The molecular mechanisms of XBP-1 gene silencing on IRE1α-TRAF2-ASK1-JNK pathways in oral squamous cell carcinoma under endoplasmic reticulum stress

Haiying Chen, Hongli Yang, Li Pan, Weihua Wang, Xianbin Liu, Xiaoyan Ren, Yihua Liu, Wei Liu, Yingxin Zhang, Licheng Jiang, Keyi Li, Bin Zhang, Le xin Wang

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Abstract

Background: Proteasome inhibitor Carbobenzoxy-Leu-Leu-leucinal (MG132) induces the unfolded protein response (UPR) in oral squamous cell carcinoma (OSCC). X-box binding protein 1 (XBP1) is a key UPR component that regulates endoplasmic reticulum stress (ER) homeostasis. This study was aimed to investigate the activation of IRE1α-TRAF2-ASK1-JNK pathway by silencing the XBP1 expression in an OSCC cell line. Methods: The XBP1 specific short hairpin RNA (shRNA) plasmid vector was constructed and then transfected into the Tca-8113 cells. The effect of XBP-1 gene silencing on IRE1α-TRAF2-ASK1-JNK pathway under MG132 induced endoplasmic reticulum stress in Tca-8113 were investigated by real-time RT-PCR or western blot. Cell apoptosis was detected by flow cytometry. Results: XBP1 expression was reduced in transfected groups and MG132 groups. shRNA-XBP1 induces IRE1α-TRAF2-ASK1 signaling activation to activate pro-apoptotic ASK1-JNK signaling. Moreover, combined shRNA-XBP1 with MG132 further enhanced downregulated XBP1 expression and upregulated activation of ASK1-JNK signaling. Conclusions: Silencing XBP1 expression under MG132 induced ER stress block the XBP1 survival pathway and synergism with MG132 to promote Tca8113 cell apoptosis. These findings provide a therapeutic option in oral squamous cell carcinoma by inhibition of proteasome and XBP1 splicing.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)108-113
Number of pages6
JournalBiomedicine and Pharmacotherapy
Volume77
Issue numberFeb 2016
Early online date2015
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 01 Feb 2016

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