J Korean Med Sci.  2012 Sep;27(9):987-992. 10.3346/jkms.2012.27.9.987.

Prostaglandin E2 and Interleukin-1beta Reduce E-cadherin Expression by Enhancing Snail Expression in Gastric Cancer Cells

  • 1Department of Surgery, Dankook University Hospital, Cheonan, Korea.
  • 2Department of Pathology, Dongguk University College of Medicine, Gyeongju, Korea. taejung@mail.dongguk.ac.kr
  • 3Department of Surgery, Dongguk University College of Medicine, Gyeongju, Korea.


Inflammation is closely related to the progression of cancer as well as tumorigenesis. Here, we investigated the effect of prostaglandin E2 (PGE2) and interleukin-1beta (IL-1beta) on E-cadherin expression in SNU719 gastric cancer cells. E-cadherin expression decreased as the dose or exposure time of PGE2 and IL-1beta increased, whereas Snail expression increased with dose or time of PGE2 and IL-1beta. E-cadherin expression reduced by PGE2 treatment increased after the transfection of Snail siRNA. Neutralization of IL-1beta using anti-IL-1beta antibody blocked the expression pattern of E-cadherin and Snail occurred by IL-1beta treatment. However, there was no synergic effect of IL-1beta and PGE2 on the expression pattern of E-cadherin and Snail. In conclusion, inflammatory mediators reduced E-cadherin expression by enhancing Snail expression in gastric cancer cells. Inflammation-induced transcriptional regulation of E-cadherin in gastric cancer has implications for targeted chemoprevention and therapy.


Gastric cancer; Prostaglandin E2; Interleukin-1beta; E-cadherin; Snail
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