Involvement of the PLCε/PKCα pathway in human BIU-87 bladder cancer cell proliferation


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PLCε (phospholipase Cε), one of effectors belonging to the small GTPase superfamily, has been suggested to play a crucial role in carcinogenesis. However, its bio-function in bladder cancer has never been demonstrated. In our previous study, we found that PLCε mRNA was highly expressed in bladder cancer tissues. In the present study, we silenced the PLCε gene by shRNA (small-hairpin RNA) in the bladder cancer cell line BIU-87. The results showed that it significantly inhibited cell proliferation and arrested the cell cycle at G0/G1-phase. The regulation of cell characteristics has been related to PKCα (protein kinase Cα) activity. Further study showed that knockdown of the PLCε gene down-regulated oncogenes c-fos and c-jun. These results indicate that PLCε plays a crucial role in bladder cancer, and PLCε may be a key molecule regulating the signal pathway of bladder cancer proliferation.