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sTLR4/MD-2 complex inhibits colorectal cancer in vitro and in vivo by targeting LPS

Yan Zou, Fengxian Qin, Jifei Chen, Jie Meng, Liuhua Wei, Chunlin Wu, Qiaoyun Zhang, Dong Wei, Xiang Chen, Hao Wu, Xiaoli Chen and Shengming Dai _

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Oncotarget. 2016; 7:52032-52044. https://doi.org/10.18632/oncotarget.10496

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Yan Zou1,*, Fengxian Qin1,*, Jifei Chen1,*, Jie Meng1, Liuhua Wei1, Chunlin Wu1, Qiaoyun Zhang1, Dong Wei1, Xiang Chen1, Hao Wu1, Xiaoli Chen1, Shengming Dai1

1Medical Science Laboratory, The Fourth Affiliated Hospital of Guangxi Medical University, Liuzhou, Guangxi, 545005, P.R. China

*These authors have contributed equally to this work

Correspondence to:

Shengming Dai, email: [email protected]

Keywords: sTLR4/MD-2 complex, CRC, LPS, pro-inflammatory cytokine, migration cytokine

Received: February 23, 2016    Accepted: June 30, 2016    Published: July 08, 2016


Colorectal cancer (CRC) is aggressive and associated with TLR4-MD-2 signaling. Toll-like receptor 4 (TLR4) and myeloid differentiation protein 2 (MD-2) were highly expressed in human CRC. The soluble form of extracellular TLR4 domain (sTLR4) and MD-2 may have important roles in binding lipopolysaccharide (LPS). In this study, sTLR4 and MD-2 protein and prepared sTLR4/MD-2 complex were synthesized successfully to restrain LPS-TLR4/MD-2 activation by competing with cellular membrane TLR4 for binding LPS. The sTLR4/MD-2 complex can significantly attenuate LPS induced pro-inflammatory and migration cytokine production in vitro and in vivo, and inhibit the effect of LPS on the cell cycle, migration and invasion of human CRC cells in vitro. Administration of sTLR4/MD-2 complex protected mice from tumor both in xenograft and implantation metastasis model. The sTLR4/MD-2 complex treated mice had smaller tumor, less body weight loss and lower expression of inflammatory cytokines. Here, the azoxymethane/dextran sulfate sodium salt (AOM/DSS) murine model was used as an experimental platform to simulate the physiological and pathological processes of cancers associated with chronic intestinal inflammation. AOM/DSS-induced tumors were inhibited in mice treated by sTLR4/MD-2 complex. It is demonstrated in our study that sTLR4/MD-2 complex could inhibit CRC by competing with binding LPS, raising the complex’s possibility of a new prevention agent against CRC.

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