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Macrophage migration inhibitory factor regulates proliferation of gastric cancer cells via the PI3K/Akt pathway

Author(s): Guo-Qing Li, Juan Xie, Xiao-Yong Lei, Li Zhang

Journal: World Journal of Gastroenterology
ISSN 1007-9327

Volume: 15;
Issue: 44;
Start page: 5541;
Date: 2009;
Original page

Keywords: Macrophage migration inhibitory factor | Gastric cancer | Proliferation | Cell cycle | Cyclin D1 | p27Kip1 | PI3K/Akt

AIM: To investigate the effects of macrophage migration inhibitory factor (MIF) on proliferation of human gastric cancer MGC-803 cells and expression of cyclin D1 and p27Kip1 in them, and further determine whether the effects are related to the PI3K/Akt signal transduction pathway.METHODS: Gastric cancer MGC-803 cells were cultured and then treated with 50 μg/L recombinant human MIF (rhMIF) with and without a PI3K inhibitor, LY294002 (25 μmol/L). MTT assay was used to detect the proliferation of MGC-803 cells. Cell cycle was detected by flow cytometry. Expression of cyclin D1 and p27Kip1 mRNA was by reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction. Protein expression of phosphorylated Akt (p-Akt), Akt, cyclin D1 and p27Kip1 was examined by immunocytochemistry and Western blotting.RESULTS: rhMIF significantly stimulated the proliferation of MGC-803 cells and cell cycle progression from G1 phase to S phase in a concentration- and time-dependent manner. After the MGC-803 cells were treated with rhMIF for 24 h, the expression of cyclin D1 was significantly up-regulated compared with the cells not treated with rhMIF at both mRNA and protein levels (0.97 ± 0.02 vs 0.74 ± 0.01, P = 0.002; 0.98 ± 0.05 vs 0.69 ± 0.04, P = 0.003). The p27Kip1 was down-regulated but only statistically significant at the protein level. rhMIF significantly increased the expression of p-Akt, which reached the peak at 30 min, but did not affect the expression of Akt. However, LY294002 inhibited all the effects of rhMIF.CONCLUSION: Macrophage MIF increases the proliferation of gastric cancer cells, induces the expression of cyclin D1 at the transcriptional level and inhibits the expression of p27Kip1 at the post-transcriptional level via the PI3K/Akt pathway.
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