Publications by authors named "Weihong Ma"

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Association study of hypertension susceptibility genes , and with preeclampsia in Chinese Han population.

J Matern Fetal Neonatal Med 2021 Jan 24:1-9. Epub 2021 Jan 24.

Department of Obstetrics, The Second Hospital, Cheeloo College of Medicine, Shandong University, Jinan, P.R. China.

Objective: Preeclampsia (PE) is a disorder that occurs during the pregnancy and could affect the maternal and perinatal mortality as well as morbidity. The aim of our study is to investigate the associations between the hypertension susceptibility genes , and with PE in Chinese Han population.

Methods: A case-control study including 178 PE patients and 202 healthy controls was conducted to assess the associations between three loci ( rs155524, rs2932538 and rs4373814) and PE. The TaqMan probe assay was applied for genotyping in our study. Quantitative real-time PCR was performed to detect the mRNA expression levels of ITGA9, MOV10 and CACNB2. ELISA was carried out to detect the concentration of serum sFlt-1 or PLGF.

Results: Our study detected no significant differences in allelic frequencies of three SNPs between PE patients and healthy controls. In the genetic model, the results showed that the patients with rs155524 GA or AA genotypes had a higher risk of PE development compared to those with GG genotype in codominant model. And PE patients had a higher frequency of GA + AA genotypes based on the dominant model. Subgroup analysis showed rs155524 was associated with early-onset PE but not with late-onset PE. No association was observed between and with PE in any genetic model and subgroup analysis. Quantitative real-time PCR results showed that ITGA9 mRNA expression level was apparently increased in the placental tissues of PE patients. In addition, ITGA9 expression levels of GA + AA subjects were apparently higher than that in the genotype GG of placental tissues. sFlt-1/PLGF ratio was higher in GA + AA subjects than that in GG subjects. Regression analysis revealed that ratio of sFlt-1/PLGF was positively correlated with ITGA9 mRNA expression level.

Conclusion: This study has identified is a promising candidate susceptibility gene for early-onset PE. Our findings demonstrated that the high expression of ITGA9 might be associated with an increased risk of PE.
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http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/14767058.2021.1876022DOI Listing
January 2021

Human papillomavirus-associated small cell carcinoma with synchronous squamous cell carcinoma in the nasopharynx: Report of a rare case.

Cytopathology 2021 May 31;32(3):385-388. Epub 2020 Dec 31.

Manchester Cytology Centre, Manchester University NHS Foundation, Manchester, UK.

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/cyt.12952DOI Listing
May 2021

In-depth analysis of potential PaAP2/ERF transcription factor related to fatty acid accumulation in avocado (Persea americana Mill.) and functional characterization of two PaAP2/ERF genes in transgenic tomato.

Plant Physiol Biochem 2021 Jan 18;158:308-320. Epub 2020 Nov 18.

Haikou Experimental Station, Chinese Academy of Tropical Agricultural Sciences, Haikou, Hainan, 570102, China. Electronic address:

Fatty acids in avocado fruit are crucial components influencing taste as well as fruit quality and nutritional value. Changes to fatty acid contents and concentrations in avocado fruit are important because of the associated effects on sensory properties. Hence, plant physiologists and molecular biologists interested in elucidating the influence of transcription factors on fatty acid accumulation in avocado fruit. In this study, APETALA2/ethylene-responsive factor (AP2/ERF) family members in avocado (Persea americana Mill.) were systematically and comprehensively analyze to identify potential PaAP2/ERF genes related to fatty acid accumulation. The results of bioinformatics analysis and the expression profiles of the AP2/ERF members suggested that 10 highly expressed PaAP2/ERF genes may encode transcription factors with functions related to the fatty acid accumulation in the avocado mesocarp. Furthermore, PaWRI1 and PaWRI2, two AP2/ERF transcription factor genes in avocado, were functionally characterized regarding their effects on fatty acid accumulation. The transcriptome and biochemical analyses of PaWRI1-2-overexpressing transgenic tomato plants revealed the up-regulated expression of 17 unigenes related to fatty acid synthesis and triacylglycerol assembly as well as increased fatty acid contents relative to the corresponding levels in the wild-type plants. In contrast, the overexpression of PaWRI2 in transgenic tomato plants up-regulated the expression of only six unigenes associated with fatty acid synthesis and triacylglycerol assembly and negligibly affected fatty acid accumulation when compared with wild-type plants. This systematic analysis provides a foundation for future studies regarding AP2/ERF functions associated with fatty acid accumulation.
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http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.plaphy.2020.11.016DOI Listing
January 2021

Transcriptome Profiling Provides Insight into the Genes in Carotenoid Biosynthesis during the Mesocarp and Seed Developmental Stages of Avocado ().

