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See detailIsostrychnopentamine, an indolomonoterpenic alkaloid from Strychnos usambarensis, induces cell cycle arrest and apoptosis in human colon cancer cells
Frederich, Michel ULg; Bentires-Alj, M.; Tits, Monique ULg et al

in Journal of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics (2003), 304(3), 1103-1110

Isostrychnopentamine (ISP) is an indolomonoterpenic alkaloid that is present in the leaves of Strychnos usambarensis, a well known African shrub or little tree. The roots contain quaternary alkaloids ... [more ▼]

Isostrychnopentamine (ISP) is an indolomonoterpenic alkaloid that is present in the leaves of Strychnos usambarensis, a well known African shrub or little tree. The roots contain quaternary alkaloids, which are used to make a curare-like arrow poison. However, tertiary alkaloids isolated from the same plant possess cytotoxic activities against mammalian cells and protozoa. The effect of ISP has been investigated on the growth and viability of HCT-116 colon cancer cells during their exponentially growing phase. ISP induced apoptotic cell death as shown by the translocation of phosphatidylserine from the inner layer to the outer layer of the plasma membrane, chromatin condensation, DNA fragmentation, and caspase-3 and -9 activation. ISP provoked also cell cycle arrest in the G(2)-M phase. We also showed that the expression of p53 was not modified in ISP-treated cells, but that p21 was induced in a p53-independent manner. Finally, we demonstrated that ISP did not affect the catalytic activity of human topoisomerases I and II. In conclusion, ISP, which promotes cell death by a p53-independent apoptotic pathway, could be an interesting lead for cancer chemotherapy. [less ▲]

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See detailMechanisms involved in exogenous C2- and C6-ceramide-induced cancer cell toxicity.
Fillet, Marianne ULg; Bentires-Alj, Mohamed; Deregowski, Valérie et al

in Biochemical Pharmacology (2003), 65(10), 1633-42

Ceramides are important intracellular second messengers that play a role in the regulation of cell growth, differentiation, and programmed cell death. To determine whether ceramides can mediate the ... [more ▼]

Ceramides are important intracellular second messengers that play a role in the regulation of cell growth, differentiation, and programmed cell death. To determine whether ceramides can mediate the apoptosis of HCT116 and OVCAR-3 cancer cells, exogenous C2-, C6-, and C16-ceramides were used to mimic the endogenous lipid increase that follows a large variety of stresses. C2- and C6-ceramides (cell-permeable ceramide analogs), but not C16-ceramide, induced nuclear factor-kappaB (NF-kappaB) DNA-binding, caspase-3 activation, poly(ADP-ribose) polymerase degradation, and mitochondrial cytochrome c release, indicating that apoptosis occurs through the caspase cascade and the mitochondrial pathway. No difference in survival was observed between control cells and cells expressing mutated IkappaBalpha and treated with the permeable ceramides. This suggests that, at least in these cell lines, stable NF-kappaB inhibition did not modify the ceramide-induced cytotoxicity pathway. C6-ceramide also induced a double block in G1 and G2, thus emptying the S phase. [less ▲]

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See detailNF-κB transcription factor induces drug resistance through MDR1 expression in cancer cells
Bentires-Alj, Mohamed; Barbu, Véronique; Fillet, Marianne ULg et al

in Oncogene (2003), 22

The ubiquitous NF-kappaB transcription factor has been reported to inhibit apoptosis and to induce drug resistance in cancer cells. Drug resistance is the major reason for cancer therapy failure and ... [more ▼]

The ubiquitous NF-kappaB transcription factor has been reported to inhibit apoptosis and to induce drug resistance in cancer cells. Drug resistance is the major reason for cancer therapy failure and neoplastic cells often develop multiple mechanisms of drug resistance during tumor progression. We observed that NF-kappaB or P-glycoprotein inhibition in the HCT15 colon cancer cells led to increased apoptotic cell death in response to daunomycin treatment. Interestingly, NF-kappaB inhibition through transfection of a plasmid coding for a mutated IkappaB-alpha inhibitor increased daunomycin cell uptake. Indeed, the inhibition of NF-kappaB reduced mdr1 mRNA and P-glycoprotein expression in HCT15 cells. We identified a consensus NF-kappaB binding site in the first intron of the human mdr1 gene and demonstrated that NF-kappaB complexes could bind with this intronic site. Moreover, NF-kappaB transactivates an mdr1 promoter luciferase construct. Our data thus demonstrate a role for NF-kappaB in the regulation of the mdr1 gene expression in cancer cells and in drug resistance. [less ▲]

