OncoTargets and therapy

RNAi-mediated knockdown of CAIX enhances the radiosensitivity of nasopharyngeal carcinoma cell line, CNE-2.

PMID 29026318


Although radiotherapy remains the most powerful as well as the primary treatment modality for nasopharyngeal carcinoma (NPC), approximately 20% of NPC patients still have local recurrence. Carbonic anhydrase IX (CAIX)-related signaling pathways that mediate radioresistance have been found in various kinds of cancer. However, the role of CAIX in NPC radioresistance is still unknown. In this study, we investigated the effect of CAIX silencing on sensitization to ionizing radiation in NPC by using Lipofectamine 2000, which delivers small interfering ribonucleic acid (siRNA) that targets CAIX. Results showed that Lipofectamine 2000 effectively delivered siRNA into the CNE-2 cells, which resulted in the decrease of CAIX expression and cell viability, decrease in cell proliferation and colony formation, and increase in the number of CNE-2 cells stuck in the G