Upon treatment with 10 μmol/L sorafenib, a decrease ERK phosphorylation in Hep3B-Mock and HCCLM3-vshCryab cells between 2 hours and 24 hours was seen, but the change was not obviously observed in the Hep3B-Cryab and HCCLM3-Mock cells (Fig. 3E). Retrospective data from 33 advanced recurrent HCC patients receiving combined sorafenib treatment and transarterial chemoembolization therapy who had undergone liver resection from 2 to 51 months prior to the combined therapy were analyzed. Patient demographics (Table S6) and OS were recorded. RAD001 Cryab expression was measured in the above 33 HCC tissues (Fig. 3F), and the Kaplan-Meier
survival analysis showed that the OS probability of the Cryabhigh group was much lower than that of Cryablow group. Median OS was 9.0 months in the Cryabhigh group and 14.0 months in the Cryablow group (hazard ratio in Cryabhigh group, 3.001; 95% confidence interval, 1.223-7.364; P < 0.05). Thus, we conclude that a high level of Cryab leads to sorafenib resistance in HCC cells. Signal transduction cascades involve multiple enzymes and are orchestrated by selective protein-protein interactions that are essential for the progression of
intracellular signaling events.25, 26 To determine how Cryab activates the MEK/ERK signal, a combination of co-IP selleck and MS was used to identify the interactome of Cryab in Hep3B-Cryab and HCCLM3-Mock cells expressing high levels of Cryab (Fig. 4A). Using this approach, 200 and 190 proteins were identified as interacting with Cryab in HCCLM3 and Hep3B-Cryab cells, respectively. Of these, 30 and 26 proteins identified in HCCLM3 and Hep3B-Cryab cells, respectively, were found to be related to the MEK/ERK
these signaling by way of WholePathwayScope software (a comprehensive pathway-based analysis tool for high-throughput data27) (Tables S7, S8; Fig. S4). In addition, 10 proteins (CYFIP1, FASN, GSTP1, HSP90, HSPB1, IQGAP1, PCNA, PRKDC, ACTN4, and 14-3-3ζ) overlapped in two different cell lines (Fig. 4B). To determine which proteins relay the signal to activate ERK, we next inhibited the expression of the 10 aforementioned proteins by RNAi in Hep3B-Cryab cells. We determined that a decrease in 14-3-3ζ reduced the phosphorylation of ERK1/2, while a decrease in HSP27 only slightly influenced the phosphorylation of ERK1/2 (Fig. 4C). Furthermore, we found that reduced 14-3-3ζ expression up-regulated the expression of E-cadherin and down-regulated the expression of slug, Fn 1, and vimentin in Hep3B-Cryab and HCCLM3-Mock cells (Fig. 4D,E). Of note, Hep3B-Cryab-si14-3-3ζ and HCCLM3-Mock-si14-3-3ζ presented the typical cobblestone-like appearance of normal epithelial cells in phase-contrast photographs, while Hep3B-Cryab and HCCLM3-Mock cells took on a spindle-like, fibroblastic morphology (Fig. 4F).