Tumor Biology

, Volume 33, Issue 3, pp 865–875 | Cite as

Quantitative expression analysis of the apoptosis-related genes BCL2, BAX and BCL2L12 in gastric adenocarcinoma cells following treatment with the anticancer drugs cisplatin, etoposide and taxol

  • Dimitrios Korbakis
  • Andreas Scorilas
Research Article


The BCL2 family of proteins includes apoptosis-related molecules involved in normal physiology, as well as cancer pathology. Members of our team have discovered and cloned the novel gene BCL2L12, which codes for a protein member of the BCL2 family. The BCL2L12 expression has been studied extensively in various types of cancer and its important clinical value has been underlined. The main objective of this study is the relative quantification of the mRNA expression of the apoptosis-related genes BCL2, BAX and BCL2L12 in gastric cancer cells, following treatment with anticancer drugs. Gastric adenocarcinoma cells AGS were treated with various concentrations of the chemical substances cisplatin, etoposide and taxol for three time periods. Cell viability was examined by using the MTT assay. Total RNA was extracted and reverse transcribed into cDNA. A highly sensitive, quantitative real-time PCR method was developed based on the SYBR Green chemistry, for the proper mRNA quantification. GAPDH was used as a housekeeping gene. Relative quantification analysis was performed by using the comparative CT method (\( 2^{−{\text{DDC}}_{\text{T}}} \)). Treatment of AGS cells with 10 μM cisplatin, 0.5 μM etoposide and 10 nM taxol affected the BCL2, BAX and BCL2L12 mRNA levels, compared to the untreated cells. Cisplatin and etoposide induced a major down-regulation in the BCL2 mRNA levels after 72 h of treatment, while the BAX mRNA levels were slightly up-regulated. Moreover, taxol had an up-regulating effect on both BCL2 and BAX transcript levels after 48 h of incubation. Chemotherapy had a much smaller effect on the BCL2L12 expression levels, eventually characterised by a small down-regulation.


AGS gastric adenocarcinoma cell line Apoptosis BCL2 family BCL2L12 Real-Time PCR Anticancer drugs 



B-cell CLL/lymphoma 2


BCL2 like gene 12

BH domain

BCL2 homology domains

CA 19-9

Carbohydrate antigen 19-9

CA 72-4

Cancer antigen 72-4


Carcinoembryonic antigen


Chronic lymphocytic leukaemia


Disease-free survival

H. pylori

Helicobacter pylori


Interferon regulatory factor 3 gene


Protein arginine methyltransferase 1 gene


Single-strand conformation polymorphism



The project was supported by a PENED grant co-funded by the European Union–European Social Funds (75% from the European Union), National Resources (25% from governmental funds)–Ministry of Development–General Secretariat for Research & Technology of Greece and ELPEN A.E. through EPAN.M.8.3—3rd Community Support Programme.

Conflicts of interest



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  1. 1.Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Faculty of BiologyNational and Kapodistrian University of AthensAthensGreece

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