Gene silencing of BAG-1 modulates apoptotic genes and sensitizes lung cancer cell lines to cisplatin-induced apoptosis

Hongyu Liu, Yonggang Liang, Ying Li, Yongwen Li, Jing Wang, Heng Wu, Yuli Wang, Shou Ching Tang, Jun Chen, Qinghua Zhou

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BAG-1 is a multifunctional protein that interacts with a wide range of target molecules to regulate apoptosis. However, the exact mechanism by which BAG-1 inhibits apoptosis is unknown. In the current study, we comprehensively investigate BAG-1 mediated changes in gene expression by comparing the gene expression profile after BAG-1 siRNA silencing in the human lung adenocarcinoma cell line A549. Microarray assay revealed that expression of 589 genes was altered, including 177 upregulated and 412 downregulated genes. Real-time PCR assay of the changes in gene expression indicated a concordance of 86.48% (64/74) with that observed by microarray. The upregulated genes included EGFR, Jun, HSPA 1A and CASP 7; while the downregulated genes included Lyn, HRAS and TGFa. Furthermore, we confirmed by western blot that the expression of EGFR, Jun and HSPA 1A were significantly increased, while expression of Lyn and HRAS were dramatically decreased after BAG-1 gene silencing. After transfection with BAG-1 siRNA, lung cancer cell lines A549 and L9981 exhibited significantly enhanced sensitivity to cisplatin-induced apoptosis. Thus, silencing of the BAG-1 gene resulted in changes in expression of apoptosis-related genes and sensitized A549 and L9981 cells to cisplatin-induced apoptosis.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)832-840
Number of pages9
JournalCancer Biology and Therapy
Issue number10
StatePublished - May 15 2010


  • Apoptosis
  • BAG-1
  • Lung cancer
  • siRNA

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cancer Research
  • Oncology
  • Molecular Medicine
  • Pharmacology
  • Medicine(all)


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