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      The AKT1/NF-kappaB/Notch1/PTEN axis has an important role in chemoresistance of gastric cancer cells

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          The inherent resistance of tumors to DNA damage often limits the efficacy of chemotherapy. The aim of this work is to explore the potential mechanism for development of chemoresistance in gastric cancer. Our data revealed that AKT1 mRNA and protein expression were induced by doxorubicin (a chemotherapeutic agent); the doxorubicin-induced AKT1 expression and activation increased the binding of NF-kappaB on Notch1 DNA promoter and then promoted the Notch1 transcription and expression; enhanced expression of Notch1 further upregulated PTEN expression through CBF-1 binding to PTEN DNA promoter; and inhibition of AKT1 expression and activity sensitized the gastric cancer cell to doxorubicin treatment in cultured gastric cancer cell lines and xenograft nude mice gastric cancer model. Furthermore, our data demonstrated that both Notch1 and PTEN were absent or minimally expressed in gastric cancer tissue but abundant in paired normal gastric mucosa, and the expression of Notch1 correlated with that of PTEN. Together, these novel results suggested that a novel AKT1/NF-kappaB/Notch1/PTEN axis has an important role in the development of chemoresistance in gastric cancer. Notch1 has an anti-cancer role in gastric cancer.

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                Cell Death Dis
                Cell Death Dis
                Cell Death & Disease
                Nature Publishing Group
                October 2013
                10 October 2013
                1 October 2013
                : 4
                : 10
                : e847
                [1 ]Department of Gastroenterology, Renmin Hospital of Wuhan Univeristy , 430060 Wuhan, China
                [2 ]Department of Gastroenterology, The First Hospital of Wuhan , 43000 Wuhan, China
                [3 ]Institute for Gastroenterology and Hepatology, Renmin Hospital of Wuhan Univeristy , 430060 Wuhan, China
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                [* ]Department of Gastroenterology, Renmin Hospital of Wuhan University and Institute for Gastroenterology and Hepatology, Wuhan University , Jiefang Road 238, Wuhan 430060, China. Tel: +86 27 88041911 82135; Fax: +86 27 88042292; E-mail: yhg_rmhwh@

                These authors contributed equally to this work.

                Copyright © 2013 Macmillan Publishers Limited

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                Cell biology

                akt1, nf-kappab, notch-1, pten, gastric cancer


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