Pathol Oncol Res 2014 Jul 14;20(3):557-63. Epub 2013 Dec 14.
Department of Ophthalmology and Pathology, The McGill University Health Center & Henry C. Witelson Ocular Pathology Laboratory, 3775 University St., Room 216, Montreal, QC, Canada, H3A 2B4,
In order to better understand the role of HIF-1α in the proliferation of the retinoblastoma cells, a siRNA knockdown of HIF-1α followed by a proliferation assay was performed. Further sequencing was then carried out in order to assess knockdown efficiency and expression of HIF-1α. Upregulation of HIF-1α gene expression in CoCl2-treated retinoblastoma cells was demonstrated via melting curve analysis from PCR tests and was further analyzed using western blot and densitometry analysis. Reduction of HIF-1α expression in retinoblastoma, post HIF-1α knockdown, was observed after siRNA transfection into Y-79 cells. Knockdown of HIF-1α resulted in a significant decrease in proliferation thereby demonstrating that HIF-1α is involved in promoting survival and proliferation in retinoblastoma cells. Stabilization of HIF-1α in retinoblastoma cells using CoCl2 was unsuccessful.