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Effect of TRAF6 on the biological behavior of human lung adenocarcinoma cell

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Tumor necrosis factor receptor-associated factor 6 (TRAF6) is a unique adaptor protein of the tumor necrosis factor receptor-associated factor family that mediates both tumor necrosis factor receptor and interleukin-1 receptor/Toll-like receptor signaling. A recent study showed that TRAF6 played an important role in tumorigenesis and invasion through activation of nuclear factor kappa B (NF-κB). However, the biological role of TRAF6 remains unknown in lung cancer up to now. To address the expression of TRAF6 in lung cancer cells, four lung cancer cell lines (A549, HCC827, NCI-H292, and 95-D) and human bronchial epithelial cells were used to detect the expression of TRAF6 protein by western blotting. Results indicated that TRAF6 displayed an upregulation in human lung cancer cell lines. To investigate the effects of TRAF6 on the biological behavior of human lung adenocarcinoma cell, we generated human lung adenocarcinoma A549 cell line in which TRAF6 was depleted. The results showed that downregulation of TRAF6 could decrease cell viability, suppress cell proliferation and invasion, and promote cell apoptosis. At the same time, we explored the effects of TRAF6 on the expression of the following proteins: phosphor-NF-κB (p-p65), cyclin D1, caspase-3, and matrix metalloproteinase 9 (MMP9). Downregulation of TRAF6 could decrease the expression of p-p65, cyclin D1, and MMP9 and increase the expression of caspase-3. All these results suggested that TRAF6 might be involved in the potentiation of growth, proliferation, and invasion of A549 cell line, as well as the inhibition of A549 cell apoptosis by the activation of NF-κB. To make a long story short, the overexpression of TRAF6 might be related to the tumorigenesis and invasion of lung cancer.

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Zhong, L., Cao, F. & You, Q. Effect of TRAF6 on the biological behavior of human lung adenocarcinoma cell. Tumor Biol. 34, 231–239 (2013). https://doi.org/10.1007/s13277-012-0543-8

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