Int J Med Sci 2021; 18(13):2910-2919. doi:10.7150/ijms.57821

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Effect of MT2A on apoptosis and proliferation in HL60 cells

Yu-Qing Pan1,2,3*, Min Niu1,2,3*, Shu-min Liu1,2,3*, Yu-Xia Bao1,2,3, Kai Yang1,2,3, Xiao-Bo Ma1,2,3, Liang He4, Yi-Xun Li1,2,3, Jie-Xian Cao1,2,3, Xi Zhang4✉, Yan Du1,2,3✉

1. Department of Clinical Laboratory, the First Affiliated Hospital of Kunming Medical University, Kunming, Yunnan, P.R. China.
2. Yunnan Key Laboratory of Laboratory Medicine, Kunming, Yunnan, P.R. China.
3. Yunnan Innovation Team of Clinical Laboratory and Diagnosis, the First Affiliated Hospital of Kunming Medical University, Kunming, Yunnan, P.R. China.
4. Department of Clinical Laboratory, Yunnan Cancer Hospital, the Third Affiliated Hospital of Kunming Medical University, Kunming, Yunnan, P.R. China.
* These authors contributed equally to this work.

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Pan YQ, Niu M, Liu Sm, Bao YX, Yang K, Ma XB, He L, Li YX, Cao JX, Zhang X, Du Y. Effect of MT2A on apoptosis and proliferation in HL60 cells. Int J Med Sci 2021; 18(13):2910-2919. doi:10.7150/ijms.57821. Available from https://www.medsci.org/v18p2910.htm

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Abstract

Although accumulating evidence has revealed that metallothioneins (MTs) and its family member MT2A are strongly linked to the risk of various solid tumors, researches on the occurrence and development of acute myeloid leukemia (AML) have rarely been investigated. Here, we constructed a lentiviral vector with MT2A over-expression and the interfering plasmids with MT2A expression inhibition to study the influence of MT2A on the bioactivities of HL60 cells. After cells were infected with a lentiviral vector containing the MT2A gene, both transcription and translation levels of MT2A were significantly increased in the over-expressed group in comparison with control groups. In vitro experiments, all results demonstrated that cell reproductive capacity was inhibited, but cell apoptosis rate was significantly increased. Together, the expression of apoptosis-related protein Bcl2 was remarkably reduced, while a high expression level of Bax protein was detected. Further experiments revealed that up-regulation of MT2A induced cell apoptosis and promoted G2/M phase arrest. The mechanism may be associated with down-regulated p-IκB-α and cyclinD1 expression and up-regulated IκB-α expression in the nuclear factor-kappaB (NF-κB) pathway. On the contrary, MT2A expression was down-regulated by interfering plasmids. We found that cell proliferative potential was notably increased in the interfering group compared with the negative and untreated group. What's more, MT2A may be closely related to AML cell proliferation and function via the NF-κB signal pathway.

Keywords: acute myeloid leukemia, MT2A, apoptosis, proliferation.