Am J Transl Res 2017 15;9(12):5422-5431. Epub 2017 Dec 15.
Department of Urology, Renji Hospital, School of Medicine, Shanghai Jiao Tong UniversityShanghai 200127, China.
Astrocyte elevated gene-1 (AEG-1) has been reported to promote tumorigenesis, however the molecular mechanisms by which AEG-1-induced bladder cancer progression has remained elusive. Here, we identified that depletion of AEG-1 in bladder cancer cells suppressed cell growth. Moreover, we observed that down-regulation of AEG-1 induced apoptosis and inhibited cell migration and invasion. Furthermore, depletion of AEG-1 inhibited Akt activity and suppressed Bcl-2 expression, but upregulated the levels of p21 and p27. Our findings reveal that AEG-1 carries out its oncogenic function via activation of the Akt pathway. Therefore, inhibition of AEG-1 could be a novel treatment approach for bladder cancer.