Int J Mol Sci 2019 Aug 23;20(17). Epub 2019 Aug 23.

Haikou Experimental Station, Chinese Academy of Tropical Agricultural Sciences, Haikou 570102, China.

Avocado ( Mill.) is an economically important crop because of its high nutritional value. However, the absence of a sequenced avocado reference genome has hindered investigations of secondary metabolism. For next-generation high-throughput transcriptome sequencing, we obtained 365,615,152 and 348,623,402 clean reads as well as 109.13 and 104.10 Gb of sequencing data for avocado mesocarp and seed, respectively, during five developmental stages. High-quality reads were assembled into 100,837 unigenes with an average length of 847.40 bp (N50 = 1725 bp). Additionally, 16,903 differentially expressed genes (DEGs) were detected, 17 of which were related to carotenoid biosynthesis. The expression levels of most of these 17 DEGs were higher in the mesocarp than in the seed during five developmental stages. In this study, the avocado mesocarp and seed transcriptome were also sequenced using single-molecule long-read sequencing to acquired 25.79 and 17.67 Gb clean data, respectively. We identified 233,014 and 238,219 consensus isoforms in avocado mesocarp and seed, respectively. Furthermore, 104 and 59 isoforms were found to correspond to the putative 11 carotenoid biosynthetic-related genes in the avocado mesocarp and seed, respectively. The isoform numbers of 10 out of the putative 11 genes involved in the carotenoid biosynthetic pathway were higher in the mesocarp than those in the seed. Besides, alpha- and beta-carotene contents in the avocado mesocarp and seed during five developmental stages were also measured, and they were higher in the mesocarp than in the seed, which validated the results of transcriptome profiling. Gene expression changes and the associated variations in gene dosage could influence carotenoid biosynthesis. These results will help to further elucidate carotenoid biosynthesis in avocado.
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http://dx.doi.org/10.3390/ijms20174117DOI Listing
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6747375PMC
August 2019

Musa balbisiana genome reveals subgenome evolution and functional divergence.

Nat Plants 2019 08 15;5(8):810-821. Epub 2019 Jul 15.

Key Laboratory of Biology and Genetic Resources of Tropical Crops, Institute of Tropical Bioscience and Biotechnology, Chinese Academy of Tropical Agricultural Sciences, Haikou, China.

Banana cultivars (Musa ssp.) are diploid, triploid and tetraploid hybrids derived from Musa acuminata and Musa balbisiana. We presented a high-quality draft genome assembly of M. balbisiana with 430 Mb (87%) assembled into 11 chromosomes. We identified that the recent divergence of M. acuminata (A-genome) and M. balbisiana (B-genome) occurred after lineage-specific whole-genome duplication, and that the B-genome may be more sensitive to the fractionation process compared to the A-genome. Homoeologous exchanges occurred frequently between A- and B-subgenomes in allopolyploids. Genomic variation within progenitors resulted in functional divergence of subgenomes. Global homoeologue expression dominance occurred between subgenomes of the allotriploid. Gene families related to ethylene biosynthesis and starch metabolism exhibited significant expansion at the pathway level and wide homoeologue expression dominance in the B-subgenome of the allotriploid. The independent origin of 1-aminocyclopropane-1-carboxylic acid oxidase (ACO) homoeologue gene pairs and tandem duplication-driven expansion of ACO genes in the B-subgenome contributed to rapid and major ethylene production post-harvest in allotriploid banana fruits. The findings of this study provide greater context for understanding fruit biology, and aid the development of tools for breeding optimal banana cultivars.
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http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/s41477-019-0452-6DOI Listing
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6784884PMC
August 2019

Prediction and identification of human leukocyte antigen-A2-restricted cytotoxic T lymphocyte epitope peptides from the human papillomavirus 58 E7 protein.

