Connexin 26 induces growth suppression, apoptosis and increased efficacy of doxorubicin in prostate cancer cells
- Motoyoshi Tanaka
- H. Barton Grossman
Published online on: February 1, 2004
Connexin 26 (Cx26) encodes a gap junction protein and is a putative tumor suppressor gene. We evaluated the effect of forced expression of Cx26 on three human prostate cancer cell lines, PC-3, LNCap, and DU-145. The three cell lines were infected with a Cx26 adenovirus vector (Ad-Cx26) or a control vector or were mock infected. We tested cell growth, cell cycle, apoptosis, and the efficacy of combined treatment with doxorubicin. Ad-Cx26 infection suppressed the growth of all the cell lines compared with controls and induced cell cycle arrest at the G2/M phase and apoptosis. Ad-Cx26 decreased the expression of Bcl-2. LNCaP cell growth was dramatically suppressed by Ad-Cx26 alone. PC-3 and DU-145 had greater growth suppression with combined gene therapy and chemotherapy than with either Ad-Cx26 or doxorubicin alone. Forced expression of Cx26 suppresses the growth of prostate cancer cells and decreases the expression of Bcl-2. Combining Cx26 gene therapy with doxorubicin results in greater growth suppression.