The anti-tumour activity of rLj-RGD4, an RGD toxin protein from Lampetra japonica, on human laryngeal squamous carcinoma Hep-2 cells in nude mice.

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PubMedID: 26549486

Shao F, Lv M, Zheng Y, Jiang J, Wang Y, Lv L, Wang J. The anti-tumour activity of rLj-RGD4, an RGD toxin protein from Lampetra japonica, on human laryngeal squamous carcinoma Hep-2 cells in nude mice. Biochimie. 2015;.
PURPOSE
The objective of this study is to investigate the antiproliferative activity and mechanism of integrin-binding rLj-RGD4 in a Hep-2 human laryngeal carcinoma-bearing nude mouse model.

METHODS
Human laryngeal squamous carcinoma cells (Hep-2) were inoculated subcutaneously into the axilla of nude mice to generate a Hep-2 human laryngeal carcinoma-bearing nude mouse model. When the Hep-2 xenograft model was successfully established, the animals were randomly separated into five groups. Three groups were treated with different dosages of rLj-RGD4. Cisplatin was administered to the positive control group, and normal saline (NaCl) was administered to the negative control group for 3 weeks. The body weights and the survival of the nude mice were evaluated, and the volumes and weights of the solid tumours were measured. The mechanism underlying rLj-RGD4 inhibition of tumour growth in transplanted Hep-2 human laryngeal carcinoma-bearing nude mice was evaluated by haematoxylin-eosin (HE) staining, terminal deoxynucleotidyl transferase-mediated dUTP-biotin nick end labelling (TUNEL), measurement of intratumoural microvessel density (MVD), Western blotting, and quantitative reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (qRT-PCR).

RESULTS
The tumour volumes and weights of the treatment groups were reduced compared with the model group, and survival times were improved by rLj-RGD4 treatment in Hep-2 human laryngeal carcinoma-bearing nude mice. The number of apoptotic Hep-2 human cells and intratumoural MVD significantly decreased after the administration of rLj-RGD4. In the xenograft tissue of animals treated with rLj-RGD4, FAK, PI3K, and Akt expression was unaltered, whereas P-FAK, P-PI3K, Bcl-2, P-Akt, and VEGF levels were down-regulated. In addition, activated caspase-3, activated caspase-9, and Bax levels were up-regulated.

CONCLUSION
rLj-RGD4 exhibits potent in vivo activity and inhibits the growth of transplanted Hep-2 human laryngeal carcinoma cells in a nude mouse model. Thus, these results indicate that the recombinant RGD toxin protein rLj-RGD4 may serve as a potent clinical therapy for human laryngeal squamous carcinoma.