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Conference Paper: Establishment and characterization of immortalized nasopharyngeal epithelial cells with stable infection of Epstein-Barr virus

TitleEstablishment and characterization of immortalized nasopharyngeal epithelial cells with stable infection of Epstein-Barr virus
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Issue Date2015
PublisherAmerican Association for Cancer Research. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.aacrmeetingabstracts.org/
Citation
The 106th Annual Meeting of the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR 2015), Philadelphia, PA., 18-22 April 2015. In AACR Meeting Abstracts, 2015, v. 75 n. 15 suppl. How to Cite?
AbstractNasopharyngeal carcinoma (NPC), with a remarkably distinctive ethnic and geographic distribution, has the highest incidence among Southern Chinese. Unlike other types of head and neck cancers, a unique feature of NPC is its close association with Epstein-Barr virus (EBV). EBV infection represents an early event during the pathogenesis of NPC. Latent EBV infection is found in every cancer cell of virtually all cases of undifferentiated NPC in endemic regions. Genetic alterations in the premalignant epithelium may support the EBV latency. Although EBV-encoded proteins in its latent infection, including LMP1, LMP2A, etc., have been identified with crucial functions to initiate or promote oncogenesis, to date the exact role of EBV infection in the malignant transformation of nasopharyngeal epithelial (NPE) cells remains unclear. We have previously generated a panel of immortalized NPE cells by ectopic overexpression of hTert (catalytic unit of human telomerase). However, reliable in vitro models of stable EBV infection are also necessary for further elucidating the regulatory network supporting the persistent latency of EBV in NPE cells, and also the potential roles of EBV in the pathogenesis of NPC. In the present study, we established NP361hTert-EBV cells with stable EBV infection via co-culture with Akata B cells harboring EBV, followed by the effective enrichment of EBV-infected cells by FACS sorting. The loss of EBV episome in NPE cells was fast initially upon infection, and relatively stable maintenance of EBV could be achieved after enrichment of EBV-positive cells for three times. Results of western blotting analysis showed that the protein expression level of cyclin D1 was increased in NP361hTert-EBV cells, as compared to the non-infected NP361hTert cells. Meanwhile, we also observed increased expression of phosphorylated protein kinase Akt (Ser473) in NP361hTert-EBV cells, suggesting that the Akt signaling was activated, and such activation might contribute to the persistence of EBV in NP361hTert cells. The stable EBV-infected NPE cells will serve as a powerful in vitro model for further study in elucidating the functional role of EBV in the carcinogenesis of NPC. This work was partly supported by General Research Fund (HKU 779713M, HKU780911M), and the AoE NPC grant (AoE/M-06/08) from Hong Kong Research Grant Council; and Small Project Funding (201309176242) from The University of Hong Kong.
DescriptionMeeting Theme: Bringing Cancer Discoveries to Patients
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/216629
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dc.contributor.authorJia, LJ-
dc.contributor.authorTsang, CM-
dc.contributor.authorYip, YL-
dc.contributor.authorLaw, WT-
dc.contributor.authorZhang, J-
dc.contributor.authorTsao, GSW-
dc.date.accessioned2015-09-18T05:33:57Z-
dc.date.available2015-09-18T05:33:57Z-
dc.date.issued2015-
dc.identifier.citationThe 106th Annual Meeting of the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR 2015), Philadelphia, PA., 18-22 April 2015. In AACR Meeting Abstracts, 2015, v. 75 n. 15 suppl.-
dc.identifier.issn1948-3279-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/216629-
dc.descriptionMeeting Theme: Bringing Cancer Discoveries to Patients-
dc.description.abstractNasopharyngeal carcinoma (NPC), with a remarkably distinctive ethnic and geographic distribution, has the highest incidence among Southern Chinese. Unlike other types of head and neck cancers, a unique feature of NPC is its close association with Epstein-Barr virus (EBV). EBV infection represents an early event during the pathogenesis of NPC. Latent EBV infection is found in every cancer cell of virtually all cases of undifferentiated NPC in endemic regions. Genetic alterations in the premalignant epithelium may support the EBV latency. Although EBV-encoded proteins in its latent infection, including LMP1, LMP2A, etc., have been identified with crucial functions to initiate or promote oncogenesis, to date the exact role of EBV infection in the malignant transformation of nasopharyngeal epithelial (NPE) cells remains unclear. We have previously generated a panel of immortalized NPE cells by ectopic overexpression of hTert (catalytic unit of human telomerase). However, reliable in vitro models of stable EBV infection are also necessary for further elucidating the regulatory network supporting the persistent latency of EBV in NPE cells, and also the potential roles of EBV in the pathogenesis of NPC. In the present study, we established NP361hTert-EBV cells with stable EBV infection via co-culture with Akata B cells harboring EBV, followed by the effective enrichment of EBV-infected cells by FACS sorting. The loss of EBV episome in NPE cells was fast initially upon infection, and relatively stable maintenance of EBV could be achieved after enrichment of EBV-positive cells for three times. Results of western blotting analysis showed that the protein expression level of cyclin D1 was increased in NP361hTert-EBV cells, as compared to the non-infected NP361hTert cells. Meanwhile, we also observed increased expression of phosphorylated protein kinase Akt (Ser473) in NP361hTert-EBV cells, suggesting that the Akt signaling was activated, and such activation might contribute to the persistence of EBV in NP361hTert cells. The stable EBV-infected NPE cells will serve as a powerful in vitro model for further study in elucidating the functional role of EBV in the carcinogenesis of NPC. This work was partly supported by General Research Fund (HKU 779713M, HKU780911M), and the AoE NPC grant (AoE/M-06/08) from Hong Kong Research Grant Council; and Small Project Funding (201309176242) from The University of Hong Kong.-
dc.languageeng-
dc.publisherAmerican Association for Cancer Research. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.aacrmeetingabstracts.org/-
dc.relation.ispartofAACR Meeting Abstracts-
dc.titleEstablishment and characterization of immortalized nasopharyngeal epithelial cells with stable infection of Epstein-Barr virus-
dc.typeConference_Paper-
dc.identifier.emailJia, LJ: ljia@hku.hk-
dc.identifier.emailTsang, CM: annatsan@hku.hk-
dc.identifier.emailYip, YL: yimling@hku.hk-
dc.identifier.emailTsao, GSW: gswtsao@hku.hk-
dc.identifier.authorityTsang, CM=rp01964-
dc.identifier.authorityTsao, GSW=rp00399-
dc.identifier.doidoi:10.1158/1538-7445.AM2015-2731-
dc.identifier.hkuros253242-
dc.identifier.volume75-
dc.identifier.issue15 suppl.-
dc.publisher.placeUnited States-

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