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Biochem Biophys Res Commun. 2005 Aug 5;333(3):917-24.

Suppression of hLRH-1 mediated by a DNA vector-based RNA interference results in cell cycle arrest and induction of apoptosis in hepatocellular carcinoma cell BEL-7402.

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Center for Laboratory Medicine, Fuzhou General Hospital, Fuzhou, Fujian 350025, PR China.


RNA interference (RNAi) is the process by which double-stranded RNA directs sequence-specific degradation of mRNA. A DNA vector-based approach has been shown to be able to trigger RNA interference in mammalian cells successfully. LRH-1 is an orphan nuclear receptor predominantly expressed in tissues of endodermal origin, where it controls development and cholesterol homeostasis. In the present study, we demonstrated that the expression of hLRH-1 and cyclin E1 in BEL-7402 cells could be suppressed by up to approximately 80% via DNA vector-based RNA interference. The suppression of hLRH-1 resulted in cell cycle arrest mediated by the down-regulation of cyclin E1. Induction of apoptosis and down-regulation of Gadd45beta were also shown in hLRH-1 knock down BEL-7402 cells. These results, together with the findings that Gadd45beta remained unchanged in cyclin E1 RNAi cells, suggested that the induction of apoptosis by knock down of hLRH-1 was closely related to the down-regulation of Gadd45beta.

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