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See detailPharmacological evaluation of the novel thromboxane modulator BM-567 (II/II). Effects of BM-567 on osteogenic sarcoma-cell-induced platelet aggregation
De Leval, X.; Benoit, V.; Delarge, J. et al

in Prostaglandins, Leukotrienes, and Essential Fatty Acids (2003)

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See detailTNF-alpha protects human primary articular chondrocytes from nitric oxide-induced apoptosis via nuclear factor-kappaB
Relic, Biserka ULg; Bentires-Alj, Mohamed; Ribbens, Clio ULg et al

in Laboratory Investigation : Journal of Technical Methods & Pathology (2002), 82(12), 1661-1672

TNF-alpha plays a key role in rheumatoid arthritis, but its effect on chondrocyte survival is still conflicting. In the present study, we tested how TNF-alpha influences chondrocyte survival in response ... [more ▼]

TNF-alpha plays a key role in rheumatoid arthritis, but its effect on chondrocyte survival is still conflicting. In the present study, we tested how TNF-alpha influences chondrocyte survival in response to nitric oxide (NO)-related apoptotic signals, which are abundant during rheumatoid arthritis. Human primary articular chondrocytes or cartilage explants were pretreated with TNF-alpha for 24 hours and then treated with the proapoptotic NO donor sodium-nitro-prusside (SNP) for an additional 24 hours. TNF-alpha pretreatment markedly protected chondrocytes from SNP-induced cell death. Preincubation of chondrocytes with TNF-alpha inhibited both SNP-induced high-molecular weight DNA fragmentation and annexin V-FITC binding. Of interest, TNF-alpha induced persistent nuclear factor-kappaB (NF-kappaB)-DNA binding activity even in the presence of SNP, mirroring apoptosis protection effects. Both the TNF-alpha antiapoptotic effect and NF-kappaB-DNA binding activity were significantly inhibited by NF-kappaB inhibitors, Bay 11-7085, MG-132, and adenovirus-expressing mutated IkappaB-alpha. Phosphatidylinositol-3 kinase inhibitor LY 294002 also markedly inhibited the antiapoptotic effect of TNF-alpha. In primary chondrocytes, TNF-alpha induced expression of the antiapoptotic protein Cox-2, which persisted in the presence of SNP, and a specific Cox-2 inhibitor significantly blocked the TNF-alpha protective effect. We therefore conclude that TNF-alpha-mediated protection of chondrocytes from NO-induced apoptosis acts through NF-kappaB and requires Cox-2 activity. [less ▲]

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See detailEffects of BM-573, a dual thromboxane A2 receptor antagonist and thromboxane synthase inhibitor, on osteogenic sarcoma cell-induced platelet aggregation
De Leval, X.; David, J. L.; Neven, P. et al

Poster (2001, December)

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See detailEffects of BM-573, a dual thromboxane A(2) receptor antagonist and thromboxane synthase inhibitor, on osteogenic sarcoma cell-induced platelet aggregation
de Leval, X.; David, Jean-Louis ULg; Neven, P. et al

in Blood (2001, November 16), 98(11, Part 2), 43

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See detailImpaired Accumulation of Granulocytes in the Lung During Ozone Adaptation
Fievez, Laurence ULg; Kirschvink, N.; Dogne, S. et al

in Free Radical Biology & Medicine (2001), 31(5), 633-641

Respiratory alterations induced by an acute exposure to ozone (O(3)) paradoxically resolve during multiday exposure. This adaptation is characteristically accompanied by a gradual attenuation of lung ... [more ▼]

