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Expression of Y-Box binding protein-1 following hypericin-mediated photodynamic therapy in well-differentiated nasopharyngeal cancer in vivo

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The Y-Box binding protein, YB-1, belongs to a group in the DNA and RNA binding protein family. YB-1 is known to be expressed in a number of different cancers and reported to protect cells against DNA-damaging agents such as ultraviolet light. The purpose of this study was to determine if YB-1 levels are altered in photodynamic therapy (PDT)-treated nasopharyngeal cancer (NPC) cells. In this report, we show for the first time that YB-1 is expressed at both the mRNA and protein levels in well-differentiated NPC in vivo. YB-1 mRNA expression in tumor tissues from a murine well-differentiated HK1/NPC model showed no significant difference in mRNA levels following hypericin-PDT. Localization of the YB-1 protein by immuno-histochemistry revealed the presence of cytoplasmic YB-1 in the more mature and better differentiated cells of the untreated group, as well as cells that survived PDT treatment. Expression of the YB-1 protein may possibly influence the cellular stress response to hypericin-PDT and protect the cells from phototoxicity.
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Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Department of Anatomy, National University of Singapore, Singapore

Publication date: November 1, 2005

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  • The International Journal of Molecular Medicine is a monthly, peer-reviewed journal devoted to the publication of high quality studies related to the molecular mechanisms of human disease. The journal welcomes research on all aspects of molecular and clinical research, ranging from biochemistry to immunology, pathology, genetics, human genomics, microbiology, molecular pathogenesis, molecular cardiology, molecular surgery and molecular psychology.

    The International Journal of Molecular Medicine aims to provide an insight for researchers within the community in regard to developing molecular tools and identifying molecular targets for the diagnosis and treatment of a diverse number of human diseases.
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