Oncol Lett 2018 Aug 1;16(2):2003-2008. Epub 2018 Jun 1.

Gynecologist Tumor Department, Affiliated Tumor Hospital of Guangxi Medical University, Nanning, Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region 530021, P.R. China.

Persistent infection with high-risk human papilloma virus (HPV) is the primary cause of cervical intraepithelial neoplasia (CIN) and cervical carcinoma. HPV58 is the third most common HPV genotype in China after HPV16 and HPV18. HPV E6 and E7 are oncoproteins and are constitutively expressed in HPV-associated cancer cells, therefore they are considered to be ideal target antigens for immunotherapy, including HPV therapeutic vaccine. In the present study, human leukocyte antigen (HLA)-A2-restricted cytotoxic T lymphocyte (CTL) epitope peptides were predicted and screened from HPV58 E7 antigen and their immunogenicity was subsequently determined. A total of 6 HLA-A2-binding peptides derived from HPV58 E7 were predicted and selected using 3 different prediction programs. A negative control peptide and PBS were used as two negative controls. Peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMCs) with HLA-A2(+) allele were used to detect the specific cellular immune response among the 6 predicted peptides by enzyme-linked immunospot assay (ELISOPT). Following preliminary screening for the predicted peptides, the antigenicity of the peptide HPV58 E7 was further assessed by an immunoassay to a vaccine contained HPV58 E7 antigen. Specific humoral and cellular immunity were detected using the peptide HPV58 E7 as the specific antigen. A total of 6 peptides from HPV58 E7 protein were predicted and subsequently named P1 (E7: TLREYILDL), P2 (E7: DLHPEPTDL), P3 (E7: CINSTTTDV), and P4 (E7: STTTDVRTL), P5 (E7: TLQQLLMGT) and P6 (E7: LLMGTCTIV). In the ELISPOT assay on HLA-A2 (+) human PBMCs, interferon (IFN)-γ-production was evident in the P2 and P4 groups. The average numbers of IFN-γ associated spots in the P2 and P4 groups was 50.61±5.37 spot-forming cells (SFC)/1×10 and 266±34.42 SFC/1×10, respectively. The numbers of spots in the two peptides were significantly increased compared with the other 4 peptides and the control groups (P<0.05). In the further antigenicity verification of P4 (HPV58 E7), the peptide only stimulated the humoral immune response of the AD-HPV16/18/58 mE6E7 vaccine containing HPV58 E7 antigen. Compared with the 2 negative control groups (1:400), the antibody titers of the vaccine group (1:25,600) were significantly increased (P<0.05). In cellular immunoassays the average number of IFN-γ associated spots was 143.3±32.13 SFC/1×10 in the vaccine group, which was significantly enhanced compared with the PBS group (8±5.29 SFC/1×10; P<0.01) and the AD-NC group (28±5.13 SFC/1×10; P<0.01). The peptide HPV58 E7 (STTTDVRTL) displayed sufficient antigenicity to a vaccine contained HPV58 E7 antigen. Therefore, HPV58 E7 peptide may be considered as a candidate epitope peptide for the construction of HPV58 peptide vaccines.
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http://dx.doi.org/10.3892/ol.2018.8875DOI Listing
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6036542PMC
August 2018

[Establishment and identification of human cervical cancer cell line C33A stably expressing human papillomavirus type 58 E6E7 fusion gene].

