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Thymidylate synthase inhibition induces p53-dependent and p53-independent apoptotic responses in human urinary bladder cancer cells.
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PMID:  20425122     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
PURPOSE: In search for more effective clinical protocols, the antimetabolite drug 5-fluorouracil (5-FU) has been successfully included in new regimens of bladder cancer combination chemotherapy. In the present study, we have investigated the effects of 5-FU treatment on apoptosis induction in wild-type and mutant p53 urinary bladder cancer cells.
METHODS: We have used MTT-based assays, FACS analysis, Western blotting and semi-quantitative RT-PCR in RT4 and RT112 (grade I, wild-type p53), as well as in T24 (grade III, mutant p53) and TCCSUP (grade IV, mutant p53) human urinary bladder cancer cell lines.
RESULTS: In the urothelial bladder cancer cell lines RT4 and T24, 5-FU-induced TS inhibition proved to be associated with cell type-dependent (a) sensitivity to the drug, (b) Caspase-mediated apoptosis, (c) p53 stabilization and activation, as well as Rb phosphorylation and E2F1 expression and (d) transcriptional regulation of p53 target genes and their cognate proteins, while an E2F-dependent transcriptional network did not seem to be critically engaged in such type of responses.
CONCLUSIONS: We have shown that in the wild-type p53 context of RT4 cells, 5-FU-triggered apoptosis was prominently efficient and mainly regulated by p53-dependent mechanisms, whereas the mutant p53 environment of T24 cells was able to provide notable levels of resistance to apoptosis, basically ascribed to E2F-independent, and still unidentified, pathways. Nevertheless, the differential vulnerability of RT4 and T24 cells to 5-FU administration could also be associated with cell-type-specific transcriptional expression patterns of certain genes critically involved in 5-FU metabolism.
Dimitrios J Stravopodis; Panagiotis K Karkoulis; Eumorphia G Konstantakou; Sophia Melachroinou; Angeliki Thanasopoulou; Gerasimos Aravantinos; Lukas H Margaritis; Ema Anastasiadou; Gerassimos E Voutsinas
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article     Date:  2010-04-28
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of cancer research and clinical oncology     Volume:  137     ISSN:  1432-1335     ISO Abbreviation:  J. Cancer Res. Clin. Oncol.     Publication Date:  2011 Feb 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2011-03-03     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7902060     Medline TA:  J Cancer Res Clin Oncol     Country:  Germany    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  359-74     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Cell Biology and Biophysics, Faculty of Biology, University of Athens, Panepistimiopolis, Zografou, 15784, Athens, Greece.
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