Secreted amphiregulin promotes vincristine resistance in oral squamous cell carcinoma

  • Authors:
    • Ming‑Ju Hsieh
    • Yin‑Hong Chen
    • I‑Neng Lee
    • Cheng Huang
    • Yu‑Ju Ku
    • Jui‑Chieh Chen
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  • Published online on: August 30, 2019     https://doi.org/10.3892/ijo.2019.4866
  • Pages: 949-959
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Abstract

Oral squamous cell carcinoma (OSCC) is the most common type of oral cancer. Despite advances in surgery, radiotherapy and chemotherapy, the overall 5‑year survival rate of patients with OSCC has not significantly improved. In addition, the prognosis of patients with advanced‑stage OSCC remains poor. Therefore, it is necessary to develop novel therapeutic modalities. Vincristine (VCR), a naturally occurring vinca alkaloid, is a classical microtubule‑destabilizing agent and is widely used in the treatment of a number of cancers. Despite the proven antitumor benefits of VCR treatment, one of the major reasons for the failure of treatment is drug resistance. Changes in the tumor microenvironment are responsible for cross‑talk between cells, which may facilitate drug resistance in cancers; secreted proteins may promote communication between cancer cells to induce the development of resistance. To identify the secreted proteins involved in VCR resistance, conditioned media was obtained, and an antibody array was conducted to screen a comprehensive secretion profile between VCR‑resistant (SAS‑VCR) and parental (SAS) OSCC cell lines. The results showed that amphiregulin (AREG) was highly expressed and secreted in SAS‑VCR cells. Pretreatment with exogenous recombinant AREG markedly increased drug resistance against VCR in OSCC cells, as assessed by an MTT assay. Colony formation, MTT and western blot assays were performed to investigate the effects of AREG knockdown on VCR sensitivity. The results indicated that AREG expression can regulate VCR resistance in OSCC cells; overexpression of AREG increased VCR resistance in parental cells, whereas AREG knockdown decreased the VCR resistance of resistant cells. In addition, it was also demonstrated that the glycogen synthase kinase‑3β pathway may be involved in AREG‑induced VCR resistance. These findings may provide rationale to combine VCR with blockade of AREG‑related pathways for the effective treatment of OSCC.

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Hsieh, M., Chen, Y., Lee, I., Huang, C., Ku, Y., & Chen, J. (2019). Secreted amphiregulin promotes vincristine resistance in oral squamous cell carcinoma. International Journal of Oncology, 55, 949-959. https://doi.org/10.3892/ijo.2019.4866
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Hsieh, M., Chen, Y., Lee, I., Huang, C., Ku, Y., Chen, J."Secreted amphiregulin promotes vincristine resistance in oral squamous cell carcinoma". International Journal of Oncology 55.4 (2019): 949-959.
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Hsieh, M., Chen, Y., Lee, I., Huang, C., Ku, Y., Chen, J."Secreted amphiregulin promotes vincristine resistance in oral squamous cell carcinoma". International Journal of Oncology 55, no. 4 (2019): 949-959. https://doi.org/10.3892/ijo.2019.4866