Published online Oct 15, 2004. doi: 10.3748/wjg.v10.i20.2927
Revised: November 22, 2003
Accepted: December 8, 2003
Published online: October 15, 2004
AIM: Recombined plasmid pETNF-P16 was constructed to investigate its expression properties in esophageal squamous carcinoma cell line EC9706 induced by X-ray irradiation and the feasibility of gene-radiotherapy for esophageal carcinoma.
METHODS: Recombined plasmid pETNF-P16 was constructed and transfected into EC9706 cells with lipofectamine. ELISA, Western blot, and immunocytochemistry were performed to determine the expression properties of pETNF-P16 in EC9706 after transfection induced by X-ray irradiation.
RESULTS: Eukaryotic expression vector pETNF-P16 was successfully constructed and transfected into EC9706 cells. TNFα expressions were significantly increased in the transfected cells after different doses of X-ray irradiation than in those after 0Gy irradiation (1192.330-2026.518 pg/mL, P < 0.05-0.01), and the TNFα expressions and P16 were significantly higher 6-48 h after 2 Gy X-ray irradiation (358.963-585.571 pg/mL, P < 0.05-0.001). No P16 expression was detected in normal EC9706 cells. However, there was strong expression in the transfected and irradiation groups.
CONCLUSION: X-ray irradiation induction could significantly enhance TNFα and P16 expression in EC9706 cells transfected with pETNF-P16 plasmid. These results may provide important experimental data and therapeutic potential for gene-radiotherapy of esophageal carcinoma.