Interferon-alpha (Intron A) upregulates urokinase-type plasminogen activator receptor gene expression

Shanshan Wu, George A. Murrell, Yao Wang*

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    The regulation of urokinase plasminogen activator receptor (uPAR) gene expression by interferon-alpha (IFN-α, or Intron A) and interferon-gamma (IFN-γ) was studied in a HCT116 colon cancer cell line. uPAR mRNA levels were increased in a dose- and time-dependent manner in cells stimulated with IFN-α or IFN-γ. uPAR protein levels reflected IFN-α and IFN-γ induction of uPAR mRNA production. Cycloheximide, a protein synthesis inhibitor, also induced uPAR mRNA accumulation either alone or in combination with IFN-α or IFN-γ, suggesting that the effect on uPAR mRNA levels activated by IFN-α or IFN-γ does not require de novo protein synthesis. Both sodium butyrate and amiloride inhibited the uPAR mRNA levels induced by IFN-α or IFN-γ. These results may provide useful information for the treatment of patients receiving IFN-α or IFN-γ.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)248-254
    Number of pages7
    JournalCancer Immunology, Immunotherapy
    Issue number5
    Publication statusPublished - 2002


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