Respiratory alterations induced by an acute exposure to ozone (O(3)) paradoxically resolve during multiday exposure. This adaptation is characteristically accompanied by a gradual attenuation of lung neutrophilia. As maintenance of neutrophilia at the site of inflammation is due to cytokine-mediated delayed neutrophil apoptosis, which is associated with reduced levels of Bax, a proapoptotic protein, we sought to determine whether defects in these mechanisms could account for O(3) adaptation. Lung granulocytes obtained at different time points from calves exposed to 0.75 ppm O(3) for 12 h/d for 7 consecutive days neither showed enhancement of survival nor Bax deficiency, when compared to blood granulocytes. To further investigate the effects of an exogenous oxidative stress on neutrophil survival, human granulocytes were treated with hydrogen peroxide alone, or in combination with granulocyte/macrophage colony-stimulating factor, an antiapoptotic cytokine. Both treatments led to rapid apoptosis associated with downregulation of Bcl-x(L) and Bcl-2, two antiapoptotic proteins. This study shows that O(3) adaptation is associated with a failure in the mechanisms leading to accumulation of neutrophils at the site of inflammation, and suggests that this defect is due to direct proapoptotic effects of exogenous oxidative stress on granulocytes [less ▲]

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See detailInhibition of the Nf-Kappa B Transcription Factor Increases Bax Expression in Cancer Cell Lines
Bentires-Alj, M.; Dejardin, Emmanuel ULg; Viatour, Patrick ULg et al

in Oncogene (2001), 20(22), 2805-13

The NF-kappa B transcription factor has been shown to inhibit apoptosis in several experimental systems. We therefore investigated whether the expression of the Bax proapoptotic protein could be ... [more ▼]

The NF-kappa B transcription factor has been shown to inhibit apoptosis in several experimental systems. We therefore investigated whether the expression of the Bax proapoptotic protein could be influenced by NF-kappa B activity. Increased Bax protein expression was detected in HCT116, OVCAR-3 and MCF7 cells stably expressing a mutated unresponsive I kappa B-alpha inhibitory protein that blocks NF-kappa B activity. Northern blots showed that bax mRNA expression was increased as a consequence of mutated I kappa B-alpha expression in HCT116 cells. A careful examination of the human bax gene promoter sequence showed three putative binding sites for NF-kappa B, and the kappa B2 site at position -687 could indeed bind NF-kappa B complexes in vitro. Transient transfection of a bax promoter luciferase construct in HCT116 cells showed that NF-kappa B proteins could partially inhibit the transactivation of the bax promoter by p53. Mutations or deletions of the kappa B sites, including kappa B2, indicated that this NF-kappa B-dependent inhibitory effect did not require NF-kappa B DNA-binding, and was thus an indirect effect. However, cotransfection of expression vectors for several known cofactors failed to identify a competition between p53 and NF-kappa B for a transcription coactivator. Our findings thus demonstrate for the first time that NF-kappa B regulates, through an indirect pathway, the bax gene expression. [less ▲]

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See detailRat Gap Junction Connexin-30 Inhibits Proliferation of Glioma Cell Lines
Princen, Frederic; Robe, Pierre ULg; Gros, D. et al

in Carcinogenesis (2001), 22(3), 507-13

Connexins, the structural components of gap junctions, control cell growth and differentiation and are believed to belong to a family of tumour suppressor genes. Studies on connexin localization in brain ... [more ▼]

Connexins, the structural components of gap junctions, control cell growth and differentiation and are believed to belong to a family of tumour suppressor genes. Studies on connexin localization in brain showed that several of these proteins were expressed in distinct compartments of the brain in a cell-type specific manner, indicating that different gap junctions play specific roles in the physiology of the mammalian brain. In this report, we first cloned rat connexin-30 cDNA from brain and showed that it was expressed in long-term primary culture of rat astrocytes. In order to examine the potential role of connexin-30 in tumour cell proliferation, we transfected the connexin-30 cDNA into two rat glioma cell lines (9L and C6) which have lost its expression. Transfected clones adequately expressed membrane-bound connexin-30 protein. Connexin-30-expressing clones showed slower growth, lower DNA synthesis and reduced proliferation in soft agar as compared with the parental and control cells. We concluded that connexin-30 may also probably be considered as a tumour suppressor in rat gliomas. [less ▲]

