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Oncol Lett. 2015 Aug;10(2):697-704. Epub 2015 Jun 9.

The role of mechano-growth factor E peptide in the regulation of osteosarcoma.

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Department of Orthopedics, Xinqiao Hospital, Third Military Medical University, Chongqing 400037, P.R. China.


Osteosarcoma is one of the most common bone tumors, and exhibits a high degree of malignancy. Gene therapy is a novel approach to its treatment, however, specific target genes are required to enable effective use of this therapy. In order to investigate the effects of the mechano-growth factor E (MGF-E) peptide, which is derived from the IGF-I alternative splicing isoform, on the regulation of the development of osteosarcoma, the expression of MGF was detected in osteosarcoma cell lines with different degrees of malignancy. Concomitantly, exogenous MGF-E peptide was used to stimulate these osteosarcoma cell lines. The results demonstrated that MGF was overexpressed in malignant osteosarcoma cells, while it was not expressed in the least malignant osteosarcoma cells. Furthermore, MGF-E treatment altered the cell cycle distribution, and promoted the proliferation, migration and invasion of osteosarcoma cells. The possible mechanisms underlying these effects were detected by quantitative polymerase chain reaction and western blotting. Based on these results, it was hypothesized that MGF may be a suitable biomarker for malignant osteosarcoma phenotypes.


invasiveness; mechano-growth factor E; migration; osteosarcoma; proliferation

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