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Expression of interleukin-6 is downregulated by 17-(allylamino)-17-demethoxygeldanamycin in human prostatic carcinoma cells

Authors: Ke-hung Tsui, Tsui-hsia Feng, Wen-chi Hsieh, Phei-lang Chang, Horng-heng Juang


Aim: Interleukin-6 (IL-6) is a pleiotropic cytokine that is associated with tumor metastasis and prostate cancer. We evaluated the mechanism and effect of 17-(allylamino)-17-demethoxygeldanamycin (17AAG), a novel inhibitor of heat shock protein 90 (Hsp90), on the IL-6 gene expression in human prostatic carcinoma (PC-3) cells.
Methods: Quantitative IL-6 and IL-6 receptor (IL-6R) expressions were assessed using RT-PCR. The deregulation of 17AAG and phor-bol 12-myristate 13-acetate (PMA) on the IL-6 gene was determined by ELISA and transient gene expression assays using an IL-6 reporter vector.
Results: Although the IL-6R is ubiquitously expressed by prostatic epithelium cells, the IL-6 expression is only found in advanced prostatic carcinoma cells, such as PC-3 and DU145. Further studies using RT-PCR indicated that 17AAG downregulated the gene expression of IL-6. ELISA and the transient gene expression assay revealed that 17AAG blocked the stimulation of PMA of IL-6 gene expression in PC-3 cells. The PMA-induced IL-6 gene expression is dependent on the NF-κB response element. However, the effect of 17AAG appears to be mediated via a region located at -149 to +8 bp upstream of the transcriptional starting site of the IL-6 gene, and might not be through the NF-κB signaling pathway.
Conclusion: The present study reveals that IL-6 is transcriptionally downregulated in human prostatic carcinoma cells in response to 17AAG. This result suggests the presence of a novel Hsp90 mediation pathway that is involved in the deregulation on the transcription of the human IL-6 gene in human prostate cancer.

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