Cellular and Molecular Life Sciences

, Volume 65, Issue 11, pp 1768–1779 | Cite as

Acetylcholinesterase in intestinal cell differentiation involves G2/M cell cycle arrest

  • A. C. Xiang
  • J. Xie
  • X. J. ZhangEmail author
Research Article


Here we examine differentiation of the intestinal cell line Caco-2 following exposure to sodium butyrate (NaBT), using alkaline phosphatase (ALP) activity and carcinoembryonic antigen (CEA) levels as markers of differentiation. We show that acetylcholinesterase (AChE) activity and RNA levels increase during differentiation. Treatment with AChE inhibitors or knockdown of AChE levels by shRNA markedly decrease ALP and CEA levels in a concentration- and time-dependent manner. Finally, our observations suggest that NaBT-induced differentiation of intestinal cells involves AChE-induced cell cycle arrest.


Differentiation acetylcholinesterase cell cycle butyrate sodium G2/M 


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© Birkhaueser 2008

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Laboratory of Molecular Cell Biology, Institute of Biochemistry and Cell BiologyShanghai Institutes for Biological Sciences, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Graduate School of the Chinese Academy of SciencesShanghaiChina

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