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Quantification and study of the L-DOPA decarboxylase expression in gastric adenocarcinoma cells treated with chemotherapeutic substances.
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PMID:  23328075     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
3,4-Dihydroxy-L-phenylalanine decarboxylase (DDC) is an enzyme implicated in the biosynthetic pathways of the neurotransmitters dopamine and probably serotonin. DDC gene expression has been studied in numerous malignancies and the corresponding data have shown remarkable alterations in the mRNA and/or protein levels encoded by the gene. The aim of this study was to examine any modulations in the DDC mRNA levels in gastric cancer cells after their treatment with the chemotherapeutic agents 5-fluorouracil, leucovorin, irinotecan, etoposide, cisplatin, and taxol. The sensitivity of the AGS gastric adenocarcinoma cells to the antineoplastic drugs was evaluated using the MTT assay. Total RNA was extracted and reverse transcribed into cDNA. A highly sensitive quantitative real-time PCR methodology was developed for the quantification of DDC mRNA. GAPDH was used as a housekeeping gene. Relative quantification analysis was carried out using the comparative C T method ((Equation is included in full-text article.)). The treatment of AGS cells with several concentrations of various broadly used anticancer drugs resulted in significant modulations of the DDC mRNA levels compared with those in the untreated cells in a time-specific and drug-specific manner. Generally, DDC expression levels appeared to decrease after three time periods of exposure to the selected chemotherapeutic agents, suggesting a characteristic DDC mRNA expression profile that is possibly related to the mechanism of each drug. Our experimental data show that the DDC gene might serve as a new potential molecular biomarker predicting treatment response in gastric cancer cells.
Dimitrios Korbakis; Emmanuel G Fragoulis; Andreas Scorilas
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Anti-cancer drugs     Volume:  24     ISSN:  1473-5741     ISO Abbreviation:  Anticancer Drugs     Publication Date:  2013 Mar 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2013-01-25     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9100823     Medline TA:  Anticancer Drugs     Country:  England    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  291-9     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Faculty of Biology, University of Athens, Panepistimiopolis, Athens, Greece.
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