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Volume 12, Issue 5 (September 2010) 12, 709–717; 10.1038/aja.2010.39

Downregulation of the nucleosome-binding protein 1 (NSBP1) gene can inhibit the in vitro and in vivo proliferation of prostate cancer cells

Ning Jiang1,2,3, Li-Qun Zhou1,2,3, Xiao-Yu Zhang1,2,3

1 Department of Urology, Peking University First Hospital, Beijing 100034, China
2 The Institute of Urology, Peking University, Beijing 100034, China
3 National Urological Cancer Center, Beijing 100034, China

Correspondence: Prof. Li-Qun Zhou,zhoulqmail@china.com

Received 6 February 2010; Revised 21 March 2010; Accepted 29 March 2010; Published online 7 June 2010.


This studay is to construct a lentiviral vector harbouring an RNA interference (RNAi) sequence that targets the gene encoding the human high-mobility group nucleosomal binding protein 1 (NSBP1); to study its role in inducing G2/M phase arrest and apoptosis in prostate cancer (PCa) DU145 cells; and to assess the effect of its knockdown on cell proliferation in vitro and in vivo. RNAi was applied to knock down NSBP1 expression in the PCa cell line DU145 by lentiviral plasmids producing an NSBP1 small hairpin RNA. After NSBP1 knockdown in DU145 cells, the growth rate of cells was analyzed by MTT, and G2/M cell cycle arrest and apoptosis were assessed using a FACScalibur flow cytometer. Tumour growth was assessed in nude mice. The mRNA and protein expression levels of NSBP1, cyclin B1 and Bcl-2 were analysed in vitro and in vivo by reverse-transcriptase polymerase chain reaction and Western blotting. Knockdown of NSBP1 resulted in a 22.6% decrease in the growth rate of cells compared with the PscNC lentivirus control cells at 96 h, decreased tumour growth in nude mice, and the induction of G2/M cell cycle arrest (8.78%) and apoptosis (2.19-fold). Consistent with the cell cycle arrest and apoptosis, the mRNA and protein expression levels of cyclin B1 and Bcl-2 were decreased. In conclusion, knockdown of NSBP1 causes a statistically significant inhibition of the in vitro and in vivo growth of the PCa cell line DU145. Growth suppression is at least partially due to NSBP1 knockdown-induced G2/M cell cycle arrest and apoptosis. The present data provide the evidence that the NSBP1 knockdown-induced G2/M phase arrest and apoptosis may result from negative regulation of cyclin B1 and Bcl-2 by NSBP1, with the resulting reduced expression of these proteins.


apoptosis; NSBP1; proliferation; prostate cancer; RNA interference

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