J Cancer 2016; 7(6):746-757. doi:10.7150/jca.13289

Research Paper

Silencing of hERG1 Gene Inhibits Proliferation and Invasion, and Induces Apoptosis in Human Osteosarcoma Cells by Targeting the NF-κB Pathway

Wenrong Zeng1*, Qingjun Liu1*, Zhida Chen1, Xinyu Wu2, Yuanfu Zhong3, Jin Wu1✉

1. Department of Orthopaedics, the Affiliated Southeast Hospital of Xiamen University, Orthopaedic Center of People's Liberation Army, Zhangzhou, 363000, People's Republic of China.
2. Department of Neurology, the Affiliated Southeast Hospital of Xiamen University, Zhangzhou, 363000, People's Republic of China.
3. Department of central laboratory, the Affiliated Southeast Hospital of Xiamen University, Zhangzhou, 363000, People's Republic of China.
*Wenrong Zeng and Qingjun Liu contributed equally to this work.

Abstract

Recently, the human ether à go-go (eag) related gene 1 (hERG1) channel, a member of the voltage-dependent potassium channel (Kv) family, was determined to have a critical role in cancer cell proliferation, invasion, tumorigenesis and apoptosis. However, the expression levels and functions of hERG1 in osteosarcoma cells remain poorly characterized. In this study, hERG1 transcript and protein levels in osteosarcoma cells and tissues were measured using semi-quantitative real time PCR (RT-PCR), Western blot, and immunohistochemistry. The effects of hERG1 knockdown on osteosarcoma cell proliferation, apoptosis and invasion were examined using CCK-8, colony formation, flow cytometry, caspase-3 activity, wound healing and transwell based assays. Furthermore, semi-quantitative RT-PCR, Western blot and a luciferase reporter assay were used to assess the effects of hERG1 inhibition on the nuclear factor-κB (NF-κB) pathway. In addition, the effect of NF-κB p65-siRNA and NF-κB p65 expression on the survival of osteosarcoma cells was investigated. Through this work, a relationship for hERG1 with the NF-κB pathway was identified. Osteosarcoma cells and tissues were found to express high levels of hERG1. Knockdown of hERG1 significantly suppressed cellular proliferation and invasion, and induced apoptosis, while inhibition of hERG1 significantly decreased activation of NF-κB. Overall, hERG1 may stimulate nuclear translocation of p65, thus regulating the NF-κB pathway through the activation of the hERG1/beta1 integrin complex and PI3K/AKT signaling. Taken together, these results demonstrate that hERG1 is necessary for regulation of osteosarcoma cellular proliferation, apoptosis and migration. Furthermore, this regulation by hERG1 is, at least in part, through mediation of the NF-κB pathway.

Keywords: Human ether à go-go related gene 1, Osteosarcoma, Cell proliferation, Apoptosis, Invasion, NF-κB.

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Zeng W, Liu Q, Chen Z, Wu X, Zhong Y, Wu J. Silencing of hERG1 Gene Inhibits Proliferation and Invasion, and Induces Apoptosis in Human Osteosarcoma Cells by Targeting the NF-κB Pathway. J Cancer 2016; 7(6):746-757. doi:10.7150/jca.13289. Available from http://www.jcancer.org/v07p0746.htm