Tumor Biology

, Volume 36, Issue 5, pp 3399–3406 | Cite as

Effect of Golgi phosphoprotein 2 (GOLPH2/GP73) on autophagy in human hepatocellular carcinoma HepG2 cells

  • Yuan-Yuan Zhou
  • Jun-Chang Jiang
  • Jun You
  • Lin-Fu Zhou
Research Article


This study aims to investigate the effect of Golgi Protein 73 (GP73) on autophagy in human hepatoma line cells HepG2. We investigated the functional effects of GP73 on autophagy in hepatoma cell line HepG2 using immunofluoscence staining, Western blotting and real-time PCR. Our data showed that specific small interference RNA (siRNA) notably induced formation of autophagic vacuoles. In addition, upregulation of GP73 significantly inhibited formation of starvation-induced LC3-positive structures. We provide the first experimental evidence to show that GP73 may play an important role in the inhibitory regulation of autophagy. Therefore, our data suggest a new molecular mechanism for GP73-related hepatoma progression.


GOLPH2/GP73 Hepatocellular carcinoma RNA interference Autophagy MAP1LC3 



73-kd Golgi protein (Genbank # AF236056)


Microtubule-associated protein 1 light chain 3 (MAP1LC3)


Sodium dodecyl sulfate


Phosphate-buffered saline


Dulbecco’s modified Eagle’s medium


Earle’s balanced salt solution


Fetal bovine serum




analysis of variance


autophagy-related gene


Hepatocellular carcinoma



The authors gratefully acknowledge the financial support by the Project 2013C14011 from Department of Science and Technology of Zhejiang Province, and the Project of National Essential Drug Research and Development of China (2013ZX09506015).

Conflicts of interest



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Authors and Affiliations

  • Yuan-Yuan Zhou
    • 1
  • Jun-Chang Jiang
    • 1
  • Jun You
    • 2
  • Lin-Fu Zhou
    • 1
    • 3
  1. 1.Medical Biotechnology LaboratoryZhejiang UniversityHangzhouChina
  2. 2.Zhejiang Cancer HospitalHangzhouChina
  3. 3.Faculty of Basic MedicineMedicine School of Zhejiang UniversityHangzhouChina

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