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G-protein-signaling modulator 2 expression and role in a CD133+ pancreatic cancer stem cell subset

Authors Dang SC, Qian XB, Jin W, Cui L, Chen JX, Gu M

Received 17 September 2018

Accepted for publication 20 December 2018

Published 23 January 2019 Volume 2019:12 Pages 785—794


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Editor who approved publication: Dr XuYu Yang

Sheng-Chun Dang,1 Xiao-Bao Qian,1 Wei Jin,2 Lei Cui,1 Ji-Xiang Chen,1 Min Gu3

1Department of General Surgery, Affiliated Hospital of Jiangsu University, Zhenjiang, Jiangsu 212001, People’s Republic of China; 2Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, ChangShu No. 2 People’s Hospital, Changshu, Jiangsu 215500, People’s Republic of China; 3Department of Oncology, Zhenjiang Hospital of Traditional Chinese and Western Medicine, Zhenjiang, Jiangsu 212001, People’s Republic of China

Background: To investigate the expression and role of G-protein-signaling modulator 2 (GPSM2) in a CD133+ pancreatic stem cell subset.
Materials and methods: Pancreatic cancer stem cells (PCSCs) from the cell line PANC-1 were sorted into CD133+ and CD133- subsets by flow cytometry. The tumorigenic potential of the subsets was assessed by subcutaneous tumor formation experiments in nude mice. Differential expression of GPSM2 was examined by real-time quantitative-PCR (qPCR) and Western blotting. To silence GPSM2 expression, a shRNA lentiviral vector targeting GPSM2 was constructed and stably transfected into CD133+ PCSCs. The inhibitory efficiency of the GPSM2 gene was verified by qPCR and Western blotting. The proliferation, colony formation, and migration abilities of the transfected CD133+ pancreatic cancer cells were assessed by MTT, soft agar colony formation, and Transwell assays.
Results: CD133+ and CD133- cell subsets were successfully isolated from PANC-1 cells. The CD133+ subset subcutaneously formed tumors in nude mice that were significantly bigger (343.05±57.59 mm3 vs 176.86±32.58 mm3, P<0.01) and denser (4.13±0.37 g vs 1.07±0.21 g, P<0.01) than those of the CD133- group. The GPSM2 mRNA and protein expression was significantly higher in CD133+ cells than in CD133- cells. Stable downregulation of GPSM2 expression reduced the proliferation, colony formation, and migration abilities of CD133+ PANC-1 cells (P<0.05).
Conclusion: The CD133+PANC-1 cells have obvious stem cell characteristics and increased GPSM2 expression. Downregulation of GPSM2 significantly reduces the proliferation and migration ability of the cells. Therefore, GPSM2 may provide an important target for regulating PCSCs.

Keywords: neoplastic stem cells, GPSM2 protein, human, lentivirus, flow cytometry, CD133 antigen, cell proliferation, migration

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