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Lentiviral-Mediated Beclin-1 Overexpression Inhibits Cell Proliferation and Induces Autophagy of Human Esophageal Carcinoma Eca109 Cell Xenograft in Nude Mice

[ Vol. 15 , Issue. 1 ]


Junhe Zhang* and Weihua Dong   Pages 70 - 77 ( 8 )


Background: Esophageal carcinoma is one of the common malignant tumors in digestive tract. BECLIN-1 is a key gene that regulates autophagy, and its abnormal expression may be related with many human tumors. However, the mechanism of BECLIN-1 in esophageal carcinoma remains unknown.

Objective: In this study, we explored the effect of BECLIN-1 overexpression on tumor growth in mice with esophageal carcinoma and its mechanism.

Methods: Recombined lentiviral vector containing BECLIN-1 was used to transfect human esophageal carcinoma Eca109 cells and establish stable cell line. qRT-PCR was used to detect BECLIN-1 mRNA level in the transfected Eca109 cells, CCK-8 assay was used to detect cell proliferation. Beclin-1, P62 and LC3-II protein expression levels in Eca109 cells were detected using Western blot analysis. Subcutaneous xenograft nude mice model of human esophageal carcinoma was established, and the tumor growths in Beclin-1 group, control group and empty vector group were monitored. Beclin-1 protein expression in vivo was detected by immunohistochemistry.

Results: Beclin-1 mRNA and protein were overexpressed in Eca109 cells. Compared with empty vector group, the growth rate of cells transfected with BECLIN-1 decreased significantly. Compared with the control group and empty vector group, the expression level of P62 protein in beclin-1 group was significantly decreased, while the expression level of LC3-II protein was significantly increased. The tumor growth rate in nude mice of Beclin-1 group was significantly lower than that of the control group and empty vector group, and Beclin-1 protein was mainly expressed in Beclin-1 group in vivo.

Conclusion: BECLIN-1 can induce autophagy in esophageal carcinoma Eca109 cells, and it can significantly inhibit the growth of esophageal carcinoma.


Autophagy, Beclin-1, esophageal carcinoma, lentiviral vector, proliferation, tumor growth.


Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Xinxiang Medical University, Xinxiang 453003, Henan, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Xinxiang Medical University, Xinxiang 453003, Henan

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