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The Role of the Hematopoietic Cell-Specific Protein 1-Associated Protein X-1 in Human Papillomavirus 16 E2-Induced Human Cervical Squamous Carcinoma Cell Apoptosis via a Mitochondria-Dependent Pathway

Authors
  • Gong, Hui
  • Wang, Ping
  • Yu, Ming
  • Zhu, Yu
  • Teng, Lichen
  • Su, Yajuan
Type
Published Article
Journal
Gynecologic and Obstetric Investigation
Publisher
S. Karger AG
Publication Date
Jun 25, 2021
Volume
86
Issue
3
Pages
273–282
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1159/000515532
PMID: 34175849
Source
Karger
Keywords
Disciplines
  • Research Article
License
Green
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Abstract

Objectives: Human papillomavirus 16 (HPV 16) E2 is a transcriptional regulator that plays a key role in regulating a variety of biological responses. Hematopoietic cell-specific protein 1-related protein X-1 (HAX-1) is a mitochondrial membrane protein, and the HAX-1 gene is involved in the occurrence, growth, invasion, and metastasis of various human malignant tumors. The purpose of this study was to investigate the relationships among HPV 16 E2, the role of HAX-1 gene, and the underlying intracellular apoptotic mechanism of human cervical squamous carcinoma cells (C33a and SiHa). Methods: In this study, HAX-1 expression was examined using real-time polymerase chain reaction, Western blot, and immunohistochemical staining analysis. Apoptosis of cells was assessed by flow cytometry. The mitochondrial function was assessed by the mitochondrial copy number, reactive oxygen species (ROS) generation, the mitochondrial membrane potential (ΔΨm), and mitochondrial morphology. Results: Our study demonstrated that the expression of the HAX-1 gene was significantly increased in human cervical carcinoma tissues relative to noncancerous cervix tissues. HPV 16 E2 inhibited HAX-1 protein expression. Overexpression of HAX-1 increased the mitochondrial copy number, decreased the production of ROS, and maintained the integrity of the mitochondrial membrane and morphology. So, enhanced expression of the HAX-1 gene could abrogate the HPV 16 E2-induced cell apoptosis. Conclusion: Therefore, these data support a mechanism that HAX-1 plays a crucial role in HPV 16 E2-induced human cervical squamous carcinoma cell apoptosis in a mitochondrial-dependent manner.

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