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Title 

Epsilon-globin HBE1 enhances radiotherapy resistance by down-regulating BCL11A in colorectal cancer cells

Authors 

Sang Yoon ParkSeon-Jin LeeHee Jun ChoJong-Tae KimHyang Ran YoonKyung Ho LeeBo Yeon KimY LeeHee Gu Lee

Publisher 

MDPI

Issue Date 

2019

Citation 

Cancers

Keywords 

ER stressHBE1BCL11AJNKradioresistantoxidative stresscell cycle arrest

Abstract 

Resistance to radiotherapy is considered an important obstacle in the treatment of colorectal cancer. However, the mechanisms that enable tumor cells to tolerate the effects of radiation remain unclear. Moreover, radiotherapy causes accumulated mutations in transcription factors, which can lead to changes in gene expression and radiosensitivity. This phenomenon reduces the effectiveness of radiation therapy towards cancer cells. In the present study, radiationresistant (RR) cancer cells were established by sequential radiation exposure, and hemoglobin subunit epsilon 1 (HBE1) was identified as a candidate radiation resistance-associated protein based on RNA-sequencing analysis. Then, compared to radiosensitive (RS) cell lines, the overexpression of HBE1 in RR cell lines was used to measure various forms of radiation-induced cellular damage. Consequently, HBE1-overexpressing cell lines were found to exhibit decreased radiation-induced intracellular reactive oxygen species (ROS) production and cell mortality. Conversely, HBE1 deficiency in RR cell lines increased intracellular ROS production, G2/M arrest, and apoptosis, and decreased clonogenic survival rate. These effects were reversed by the ROS scavenger N-acetyl cysteine. Moreover, HBE1 overexpression was found to attenuate radiation-induced endoplasmic reticulum stress and apoptosis via an inositol-requiring enzyme 1(IRE1)―Jun amino-terminal kinase (JNK) signaling pathway. In addition, increased HBE1 expression induced by γ-irradiation in RS cells attenuated expression of the transcriptional regulator BCL11A, whereas its depletion in RR cells increased BCL11A expression. Collectively, these observations indicate that the expression of HBE1 during radiotherapy might potentiate the survival of radiation-exposed colorectal cancer cells.

URI 

https://doi.org/10.3390/cancers11040498

ISSN 

2072-6694

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1. Journal Articles > Journal Articles

Registered Date

2019-07-10


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