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eISSN: 1643-3750

Transglutaminase 2 Inhibitor KCC009 Induces p53-Independent Radiosensitization in Lung Adenocarcinoma Cells

Sheng Huaying, Yao Dong, Zhu Chihong, Qian Xiaoqian, Wan Danying, Feng Jianguo

Department of Thoracic Oncology, Zhejiang Cancer Hospital, Hangzhou, Zhejiang, China (mainland)

Med Sci Monit 2016; 22:5041-5048

DOI: 10.12659/MSM.901605

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Published: 2016-12-21


BACKGROUND: The expression of transglutaminase 2 (TG2) is correlated to DNA damage repair and apoptosis through the p53 pathway. The present study aimed to investigate the potential radiosensitization effect and possible mechanisms of the TG2 inhibitor KCC009 in lung cancer in vitro.
MATERIAL AND METHODS: A single hit multi-target model was used to plot survival curves and to calculate the sensitizing enhancement ratios in lung cancer wild-type or mutant p53 of H1299 cells. We performed analyses for changes of cell cycling and apoptotic responses of cells; Western blot analysis and real-time SYBR Green PCR assay were used to determine the changes of mRNA/protein expressions; ELISA assay was used for examination of cytochrome c release in cytoplasm.
RESULTS: Our results showed that KCC009 induced radiosensitization in both H1299/WT-p53 and H1299/M175H-p53 cells. KCC009+IR induced G0/G1 arrest in H1299/WT cells and G2/M arrest in H1299/M175H-p53 cells. KCC009+IR also induced apoptosis in both cell lines. In addition, KCC009+IR decreased the TG2 expression, and increased the p53 expression in H1299/WT cells but not in H1299/M175H-p53 cells. KCC009+IR also increased the expression of p21, Bax, p-caspase-3, and decreased Bcl-2 and CyclinD expression in H1299/WT cells. While KCC009+IR induced phosphorylation of caspase-3 and increase Cyt-C level in the cytoplasm of, and decreased CyclinB, Bcl-2 expression in H1299/M175H-p53 cells, we noticed that Cyt-C level in the nucleus decreased in the H1299/WT cells.
CONCLUSIONS: KCC009, a TG2 inhibitor, exhibits potent radiosensitization effects in human lung cancer cells expressing wild-type or mutant p53 with different mechanisms.

Keywords: Gene Expression, Genes, p53, Lung Neoplasms