CD133, putative cancer stem cell marker, deemed to aid chemoresistance. However, this claim has been challenged recently and we previously reported that patients with CD133+ colon cancer have benefit from 5-fluorouracil (5-FU) chemotherapy incontrast to no benefit in patients with CD133- cancer. To elucidate the role of CD133 expression in chemoresistance, we silenced the CD133 expression in a colon cancer cell line and determined its effect on the biological characteristics downstream. We comparatively analyzed the sequential changes of MDR1, ABCG2, AKT1 and survivin expression and the result of proliferation assay (WST-1 assay) with 5-FU treatment in CD133+ and siRNA-induced CD133- cells, derived from Caco-2 colon cancer cell line. 5-FU treatment induced significantly increase of the mRNA expression of MDR1, ABCG2 and AKT1genes, but not protein level. CD133 had little to no effect on the mRNA and protein expression of these genes. However, survivin expression at mRNA and protein level were significantly increased in CD133+ cells compared with siRNA-induced CD133-cells and Mock (not sorted CD133+ cells) at 96 h after siRNA transfection. The cytotoxicity assay demonstrated notable increase of chemoresistance to 5-FU treatment (10 μM) in CD133+ cells at 96 h after siRNA transfection. From this study, we conclude that CD133+ cells may have chemoresistance to 5-FU through the mechanism which is related with survivin expression, instead of MDR1, ABCG2 and AKT1 expression. Therefore a survivin inhibitor can be a new target for effective treatment of CD133+ colon cancer.
|Number of pages||6|
|Journal||Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications|
|Publication status||Published - 2015 Jun 14|
Bibliographical noteFunding Information:
This work was supported by a research grant from Yonsei University, Wonju College of Medicine ( YUWCM-2013-22 ) and Korea Science and Engineering Foundation (KOSEF) grant funded by the Korean government (MEST) (grant code: 2013-51-5307 ).
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Molecular Biology
- Cell Biology