Sheng Wu Yi Xue Gong Cheng Xue Za Zhi 2017 08;34(4):578-584

Tumor Hospital of Guangxi Medical University, Nanning 530021,

The study was performed to construct a human cervical cancer cell line C33A which can stably express HPV58E6E7 fusion gene. Firstly, C33A cells were transfected with the recombinant lentivirus LV-HPV58E6E7 which contained HPV58E6E7 fusion gene, and the stably transfected cells (LV-HPV58E6E7/C33A) were screened out by flow cytometry. MTT was used to observe the growth of LV-HPV58E6E7/C33A cells and flow cytometry was carried out to detect the cell cycle. LV-HPV58E6E7/C33A cells were inoculated into the left armpits of nude mice. Then, the transcription and expression of HPV58E6E7 fusion gene was detected by qRT-PCR and Western blot, respectively. The results showed that HPV58E6E7 fusion gene can promote the proliferation of C33A cells. HPV58E6E7 fusion gene can be stably transcripted and expressed in vaccinated nude mice. The conclusion indicated that we successfully established a cervical cancer cell line LV-HPV58E6E7/C33A which can stably express HPV58E6E7 fusion gene. This cell line will provide an antigen cell line for the immune effect detection of HPV58 therapeutic vaccine.
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http://dx.doi.org/10.7507/1001-5515.201605040DOI Listing
August 2017

Acute and sub-chronic toxicity of glucose-cysteine Maillard reaction products in Sprague-Dawley rats.

Food Chem Toxicol 2015 Jun 27;80:271-276. Epub 2015 Mar 27.

Hainan Key Laboratory of Banana Genetic Improvement, Haikou Experimental Station, Chinese Academy of Tropical Agricultural Sciences, Haikou 570102, China.

Maillard reaction products (MRPs) derived from glucose-cysteine reactions have excellent anti-browning ability. However, there is a lack of information about their acute and sub-chronic toxicities. To our knowledge, the present study is the first to evaluate the acute and sub-chronic toxicities of MRPs in experimental animals. Acute toxicity testing and analysis by Horn's method showed that the median lethal oral dose (LD50) of MRPs in rats was 6.81 g/kg body weight. The sub-chronic toxicity test involved feeding rats with diet containing 0, 0.43, 0.85, or 1.70% (w/w) MRPs for 90 days. These treatments did not affect mortality, gross pathology, histology, hematology, or blood chemistry, and there were no dose-dependent changes in feed consumption. Based on these results, the dietary no-observed-adverse-effect level (NOAEL) for 90-day exposure was 1.29 and 1.51 g MRPs/kg body weight/day for male and female rats, respectively.
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http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.fct.2015.03.021DOI Listing
June 2015

Isolation and characterization of an α-glucosidase inhibitor from Musa spp. (Baxijiao) flowers.

Molecules 2014 Jul 18;19(7):10563-73. Epub 2014 Jul 18.

Hainan Key Laboratory of Banana Genetic Improvement, Haikou Experimental Station, Chinese Academy of Tropical Agricultural Sciences, Haikou 570101, China.

The use of α-glucosidase inhibitors is considered to be an effective strategy in the treatment of diabetes. Using a bioassay-guided fractionation technique, five Bacillus stearothermophilus α-glucosidase inhibitors were isolated from the flowers of Musa spp. (Baxijiao). Using NMR spectroscopy analysis they were identified as vanillic acid (1), ferulic acid (2), β-sitosterol (3), daucosterol (4) and 9-(4'-hydroxyphenyl)-2-methoxyphenalen-1-one (5). The half maximal inhibitory concentration (IC50) values of compounds 1-5 were 2004.58, 1258.35, 283.67, 247.35 and 3.86 mg/L, respectively. Compared to a known α-glucosidase inhibitor (acarbose, IC50=999.31 mg/L), compounds 3, 4 and 5 showed a strong α-glucosidase inhibitory effect. A Lineweaver-Burk plot indicated that compound 5 is a mixed-competitive inhibitor, while compounds 3 and 4 are competitive inhibitors. The inhibition constants (Ki) of compounds 3, 4 and 5 were 20.09, 2.34 and 4.40 mg/L, respectively. Taken together, these data show that the compounds 3, 4 and 5 are potent α-glucosidase inhibitors.
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http://dx.doi.org/10.3390/molecules190710563DOI Listing
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6271520PMC
July 2014

[Anti-inflammatory effects of apoprotein AI are mediated via modulating macrophage polarity].

Zhonghua Xin Xue Guan Bing Za Zhi 2014 Feb;42(2):132-5

Department of Cardiology, Affiliated Hospital of Guilin Medical College, Guilin 541001, China.