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See detailRoles of Nuclear Factor-Kappab, P53, and P21/Waf1 in Daunomycin-Induced Cell Cycle Arrest and Apoptosis
Hellin, A. C.; Bentires-Alj, M.; Verlaet, Myriam ULg et al

in Journal of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics (The) (2000), 295(3), 870-8

Daunomycin is a potent inducer of p53 and NF-kappaB transcription factors. It is also able to increase the amount of the p21 cyclin-dependent kinase inhibitor. The human p21 promoter harbors p53 ... [more ▼]

Daunomycin is a potent inducer of p53 and NF-kappaB transcription factors. It is also able to increase the amount of the p21 cyclin-dependent kinase inhibitor. The human p21 promoter harbors p53-responsive elements and an NF-kappaB binding site. [less ▲]

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See detailNf-Kappab Activation in Response to Toxical and Therapeutical Agents: Role in Inflammation and Cancer Treatment
Bours, Vincent ULg; Bonizzi, Giuseppina; Bentires-Alj, Mohamed et al

in Toxicology (2000), 153(1-3), 27-38

The NF-kappaB transcription factor is ubiquitously expressed and controls the expression of a large number of genes. Experimental data clearly indicate that NF-kappaB is a major regulator of the ... [more ▼]

The NF-kappaB transcription factor is ubiquitously expressed and controls the expression of a large number of genes. Experimental data clearly indicate that NF-kappaB is a major regulator of the inflammatory reaction by controlling the expression of pro-inflammatory molecules in response to cytokines, oxidative stress and infectious agents. We demonstrated that NF-kappaB activation by IL-1beta follows three distinct cell-specific pathways. Moreover, our studies indicated that in one model of inflammatory diseases, horse recurrent airway obstruction (RAO), the extent of NF-kappaB basal activity correlates with pulmonary dysfunction. Another role of NF-kappaB activity protects cancer cells against apoptosis and could participate in the resistance to cancer treatment. However, we did not observe any increased cytotoxicity after treatment with anticancer drugs or TNF-alpha of cells expressing a NF-kappaB inhibitor. Therefore, we can conclude that the inhibition of apoptosis by NF-kappaB is likely to be cell type and stimulus-dependent. Further studies are required to determine whether NF-kappaB could be a target for anticancer treatments. [less ▲]

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See detailMechanisms of Persistent Nf-Kappa B Activity in the Bronchi of an Animal Model of Asthma
Bureau, Fabrice ULg; Delhalle, Sylvie; Bonizzi, Giuseppina et al

in Journal of Immunology (2000), 165(10), 5822-5830

In most cells trans-activating NF-kappaB induces many inflammatory proteins as well as its own inhibitor, IkappaB-alpha, thus assuring a transient response upon stimulation. However, NF-kappaB-dependent ... [more ▼]

In most cells trans-activating NF-kappaB induces many inflammatory proteins as well as its own inhibitor, IkappaB-alpha, thus assuring a transient response upon stimulation. However, NF-kappaB-dependent inflammatory gene expression is persistent in asthmatic bronchi, even after allergen eviction. In the present report we used bronchial brushing samples (BBSs) from heaves-affected horses (a spontaneous model of asthma) to elucidate the mechanisms by which NF-kappaB activity is maintained in asthmatic airways. NF-kappaB activity was high in granulocytic and nongranulocytic BBS cells. However, NF-kappaB activity highly correlated to granulocyte percentage and was only abrogated after granulocytic death in cultured BBSs. Before granulocytic death, NF-kappaB activity was suppressed by simultaneous addition of neutralizing anti-IL-1beta and anti-TNF-alpha Abs to the medium of cultured BBSs. Surprisingly, IkappaB-beta, whose expression is not regulated by NF-kappaB, unlike IkappaB-alpha, was the most prominent NF-kappaB inhibitor found in BBSs. The amounts of IkappaB-beta were low in BBSs obtained from diseased horses, but drastically increased after addition of the neutralizing anti-IL-1beta and anti-TNF-alpha Abs. These results indicate that sustained NF-kappaB activation in asthmatic bronchi is driven by granulocytes and is mediated by IL-1beta and TNF-alpha. Moreover, an imbalance between high levels of IL-1beta- and TNF-alpha-mediated IkappaB-beta degradation and low levels of IkappaB-beta synthesis is likely to be the mechanism preventing NF-kappaB deactivation in asthmatic airways before granulocytic death. [less ▲]

