Cancer Lett 2011 Dec 3;313(1):76-83. Epub 2011 Sep 3.
Molecular Imaging & Therapy Branch, Division of Convergence Technology, National Cancer Center, 323 Ilsan-ro, Ilsandong-gu, Goyang-si, Gyeonggi-do 410-769, Republic of Korea.
Previously, we reported that a novel secretory protein, pancreatic adenocarcinoma up-regulated factor (PAUF), which is highly expressed in pancreatic cancer and mediates the growth and metastasis of pancreatic cancer cells. In this study, we generated and characterized a 2'-fluoropyrimidine modified RNA aptamer (P12FR2) directed against human PAUF. P12FR2 binds specifically to human PAUF with an estimated apparent K(D) of 77nM. P12FR2 aptamer inhibits PAUF-induced migration of PANC-1, human pancreatic cancer cells, in a wound healing assay. Moreover, intraperitoneal injection of P12FR2 decreased tumor growth by about 60% in an in vivo xenograft model with CFPAC-1 pancreatic cancer cells, without causing a loss of weight in the treated mice. Taken together, we propose here that PAUF-specific RNA aptamer, P12FR2, has the potential to be effective in the therapy of human pancreatic cancer.