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ANXA11 regulates the tumorigenesis, lymph node metastasis and 5-fluorouracil sensitivity of murine hepatocarcinoma Hca-P cells by targeting c-Jun

Shuqing Liu, Chunmei Guo, Jiasheng Wang, Bo Wang, Houbao Qi and Ming-Zhong Sun _

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Oncotarget. 2016; 7:16297-16310. https://doi.org/10.18632/oncotarget.7484

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Shuqing Liu1,*, Chunmei Guo2,*, Jiasheng Wang2,*, Bo Wang3, Houbao Qi2, Ming-Zhong Sun2

1Department of Biochemistry, Dalian Medical University, Dalian 116044, China

2Department of Biotechnology, Dalian Medical University, Dalian 116044, China

3Department of Pathology, Dalian Medical University, Dalian 116044, China

*These authors have contributed equally to this work

Correspondence to:

Ming-Zhong Sun, e-mail: smzlsq@163.com

Keywords: Anxa11, hepatocarcinoma, lymphatic metastasis, chemoresistance, c-Jun

Received: October 20, 2015    Accepted: February 09, 2016    Published: February 18, 2016


Annexin A11 (Anxa11) is associated with various cancers. Using a pair of syngeneic murine hepatocarcinoma cells, Hca-P with ~25% and Hca-F with ~75% lymph node metastatic (LNM) potentials, we demonstrated Anxa11 involvement in hepatocarcinoma lymphatic metastasis. Here, ANXA11 acted as a suppressor for the tumorigenicity, LNM and 5-FU resistance of Hca-P via c-Jun. We constructed monoclonal Hca-P cell line with stable ANXA11 knockdown. Although Bax and Bcl-2 levels increased in shRNA-Anxa11-transfected Hca-P, ANXA11 downregulation showed no clear effect on Hca-P apoptosis. ANXA11 downregulation promoted in vitro migration and invasion capacities of Hca-P. In situ adhesion potential of Hca-P cells toward LN was significantly enhanced following ANXA11 downregulation. Consistently, ANXA11 downregulation promoted the in vivo tumor growth and LNM capacities of Hca-P cells. ANXA11 knockdown enhanced the chemoresistance of Hca-P cells specifically toward 5-FU instead of cisplatin. Its downregulation increased c-Jun (pSer73) and decreased c-Jun (pSer243) levels in Hca-P. c-Jun (pSer243) downregulation seemed to be only correlated with ANXA11 knockdown without the connection to 5-FU treatment. Interestingly, compared with scramble-Hca-P cells, the levels of c-Jun and c-Jun (pSer73) in shRNA-Anxa11-Hca-P cells were upregulated in the presences of 0.1 and 1.0 mg/L 5-FU. The levels changes from c-Jun and c-Jun (pSer73) in Hca-P cells showed a more obvious tendency with the combination of ANXA11 knockdown and 5-FU treatment. ANXA11 level regulates LNM and 5-FU resistance of Hca-P via c-Jun pathway. It might play an important role in hepatocarcinoma cell malignancy and be a therapeutic target for hepatocarcinoma.

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