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Down-regulation of BMI-1 cooperates with Artemisinin on growth inhibition of nasopharyngeal carcinoma cells.
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PMID:  21445878     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
Artemisinin and its derivatives are well known antimalaria drugs, particularly useful for the treatment of infection of Plasmodium falciparum malaria parasites resistant to traditional antimalarial pharmaceuticals. Artemisinin has inhibitory effects on cancer cell growth and anti-angiogenetic activity, including many drug- and radiation-resistant cancer cell lines. Moloney murine leukemia virus insertion site 1 (BMI-1) has been shown to regulate proliferation by inhibiting p16ink4a transcription. It is well known that BMI-1 over-expression was found in nasopharyngeal carcinoma cell lines and correlated with advanced invasive stage of the tumor progression and poor prognosis. In the present investigation, we analyzed the inhibitory effects of artemisinin on proliferation of nasopharyngeal carcinoma cell lines (CNE-1 and CNE-2, well-differentiated cells and poorly differentiated cells). We demonstrated that artemisinin induced G1 cell cycle arrest in CNE-1 and CNE-2 cells. Artemisinin inhibited BMI-1 both in protein and transcript levels. BMI-1 knockdown made the cells more sensitive to artemisinin with an increase in G1 phase, but over-expression of BMI-1 partially reversed the artemisinin-induced G1 cell cycle arrest. Depletion of BMI-1 was able to intensifying the increment of p16 and the reduction of CDK4 induced by artemisinin. In addition, over-expression.of BMI-1 was capable of attenuating the increasing p16 and decreasing CDK4 in cells treated with artemisinin. Taking together, the BMI1-p16/CDK4 axis was involved in the artemisinin-driven G1 arrest in nasopharyngeal carcinoma cells, and these results indicated that a potential treatment that the combination of artemisinin and BMI-1 downregulation could enhance the growth inhibitory affects on nasopharyngeal carcinoma cells. © 2011 Wiley-Liss, Inc.
Jing Wu; Dong Hu; Guang Yang; Junyi Zhou; Changfu Yang; Yun Gao; Zhenyu Zhu
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Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2011-3-28
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of cellular biochemistry     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1097-4644     ISO Abbreviation:  -     Publication Date:  2011 Mar 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2011-3-29     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8205768     Medline TA:  J Cell Biochem     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
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Copyright © 2011 Wiley-Liss, Inc.
Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Zhongshan School of Medicine, Sun Yat-sen University, People's Republic of China; DaAn Gene Co., Ltd., Sun Yat-sen University, Guangzhou, Guangdong, People's Republic of China, People's Republic of China; School of Medicine, Anhui University of Science and Technology, Anhui, People's Republic of China.
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