Objective: To explore the anti-inflammatory mechanisms of high density lipoprotein (HDL) by observing the effects of apoprotein (apo)AI, a major protein component of HDL, on the inflammatory macrophage cell polarity.

Methods: Cultured mice marrow-derived macrophages were stimulated with lipopolysaccharide and interferon after 10 µg/ml of apoAI were added to the macrophages for 24 hours. The expression of membrane molecules CD16/32, CD206 were detected by fluorescence activated cell sorting (FACS). ELISA was used to detect the secretion of IL-10 and IL-12. Real-time quantitative PCR was used to detect the mRNA expression of TLR4, MyD88 and IRF5.

Results: Compared to macrophages stimulated by interferon and lipopolysaccharide but without pretreatment with apoAI, pre-incubation with apoAI significantly downregulated the expression of CD16/32 (91.17% ± 1.99% vs.50.47% ± 1.02%, P < 0.05), IL-12 [(747.27 ± 3.74)pg/ml vs. (73.80 ± 4.56)pg/ml, P < 0.05], upregulated the expression of CD206(0.33% ± 0.12% vs. 3.00% ± 0.36%, P < 0.05), IL -10 expression [(23.56 ± 4.30) pg/ml vs.(32.91 ± 2.47) pg/ml, P < 0.05], and reduced the mRNA expression of TLR4 (1.000 ± 0.025 vs.0.708 ± 0.003, P < 0.05) , MyD88 (1.591 ± 0.005 vs. 1.341 ± 0.005, P < 0.05) , IRF5 (0.954 ± 0.005 vs. 0.463 ± 0.003, P < 0.05) .

Conclusion: ApoAI enhances the switch of inflammatory macrophages to anti-inflammatory macrophages possibly through inhibiting TLR4-MyD88-IRF5 pathway.
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February 2014

Pannexin 1 forms an anion-selective channel.

Pflugers Arch 2012 Apr 7;463(4):585-92. Epub 2012 Feb 7.

Faculty of Life Sciences, The University of Manchester, Smith Building, Oxford Road, Manchester, UK.

Pannexin 1 (Panx1) is expressed in various mammalian tissues including the brain and immune cells. Here, we present evidence that Panx1 when expressed in mammalian cells, forms anion-selective channels, with a rank order of permeabilities: NO (3) (-)> I(-) > Br (-)> Cl (-) > F (-)> aspartate (-)≈ glutamate (-)≈ gluconate(-). Single-channel Panx1-mediated currents have a unitary conductance around 68 pS. Our results show that Panx1 assembles into a membrane anion channel with a relatively low single-channel conductance.
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http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s00424-012-1077-zDOI Listing
April 2012

Pharmacological characterization of pannexin-1 currents expressed in mammalian cells.

J Pharmacol Exp Ther 2009 Feb 20;328(2):409-18. Epub 2008 Nov 20.

Faculty of Life Sciences, University of Manchester, Manchester, United Kingdom.

Pannexin (Panx) 1 is a widely expressed protein that shares structural, but not amino acid, homology with gap junction proteins, the connexins. Panx1 does not form gap junctions in mammalian cells, but it may function as a plasma membrane hemichannel. Little is known of the pharmacological properties of panx1 expression in mammalian cells. Here, we identify three variants in the human PANX1 gene. We expressed these variants and mouse Panx1 in mammalian cells and compared Panx1-induced currents. All human Panx1 variants and the mouse Panx1 showed identical protein expression levels, localization patterns, and functional properties, although the frequency of functional expression was species-dependent. Panx1 currents were independent of changes in extracellular or intracellular calcium or phospholipase C transduction. We found compounds that inhibited Panx1 currents with a rank order of potency: carbenoxolone > disodium 4,4'-diisothiocyanatostilbene-2,2'-disulfonate (DIDS) approximately disodium 4-acetamido-4'-isothiocyanato-stilben-2,2'-disulfonate approximately 5-nitro-2-(3-phenylpropylamino)benzoic acid > indanyloxyacetic acid 94 > probenecid > flufenamic acid = niflumic acid. Triphosphate nucleotides (ATP, GTP, and UTP) rapidly and reversibly inhibited Panx1 currents via mechanism(s) independent of purine receptors. When Panx1 was coexpressed with purinergic P2X(7) receptor (P2X(7)R), DIDS was found to act as a P2X(7)R antagonist to inhibit ATP-evoked currents, but none of the other compounds inhibited P2X(7)R currents. This is the first detailed pharmacological characterization of Panx1-mediated currents in mammalian cells and sheds new, although contradictory, light on the hypothesis that Panx1 acts as a hemichannel to allow passage of large molecules in response to P2X(7)R activation.
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http://dx.doi.org/10.1124/jpet.108.146365DOI Listing
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2682283PMC
February 2009

