Tumor Biology

, Volume 36, Issue 5, pp 3895–3902 | Cite as

Knockdown of Aurora-B alters osteosarcoma cell malignant phenotype via decreasing phosphorylation of VCP and NF-κB signaling

  • Jian Ying He
  • Wei Hong Xi
  • Liang Bo Zhu
  • Xin Hua Long
  • Xuan Yin Chen
  • Jia Min Liu
  • Qin Feng Luo
  • Xiao Ping Zhu
  • Zhi Li Liu
Research Article


The aim of this study is to investigate the effects of inhibiting Aurora-B on osteosarcoma (OS) cell malignant phenotype, phosphorylation of valosin-containing protein (VCP), and the activity of NF-κB signaling in vitro. The expressions of Aurora-B and p-VCP proteins were detected by immunohistochemistry in 24 OS tissues, and the relationship between Aurora-B and p-VCP was investigated. The results showed that there was a positive correlation between Aurora-B and p-VCP proteins. The expression of Aurora-B in human OS cell lines U2-OS and HOS cells was inhibited by specific short hairpin RNA (shRNA) lentivirus (AURKB-shRNA lentivirus, Lv-shAURKB) which targeted Aurora-B. The results showed that the phosphorylation of VCP, the activity of NF-κB signaling pathway and the malignant phenotype of OS cells were all suppressed by knockdown of Aurora-B. It indicated that the inhibition of Aurora-B alters OS cells malignant phenotype by downregulating phosphorylation of VCP and activating of the NF-κB signaling pathway in vitro.


Osteosarcoma Aurora-B Metastasis Valosin-containing protein (VCP) NF-κB signaling pathway 



The present study was supported by grants from the National Natural Science Foundation of China (no. 81260400), the Natural Science Foundation of Jiangxi Province (no. 20114BAB205093 and 20142BAB205056), and Jiangxi Province Education Department of Science and Technology (no. GJJ12097).

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jian Ying He
    • 1
    • 3
  • Wei Hong Xi
    • 1
  • Liang Bo Zhu
    • 1
  • Xin Hua Long
    • 1
  • Xuan Yin Chen
    • 1
  • Jia Min Liu
    • 1
  • Qin Feng Luo
    • 2
  • Xiao Ping Zhu
    • 1
  • Zhi Li Liu
    • 1
  1. 1.The First Affiliated Hospital of Nanchang UniversityNanchangPeople’s Republic of China
  2. 2.Cancer Hospital of Jiangxi ProvinceNanchangPeople’s Republic of China
  3. 3.JiangXi Provincial People’s HospitalNanchangPeople’s Republic of China

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