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Mol Cell Biochem. 2011 Apr;350(1-2):193-200. doi: 10.1007/s11010-010-0698-9. Epub 2010 Dec 24.

RNA interference-mediated silencing of iASPP induces cell proliferation inhibition and G0/G1 cell cycle arrest in U251 human glioblastoma cells.

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Department of Neurosurgery, Peking Union Medical College Hospital, Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences, Beijing, People's Republic of China.


iASPP is an evolutionally conserved inhibitory member of the ASPP (apoptosis-stimulating protein of p53) protein family. Overexpression of iASPP was observed in several types of human tumors, however, its role in tumorigenesis has not been fully clarified. To investigate the role of iASPP in human glioblastoma multiforme (GMB) progression, the authors employed lentivirus-mediated shRNA to silence endogenous iASPP expression and elucidated iASPP function by analysis of viability, colony formation, DNA synthesis, and cell cycle in p53-mutant glioblastoma cell line U251. iASPP was significantly and sustainably knocked down by iASPP-specific shRNA in U251 cells. Stable down-regulation of iASPP expression-induced cell proliferation inhibition and G0/G1 cell cycle arrest by down-regulation of cyclin D1 and up-regulation of p21(Waf1/Cip1). Thus, the findings not only provide a molecular basis for the role of iASPP in cell cycle progression of glioblastoma cells but also suggest a novel therapeutic target for the treatment of GBM.

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