International journal of oncology

Silencing the expression of MTDH increases the radiation sensitivity of SKOV3 ovarian cancer cells and reduces their proliferation and metastasis.

PMID 30226587


Ovarian cancer has a high mortality rate among women worldwide. Radiotherapy is considered an effective method of ovarian cancer treatment, however, radioresistance presents a challenge. It is necessary to develop techniques that can increase radiosensitivity in ovarian cancer, and gene therapy is a promising option. The aim of the present study was to investigate the effects of metadherin (MTDH) silencing on the radiosensitivity of ovarian cancer. Ovarian cancer tissues (n=273) and normal ovarian tissues (n=277) were used, as were SKOV3 ovarian cancer cells and the immortalized human ovarian epidermal HOSEpiC cell line. MTT, Transwell and wound-healing assays were performed to assess the proliferation, invasion and migration abilities of the SKOV3 cells. Colony-forming assays and flow cytometry were applied to detect the radiosensitivity and apoptosis of the SKOV3 cells. Nude mouse xenograft models were established to evaluate the effect of MTDH gene silencing on tumor growth and the efficacy of radiotherapy. Ovarian cancer, in tissues and cells, was demonstrated to have a high level of MTDH. Additionally, MTDH silencing was found to significantly inhibit proliferation, migration and invasion, and induce apoptosis in SKOV3 cells, and it was suggested that MTDH depletion significantly increased the sensitivity of the SKOV3 cells to X-ray radiation. MTDH silencing enhanced radiosensitivity and delayed tumor growth in the nude mouse xenograft model. Collectively, the results obtained in the present study suggest the potential role of MTDH silencing as a technique for ameliorating radioresistance in ovarian cancer. The present study provides a promising experimental basis for the improvement of ovarian cancer radiotherapy treatment.