Dec 31, 2019

Epigenetic Regulation of RIP3 Suppresses Necroptosis and Increases Resistance to Chemotherapy in NonSmall Cell Lung Cancer

Translational Oncology
Qiong WangYong Lin


The efficacy of chemotherapeutic agents in killing cancer cells is mainly attributed to the induction of apoptosis. However, the tremendous efforts on enhancing apoptosis-related mechanisms have only moderately improved lung cancer chemotherapy, suggesting that other cell death mechanisms such as necroptosis could be involved. In this study, we investigated the role of the necroptosis pathway in the responsiveness of nonsmall cell lung cancer (NSCLC) to chemotherapy. In vitro cell culture and in vivo xenograft tumor therapy models and clinical sample studies are combined in studying the role of necroptosis in chemotherapy and mechanism of necroptosis suppression involving RIP3 expression regulation. While chemotherapeutic drugs were able to induce necroptotic cell death, this pathway was suppressed in lung cancer cells at least partly through downregulation of RIP3 expression. Ectopic RIP3 expression significantly sensitized lung cancer cells to the cytotoxicity of anticancer drugs such as cisplatin, etoposide, vincristine, and adriamycin. In addition, RIP3 suppression was associated with RIP3 promoter methylation, and demethylation partly restored RIP3 expression and increased chemotherapeutic-induced necroptotic cell death. I...Continue Reading

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Signal Pathways
Regulation of Gene Expression, Epigenetic
Cell Death
Ectopic (Qualifier Value)
RIPK3 protein, human
Protein Expression
Non-Small Cell Lung Carcinoma

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