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See detailNuclear Factor-Kappa B, Cancer, and Apoptosis
Bours, Vincent ULg; Bentires-Alj, M.; Hellin, A. C. et al

in Biochemical Pharmacology (2000), 60(8), 1085-9

The role of nuclear factor (NF)-kappa B in the regulation of apoptosis in normal and cancer cells has been extensively studied in recent years. Constitutive NF-kappa B activity in B lymphocytes as well as ... [more ▼]

The role of nuclear factor (NF)-kappa B in the regulation of apoptosis in normal and cancer cells has been extensively studied in recent years. Constitutive NF-kappa B activity in B lymphocytes as well as in Hodgkin's disease and breast cancer cells protects these cells against apoptosis. It has also been reported that NF-kappa B activation by tumor necrosis factor (TNF)-alpha, chemotherapeutic drugs, or ionizing radiations can protect several cell types against apoptosis, suggesting that NF-kappa B could participate in resistance to cancer treatment. These observations were explained by the regulation of antiapoptotic gene expression by NF-kappa B. However, in our experience, inhibition of NF-kappa B activity in several cancer cell lines has a very variable effect on cell mortality, depending on the cell type, the stimulus, and the level of NF-kappa B inhibition. Moreover, in some experimental systems, NF-kappa B activation is required for the onset of apoptosis. Therefore, it is likely that the NF-kappa B antiapoptotic role in response to chemotherapy is cell type- and signal-dependent and that the level of NF-kappa B inhibition is important. These issues will have to be carefully investigated before considering NF-kappa B as a target for genetic or pharmacological anticancer therapies. [less ▲]

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See detailAdditive Effect between Nf-Kappab Subunits and P53 Protein for Transcriptional Activation of Human P53 Promoter
Benoit, V.; Hellin, A. C.; Huygen, S. et al

in Oncogene (2000), 19(41), 4787-94

The tumor suppressor p53 plays a pivotal role in the cellular response to DNA damage as it controls DNA repair, cell cycle arrest and apoptosis. We studied the autoregulation of human p53 gene ... [more ▼]

The tumor suppressor p53 plays a pivotal role in the cellular response to DNA damage as it controls DNA repair, cell cycle arrest and apoptosis. We studied the autoregulation of human p53 gene transcription in colon cancer cell lines. Wild-type p53 has been shown to autoregulate its own transcription either positively or negatively and probably in a cell-type-specific manner. Indeed, a p53 binding site has been described in the human and murine p53 promoters, but a direct binding of wild-type p53 protein to this site has never been reported. In this study, we demonstrated a transactivation of human p53 promoter by wild-type p53 in human colon cancer cells. We identified in the human p53 promoter a novel potential p53-responsive element that binds wild-type p53. Moreover, wild-type p53 protein transactivated a reporter plasmid containing a luciferase gene driven by a minimal promoter harboring this p53 binding site. Finally, as the p53 promoter contains an NF-kappaB binding site, we demonstrated an additive effect when NF-kappaB subunits and p53 protein combined to transactivate the human p53 promoter. [less ▲]

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See detailGrowth Regulation of Astrocytes and C6 Cells by Tgfbeta1: Correlation with Gap Junctions
Robe, Pierre ULg; Rogister, Bernard ULg; Merville, Marie-Paule ULg et al

in Neuroreport (2000), 11(13), 2837-41

Transforming growth factor (TGF) beta1 enhanced in vitro [3H]thymidine incorporation into C6 cells and reduced that of astrocytes in the presence of a high serum concentration. It concomitantly raised the ... [more ▼]

Transforming growth factor (TGF) beta1 enhanced in vitro [3H]thymidine incorporation into C6 cells and reduced that of astrocytes in the presence of a high serum concentration. It concomitantly raised the gap junction intercellular communication (GJIC) in normal astrocytes but reduced the coupling of C6 cells, and respectively increased or decreased the proportion of P2-phosphorylated connexin (Cx) 43 isoform in these cells. Finally, octanol, which inhibited GJIC in both cell types, increased the thymidine incorporation in C6 cells, but neither altered the proliferation of astrocytes nor their response to TGFbeta1. These data indicate that an inhibition of gap junction intercellular communication, due to an altered phosphorylation of connexin 43, may contribute to the proliferative response of C6 glioblastoma cells to TGFbeta1. [less ▲]

