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Inhibition of TF gene expression by antisense oligonucleotides in different cancer cell lines
Yvonne Forster and Bernd Schwenzer

Human tissue factor (TF) is the initiator of blood coagulation. Beside this function it is involved in tumor angiogenesis and metastasis. In the study we have evaluated the efficiency of antisense oligonucleotides (AS-ODNs) against TF selected from computational prediction of TF mRNA structure. Fourteen different AS-ODNs were tested in three cell lines of different origin with a high TF content. In cell line MCF-7 expression of TF gene was inhibited up to 50% by the AS-ODN AS-7 in comparison to reference. To investigate the dependence of inhibition efficiency on the AS-ODN position inside a potential target motive we designed further AS-ODNs shifted 2-3 nt among AS-7. One AS-ODN was found as more effective than AS-7. In cell line T508 were obtained moderate effects in inhibition of TF gene expression of 30% by AS-4. In J82 cells TF protein was inhibited up to 68% by two AS-ODNs. In conclusion, we compared inhibition of TF gene expression in different cancer cell lines and found that all effective AS-ODNs were located in the translated region of TF mRNA. Suitability of a target region of an AS-ODN is relativ independent on cell line. In contrast, optimal transfection conditions are dependent on cell line.

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