The synthetic triterpenoid, CDDO, suppresses alloreactive T cell responses and reduces murine early acute graft-versus-host disease mortality.

Biol Blood Marrow Transplant 2007 May 26;13(5):521-9. Epub 2007 Feb 26.

Department of Microbiology and Immunology, University of Nevada, Reno, Nevada, USA.

Acute graft-versus-host disease (aGVHD) still remains one of the life-threatening complications following allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (allo-HSCT). Immunomodulation of alloreactive donor T cell responses, as well as cytokine secretion is a potential therapeutic approach for the prevention of aGVHD. The synthetic triterpenoid, CDDO (2-cyano-3, 12-dioxooleana-1, 9-dien-28-oic acid), exhibits potent antitumor activity and has also been shown to mediate anti-inflammatory and immunomodulatory effects. We therefore wanted to assess the effects of CDDO on early lethal aGVHD. In this study, we found that CDDO significantly inhibited in vitro mixed lymphocyte responses and preferentially promoted the apoptosis of proliferating but not resting alloreactive T cells. Using a full major histocompatibility complex (MHC)-disparate murine aGVHD model, we found that the administration of CDDO immediately after transplantation significantly decreased liver pathology as determined by histologic assessment and prolonged survival in mice. Importantly, administration of CDDO did not adversely impair donor myeloid reconstitution as determined by peripheral blood cell count and the extent of donor chimerism. These findings indicate that CDDO has a significant immunomodulatory effects in vitro and on early lethal aGVHD development, particularly affecting the liver, in a murine allo-HSCT model.
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http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.bbmt.2006.12.453DOI Listing
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4559277PMC
May 2007

The proteasome inhibitor PS-341 sensitizes neoplastic cells to TRAIL-mediated apoptosis by reducing levels of c-FLIP.

Blood 2003 Jul 13;102(1):303-10. Epub 2003 Mar 13.

Basic Sciences Program, SAIC-Frederick, Center for Cancer Research, National Cancer Institute/NIH, Bldg 560, Rm 31-30, Frederick, MD 21702-1201, USA.

Because of the pivotal role the proteasome plays in apoptosis, inhibitors of this enzyme, such as PS-341, provide a great opportunity for exploring synergy between proteasome inhibition and other apoptosis-inducing agents. Tumor necrosis factor-related apoptosis-inducing ligand (TRAIL) can selectively induce apoptosis in tumor cells. In overnight assays, combinations of PS-341 and TRAIL were much more effective than either agent alone in promoting apoptosis of a murine myeloid leukemia, C1498, and a murine renal cancer, Renca. For C1498 cells, apoptosis sensitization by PS-341 affected neither the activity of nuclear factor kappaB (NF-kappaB) nor the levels of most antiapoptotic proteins. However, reductions in the antiapoptotic protein c-FLIP in response to PS-341 were observed in both C1498 and Renca cells. Treatment of normal bone marrow mixed with C1498 tumor cells for 18 hours with a combination of PS-341 and TRAIL resulted in a specific depletion of the tumor cells. Upon transfer to irradiated syngeneic recipient mice, mixtures treated with the PS-341 plus TRAIL combination resulted in enhanced long-term tumor-free survival of mice. These data therefore support the targeting of apoptotic pathways in tumor cells, using combinations of agents such as PS-341 and TRAIL that interact synergistically to preferentially promote tumor cell apoptosis.
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http://dx.doi.org/10.1182/blood-2002-09-2975DOI Listing
July 2003