Esophageal Cancer
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World J Gastroenterol. Feb 15, 2002; 8(1): 44-48
Published online Feb 15, 2002. doi: 10.3748/wjg.v8.i1.44
VEGF165 antisense RNA suppresses oncogenic properties of human esophageal squamous cell carcinoma
Zhong-Ping Gu, Yun-Jie Wang, Jin-Ge Li, Yong-An Zhou
Zhong-Ping Gu, Yun-Jie Wang, Yong-An Zhou, Jin-Ge Li, Department of Thoracic Surgery, Department of Infectious Disease, Fourth Military Medical University, Xi’an 710038, Shaanxi Province, China
Author contributions: All authors contributed equally to the work.
Correspondence to: Zhong Ping Gu, Department of Thoracic Surgery, Fourth Military Medical University, Xi’an 710038, Shaanxi Province, China.
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Received: August 9, 2001
Revised: October 10, 2001
Accepted: October 23, 2001
Published online: February 15, 2002

AIM: To investigate the effect of antisense RNA to vascular endothelial growth factor165 (VEGF165) on human esophageal squamous cell carcinoma cell line EC109 and the feasibility of gene therapy for esophageal carcinoma.

METHODS: By using subclone technique, the full length of VEGF165 amino acid cDNA, which was cut from pGEM-3Zf(+), was cloned inversely into the eukaryotic expression vector pCEP4.The recombinant plasmid pCEP-AVEGF165 was transfected into EC109 cell with lipofectamine. After a stable transfection, dot blot, enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA), laser confocal imaging system analysis, transmission electron microscopy and flow cytometry were performed to determine the biological characteristics of EC109 cell line before and after transfection in vitro and whether there was a reversion in the tumorigenic properties of the EC109 cell in vivo.

RESULTS: The eukaryotic expression vector pCEP-AVEGF165 was successfully constructed and transfected into EC109 cells. The expression of VEGF165 was significantly decreased in the transfected cells while the biological characteristics of the cells were not influenced by the expression of antisense gene. The tumorigenic and angiogenic capabilities were greatly reduced in nude mice, as demonstrated by reduced tumor end volume (820 ± 112.5) mm3vs (7930 ± 1035) mm3 and (7850 ± 950) mm3,P£¼0.01£½ and microvessel density(8.5 ± 1.2) mm-2vs (44.3 ± 9.4) mm-2 and (46.4 ± 12.6) mm-2,P < 0.01) in comparison between experimental groups empty vector transfected group and control group.

CONCLUSION: The angiogenesis and tumorigenicity of human esophageal squamous cell carcinoma were effectively inhibited by VEGF165 antisense RNA. Antisense RNA to VEGF165 can potentially be used as an adjuvant therapy for solid tumors.

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