Effect of sinomenine on gene expression of the IL-1β-activated human synovial sarcoma

X. J. Li, Patrick Y K YUE, W. Y. Ha, Daisy Y.L. Wong, Mandy M.Y. Tin, P. X. Wang, Ricky N S WONG, L. Liu*

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Sinomenine is an alkaloid with pharmacological effects of anti-inflammation, anti-angiogenesis, anti-arthritis and immunosuppression. This study aimed to investigate the effect of sinomenine on gene expression of human synovial sarcoma cells (Hs701.T) activated by IL-1β. The proliferative effect of sinomenine was examined in the presence or absence of IL-1β by the [3H]-thymidine incorporation and MTT assay, respectively. Using DNA microarray technology and RT-PCR, the activating action of IL-1β and modulatory effect of sinomenine on Hs701.T were simultaneously determined. Results showed that IL-1β could stimulate the proliferation and gene expression of Hs701.T cells. Sinomenine could significantly inhibit proliferation of IL-1β-activated Hs701.T cells and suppress expression of 17 genes including IL-6, PlGF, Daxx, and HSP27. These genes were found to be important in tumor progression through the mediation of inflammation, cell adhesion, proliferation, apoptosis and angiogenesis. In conclusion, our study provides supplementary information for the further studies on the pharmacological effects of sinomenine acting on synovial sarcoma.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)665-673
Number of pages9
JournalLife Sciences
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - 10 Jul 2006

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)
  • Pharmacology, Toxicology and Pharmaceutics(all)

User-Defined Keywords

  • DNA microarray
  • Gene expression
  • Hs701.T
  • IL-1β
  • Sinomenine
  • Synovial sarcoma


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