Journal Article

Overexpression of tumour suppressor retinoblastoma 2 protein (pRb2/p130) in hepatocellular carcinoma

Hung Huynh

in Carcinogenesis

Volume 25, issue 8, pages 1485-1494
Published in print August 2004 | ISSN: 0143-3334
Published online August 2004 | e-ISSN: 1460-2180 | DOI:
Overexpression of tumour suppressor retinoblastoma 2 protein (pRb2/p130) in hepatocellular carcinoma

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Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) is one of the most common malignancies in Southeast Asia. Although inactivation of pRb2/p130 has been reported in a variety of human cancers, its function in HCC has not been established. In this study we report that loss of expression of pRb2/p130 was detected by immunohistochemistry and western blotting in 15.2% (7 of 46) HCCs examined. High levels of pRb2/p130 expression were found in 84.8% (39 of 46) HCCs studied. Western blot analysis revealed that HCC had 3.5-fold higher pRb2/p130 than adjacent benign liver (ABL) tissues. 71.7% (33 of 46) of HCCs examined exhibited both nuclear and cytoplasmic staining for pRb2/p130. Cytoplasmic staining was found in 93.5% (43 of 46) of ABL tissues. Overproduction of pRb2/p130 in HepG2 cells led to growth suppression, cell cycle arrest in G0/G1, altered cell morphology, inhibition of in vitro colony formation and reduction in tumourigenicity in SCID mice. This demonstration suggests a role of pRb2/p130 as a tumour suppressor protein in HCC and the loss of this protein may lead to the development or progression of HCC. Overexpression of pRb2/p130 in HCC was, therefore, suggested to be a programmed protective response of the organism to uncontrolled proliferation.

Keywords: ABL, adjacent benign liver; FBS, foetal bovine serum; HCC, hepatocellular carcinoma; MEM, modified Eagle's medium; PMSF, phenylmethylsulphonyl fluoride

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Subjects: Clinical Cytogenetics and Molecular Genetics

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