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Oncology letters

Extracellular HSP70/HSP70-PCs regulate hepatocarcinoma cell migration and invasion via RhoA.


PMID 28454219

Abstract

The effects of heat shock protein 70 (HSP70)/HSP70-peptide complexes (HSP70-PCs) on the invasion and metastasis ability of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) Huh-7 cells were investigated. Wound healing assay revealed that cells treated with HSP70/HSP70-PCs healed faster than negative control cells. HSP70/HSP70-PCs-treated cells also exhibited better migration ability and higher invasion ability than control cells. HSP70/HSP70-PCs treatment did not alter the messenger RNA (mRNA) or protein levels of matrix metalloproteinase-9; the opposite was true for Ras homolog family member A (RhoA) mRNA and protein levels. RNA interference of RhoA attenuated the migration of HSP70/HSP70-PCs-treated cells. The present findings indicate that regulation of HCC cell migration by HSP70/HSP70-PCs occurs via regulation of RhoA expression.

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