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Autophagy inhibition contributes to radiation sensitization of esophageal squamous carcinoma cells.
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PMID:  21166739     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
Radiotherapy is a useful component of treatment strategies for esophageal cancer. The role of autophagy in response to ionizing radiation was investigated in human esophageal squamous carcinoma cells. Cell viability and clonogenic survival assay were used to evaluate the radiosensitivity of autophagy inhibitor (3-MA) on esophageal squamous carcinoma cells. The percentage of apoptotic cells and cell cycle analysis were assessed by flow cytometry; DAPI staining was used to detect apoptotic cells. The expression of beclin-1 and LC3 was measured using a Western blot. The ultrastructural analysis was under the electron microscope. 6 Gy irradiation induced a massive accumulation of autophagosomes accompanied by strong upregulation of beclin-1 and LC3-II expression in TE-1 cells. Compared with radiation alone, 3-MA combined with radiation significantly decreased cell viability, as well as autophagic ratio, beclin-1, and LC3-II protein level. Inhibition of autophagy increased radiation-induced apoptosis and the percentage of G2/M-phase cells. Blockade of autophagy with 3-MA enhanced cytotoxicity of radiotherapy in human esophageal squamous carcinoma cells. It suggests that inhibition of autophagy could be used as adjuvant therapy to treat esophageal squamous cell carcinoma.
Y S Chen; H X Song; Y Lu; X Li; T Chen; Y Zhang; J X Xue; H Liu; B Kan; G Yang; T Fu
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Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2010-12-17
Journal Detail:
Title:  Diseases of the esophagus : official journal of the International Society for Diseases of the Esophagus / I.S.D.E     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1442-2050     ISO Abbreviation:  -     Publication Date:  2010 Dec 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2010-12-20     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8809160     Medline TA:  Dis Esophagus     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
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© 2010 Copyright the Authors. Journal compilation © 2010, Wiley Periodicals, Inc. and the International Society for Diseases of the Esophagus.
Division of Thoracic Oncology, West China Hospital, West China School of Clinical Medicine National Key Laboratory of Biotherapy, West China Hospital Laboratory of Electron Microscopy, Basic Medical College and Forensic Medicine Institute, Sichuan University, Sichuan Division of Radiation Oncology, Henan Tumor Hospital, Zhengzhou University Affiliated Tumor Hospital, Zhengzhou, China.
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