Research Article

Effects of monomethoxypolyethylene glycol-chitosan nanoparticle-mediated dual silencing of livin and survivin genes in prostate cancer PC-3M cells

Published: April 04, 2016
Genet. Mol. Res. 15(2): gmr7430 DOI: 10.4238/gmr.15027430

Abstract

Monomethoxypolyethylene glycol-chitosan (mPEG-CS) nanoparticles were used as interfering RNA carriers to transfect human prostate cancer PC-3M cells to evaluate the effects of livin and survivin gene silencing on the proliferation and apoptosis. mPEG-CS nanoparticles with sizes of approximately 60 nm were first synthesized by ionic crosslinking. Through electrostatic adsorption, mPEG-CS-livin short hairpin RNA (shRNA), mPEG-CS-survivin shRNA, and mPEG-CS-(livin shRNA + survivin shRNA) nanoparticles were then prepared to transfect PC-3M cells. The mRNA and protein expression levels of livin and survivin were measured by reverse transcription-PCR and western blotting, respectively. The inhibitory effects of down-regulated livin and survivin gene expression on the cell proliferation were evaluated by MTT assay. Cell apoptosis was assessed visually using Hoechst staining. Livin and survivin expression levels in all shRNA interference groups were effectively down-regulated at both the mRNA and protein levels. Dual silencing of livin and survivin genes markedly inhibited cell proliferation and facilitated apoptosis, with better outcomes than those of individual shRNA treatments. mPEG-CS nanoparticle-mediated dual shRNA interference of livin and survivin genes significantly reduced the expression levels in PC-3M cells, inhibited proliferation, and promoted apoptosis. As these effects were superior to single interference, this method may have synergistic effects.

Monomethoxypolyethylene glycol-chitosan (mPEG-CS) nanoparticles were used as interfering RNA carriers to transfect human prostate cancer PC-3M cells to evaluate the effects of livin and survivin gene silencing on the proliferation and apoptosis. mPEG-CS nanoparticles with sizes of approximately 60 nm were first synthesized by ionic crosslinking. Through electrostatic adsorption, mPEG-CS-livin short hairpin RNA (shRNA), mPEG-CS-survivin shRNA, and mPEG-CS-(livin shRNA + survivin shRNA) nanoparticles were then prepared to transfect PC-3M cells. The mRNA and protein expression levels of livin and survivin were measured by reverse transcription-PCR and western blotting, respectively. The inhibitory effects of down-regulated livin and survivin gene expression on the cell proliferation were evaluated by MTT assay. Cell apoptosis was assessed visually using Hoechst staining. Livin and survivin expression levels in all shRNA interference groups were effectively down-regulated at both the mRNA and protein levels. Dual silencing of livin and survivin genes markedly inhibited cell proliferation and facilitated apoptosis, with better outcomes than those of individual shRNA treatments. mPEG-CS nanoparticle-mediated dual shRNA interference of livin and survivin genes significantly reduced the expression levels in PC-3M cells, inhibited proliferation, and promoted apoptosis. As these effects were superior to single interference, this method may have synergistic effects.