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GAPDH is not regulated in human glioblastoma under hypoxic conditions.

Said HM, Hagemann C, Stojic J, Schoemig B, Vince GH, Flentje M, Roosen K, Vordermark D - BMC Mol. Biol. (2007)

Bottom Line: Housekeeping genes that are absolutely reliable are essential for these studies to normalize gene expression.An incorrect choice of housekeeping genes leads to interpretation errors of experimental results including evaluation and quantification of pathological gene expression.HIF-1alpha protein regulation under hypoxia was also determined on mRNA level in vitro in GaMG and on protein level in U251, U373 and GaMG cells.

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Affiliation: University of Würzburg, Dept. of Radiation Oncology, Germany. Said_H@klinik.uni-wuerzburg.de

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Background: Gene expression studies related to cancer diagnosis and treatment are becoming more important. Housekeeping genes that are absolutely reliable are essential for these studies to normalize gene expression. An incorrect choice of housekeeping genes leads to interpretation errors of experimental results including evaluation and quantification of pathological gene expression. Here, we examined (a) the degree of regulation of GAPDH expression in human glioblastoma cells under hypoxic conditions in vitro in comparison to other housekeeping genes like beta-actin, serving as experimental loading controls, (b) the potential use of GAPDH as a target for tumor therapeutic approaches and (c) differences in GAPDH expression between low-grade astrocytomas and glioblastomas, for which modest and severe hypoxia, respectively, have been previously demonstrated. GAPDH and beta-actin expression was comparatively examined in vivo in human low-grade astrocytoma and glioblastoma on both protein and mRNA level, by Western blot and semiquantitative RT-PCR, respectively. Furthermore, the same proteins were determined in vitro in U373, U251 and GaMG human glioblastoma cells using the same methods. HIF-1alpha protein regulation under hypoxia was also determined on mRNA level in vitro in GaMG and on protein level in U251, U373 and GaMG cells.

Results: We observed no hypoxia-induced regulatory effect on GAPDH expression in the three glioblastoma cell lines studied in vitro. In addition, GAPDH expression was similar in patient tumor samples of low-grade astrocytoma and glioblastoma, suggesting a lack of hypoxic regulation in vivo.

Conclusion: GAPDH represents an optimal choice of a housekeeping gene and/or loading control to determine the expression of hypoxia induced genes at least in glioblastoma. Because of the lack of GAPDH regulation under hypoxia, this gene is not an attractive target for tumor therapeutic approaches in human glioblastoma.

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Effect of different hypoxic conditions on GAPDH protein expression in GaMG, U373 and U251 cells. For experimental settings refer to Fig. 2. (A) Western-blot analysis of β-actin and GAPDH protein expression. Shown is a representative experiment out of three. (B) Bar graphs showing expression strength of GAPDH after densitometric evaluation of signal strengths and normalization to the corresponding β-actin expression. Hypoxia did not regulate GAPDH expression in any direction.
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Figure 6: Effect of different hypoxic conditions on GAPDH protein expression in GaMG, U373 and U251 cells. For experimental settings refer to Fig. 2. (A) Western-blot analysis of β-actin and GAPDH protein expression. Shown is a representative experiment out of three. (B) Bar graphs showing expression strength of GAPDH after densitometric evaluation of signal strengths and normalization to the corresponding β-actin expression. Hypoxia did not regulate GAPDH expression in any direction.

Mentions: Glioblastoma cell lines GaMG, U373 and U251, which were cultured under different hypoxic conditions as described above, did not show any regulation of GAPDH protein expression (Fig. 6A and 6B, respectively). Therefore, GAPDH mRNA and protein expression is not modified in response to different oxygenation, hypoxia or reoxygenation conditions in vitro in the tested cell lines and not differently expressed in human tumor glioma samples with known different levels of hypoxia.


GAPDH is not regulated in human glioblastoma under hypoxic conditions.

Said HM, Hagemann C, Stojic J, Schoemig B, Vince GH, Flentje M, Roosen K, Vordermark D - BMC Mol. Biol. (2007)

Effect of different hypoxic conditions on GAPDH protein expression in GaMG, U373 and U251 cells. For experimental settings refer to Fig. 2. (A) Western-blot analysis of β-actin and GAPDH protein expression. Shown is a representative experiment out of three. (B) Bar graphs showing expression strength of GAPDH after densitometric evaluation of signal strengths and normalization to the corresponding β-actin expression. Hypoxia did not regulate GAPDH expression in any direction.
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Figure 6: Effect of different hypoxic conditions on GAPDH protein expression in GaMG, U373 and U251 cells. For experimental settings refer to Fig. 2. (A) Western-blot analysis of β-actin and GAPDH protein expression. Shown is a representative experiment out of three. (B) Bar graphs showing expression strength of GAPDH after densitometric evaluation of signal strengths and normalization to the corresponding β-actin expression. Hypoxia did not regulate GAPDH expression in any direction.
Mentions: Glioblastoma cell lines GaMG, U373 and U251, which were cultured under different hypoxic conditions as described above, did not show any regulation of GAPDH protein expression (Fig. 6A and 6B, respectively). Therefore, GAPDH mRNA and protein expression is not modified in response to different oxygenation, hypoxia or reoxygenation conditions in vitro in the tested cell lines and not differently expressed in human tumor glioma samples with known different levels of hypoxia.

Bottom Line: Housekeeping genes that are absolutely reliable are essential for these studies to normalize gene expression.An incorrect choice of housekeeping genes leads to interpretation errors of experimental results including evaluation and quantification of pathological gene expression.HIF-1alpha protein regulation under hypoxia was also determined on mRNA level in vitro in GaMG and on protein level in U251, U373 and GaMG cells.

View Article: PubMed Central - HTML - PubMed

Affiliation: University of Würzburg, Dept. of Radiation Oncology, Germany. Said_H@klinik.uni-wuerzburg.de

ABSTRACT

Background: Gene expression studies related to cancer diagnosis and treatment are becoming more important. Housekeeping genes that are absolutely reliable are essential for these studies to normalize gene expression. An incorrect choice of housekeeping genes leads to interpretation errors of experimental results including evaluation and quantification of pathological gene expression. Here, we examined (a) the degree of regulation of GAPDH expression in human glioblastoma cells under hypoxic conditions in vitro in comparison to other housekeeping genes like beta-actin, serving as experimental loading controls, (b) the potential use of GAPDH as a target for tumor therapeutic approaches and (c) differences in GAPDH expression between low-grade astrocytomas and glioblastomas, for which modest and severe hypoxia, respectively, have been previously demonstrated. GAPDH and beta-actin expression was comparatively examined in vivo in human low-grade astrocytoma and glioblastoma on both protein and mRNA level, by Western blot and semiquantitative RT-PCR, respectively. Furthermore, the same proteins were determined in vitro in U373, U251 and GaMG human glioblastoma cells using the same methods. HIF-1alpha protein regulation under hypoxia was also determined on mRNA level in vitro in GaMG and on protein level in U251, U373 and GaMG cells.

Results: We observed no hypoxia-induced regulatory effect on GAPDH expression in the three glioblastoma cell lines studied in vitro. In addition, GAPDH expression was similar in patient tumor samples of low-grade astrocytoma and glioblastoma, suggesting a lack of hypoxic regulation in vivo.

Conclusion: GAPDH represents an optimal choice of a housekeeping gene and/or loading control to determine the expression of hypoxia induced genes at least in glioblastoma. Because of the lack of GAPDH regulation under hypoxia, this gene is not an attractive target for tumor therapeutic approaches in human glioblastoma.

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Related in: MedlinePlus