis, and metastasis was examined in vitro and in vivo. FOXC2 was overexpressed in human colon cancer cells and tissues, and correlated with colon cancer progression and patient survival. Functional study demonstrated that FOXC2 promoted cell growth, cell migration, and tumor formation in nude mice, whereas knockdown of FOXC2 by short hairpin RNA (shRNAs) significantly suppressed cell growth, cell migration and tumor formation. Further study found that FOXC2 enhanced AKT activity with subsequent GSK-3 phosphorylation and Snail stabilization, and then induced epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT) and promoted tumor invasion and metastasis. Collectively, FOXC2 promotes colon cancer metastasis by facilitating EMT and acts as a potential prognostic factor and therapeutic target in colon cancer.

PubMed | Shandong Cancer Hospital Jinan, Yantai Yuhuangding Hospital Yantai, Shandong Academy of Sciences and Shandong University
Type: Journal Article | Journal: International journal of clinical and experimental medicine | Year: 2015

Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) accounts for 80% to 90% of liver cancers and it is one of the most prevalent carcinomas throughout the world. Traditional chemotherapy is often developed chemoresistance HCC patients.Matrine is an active component oftraditional Chinese medicine (TCM) and is a promising alternative HCC drug. In this study, the therapeutic effects and the underlying molecular mechanisms of matrine on the human HCC cell lineHep G2 were investigated. High dosage of matrine (1.0 mg/mL) could significantly (P < 0.05) inhibit cell proliferation by 48.39 3.32%, under which cell shrinkage and disruption were observed. Flow cytometry assay showed that the proportion of G1/G0 cells significantly increased, while that of S and G2/M cells significantly decreased after treatment of matrinefor 48 h. These results indicated that cell arrest by matrine appeared. Up-regulation of the hepato-specific miR122a followed by down expression of its targetcyclin G1 (CG1) gene by low concentration of matrine (0.2 mg/mL) was detected using was observed using quantitative real-time PCR, immunohistochemistry (IHC) and western blot assays. In conclusion, matrineinducescell arrest and apoptosis with recovery expression of the hepato-specific miR122a in human hepatocellular carcinoma Hep G2 cell line.

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