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See detailCombined Suicide and Cytokine Gene Therapy for Peritoneal Carcinomatosis
Lechanteur, Chantal ULg; Delvenne, Philippe ULg; Princen, Frédéric et al

in Gut (2000), 47(3), 343-8

BACKGROUND: Gene therapy is a novel approach for the treatment of cancers, and tumours disseminated in the peritoneal cavity are suitable for in situ delivery of a therapeutic gene. AIMS: The efficacy of ... [more ▼]

BACKGROUND: Gene therapy is a novel approach for the treatment of cancers, and tumours disseminated in the peritoneal cavity are suitable for in situ delivery of a therapeutic gene. AIMS: The efficacy of a therapy combining a suicide gene (herpes simplex virus type I thymidine kinase (HSV-TK)) and cytokine genes was investigated in a model of peritoneal carcinomatosis induced by colon carcinoma cells in syngeneic rats. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Pre-established macroscopic tumours in BDIX rats were treated by intraperitoneal injections of retrovirus producing cells (FLYA13 TK, FLYA13 granulocyte macrophage-colony stimulating factor (GM-CSF), FLYA13 interleukin 12 (IL-12)) and ganciclovir (GCV). RESULTS: TK/GCV treated animals showed a slight increase in survival time (72 days) compared with the control group (63 days) while the association of cytokine and TK/GCV gene therapy resulted in significantly improved survival, with a large proportion of animals remaining tumour free on day 480 (60% and 40% for TK/GCV/GM-CSF and TK/GCV/IL-12 treated animals, respectively). Histological analysis of treated animals showed that the remaining tumour nodes were infiltrated by mononuclear cells but no major differences were observed between the various treatments. Immunohistochemical analysis revealed that lymphoid CD4(+) and CD8(+) T cells as well as macrophages accumulated outside untreated tumour nodes while CD8(+) and CD25(+) activated T cells and macrophages heavily infiltrated the tumours after the different treatments. CONCLUSIONS: Our data indicate that combined suicide and cytokine gene therapy is a powerful approach for the treatment of macroscopic peritoneal carcinomatosis. [less ▲]

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See detailPharmacological Modulation of the Bystander Effect in the Herpes Simplex Virus Thymidine Kinase/Ganciclovir Gene Therapy System: Effects of Dibutyryl Adenosine 3',5'-Cyclic Monophosphate, Alpha-Glycyrrhetinic Acid, and Cytosine Arabinoside
Robe, Pierre ULg; Princen, Frédéric; Martin, Didier ULg et al

in Biochemical Pharmacology (2000), 60(2), 241-9

The herpes simplex virus type 1 thymidine kinase (HSV1-tk) suicide gene/ganciclovir system was first applied to the treatment of glioblastoma tumors, but was hampered by the low gene transfection yield ... [more ▼]

The herpes simplex virus type 1 thymidine kinase (HSV1-tk) suicide gene/ganciclovir system was first applied to the treatment of glioblastoma tumors, but was hampered by the low gene transfection yield. Fortunately, the gap junction-dependent diffusion of phosphorylated ganciclovir metabolites from transfected cells to their neighbors proved to enhance the overall benefit of this strategy. However, as tumor cells are often gap junction-deficient, we sought to restore this property pharmacologically and hence to improve the efficacy of the treatment. We demonstrated that this approach was feasible in glioblastoma cells using dibutyryl adenosine 3',5'-cyclic monophosphate (cAMP) (100 microM) as a pharmacological inducer of gap junctions. alpha-Glycyrrhetinic acid (25 microM), on the other hand, strongly inhibited both gap junction-mediated intercellular communication and the bystander effect, thus confirming the role of gap junctions in HSV-tk-mediated bystander killing. Using cytosine arabinoside as a growth inhibitor, we underlined the role of tumor cell proliferation in the sensitivity of HSV-tk-transfected cells to ganciclovir and demonstrated its correlation with the importance of the bystander effect. [less ▲]

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