Tumor Biology

, Volume 37, Issue 1, pp 1091–1096 | Cite as

The involvement of survivin in insulin-like growth factor 1-induced epithelial-mesenchymal transition in gastric cancer

  • Chengjun Li
  • Jinbao Li
  • Dawei Wu
  • Gang Han
Original Article


It has been identified that insulin-like growth factor 1 (IGF-1) activated various pathways of the epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT) in a couple of tumors. At the same time, survivin is implicated in EMT of gastric cancer (GC). To date, the impact of survivin on IGF-1-mediated EMT of GC has not been featured. In this work, we used the immunohistochemistry and molecular and cellular experiments to investigate the existence and significance of IGF-1 and survivin. Our findings revealed that survivin protein can be observed in majority of samples in all GC samples. Importantly, survivin expression has an obvious association with GC stage, and metastasis. In vitro, GC cell line BGC823 was treated with different concentrations of IGF-1, resulting in the activation of p-ERK, p-AKT, survivin, and the expression of EMT biomarkers, including N-cadherin, MMP2, and Snail. However, the silencing of survivin eradicated the expression IGF-1-induced EMT biomarkers and affected the migration and invasion of BGC823 cells. In conclusion, IGF-1 signaling activated survivin expression and controlled the expression of EMT biomarkers in the development of GC. This study lays a new stage for the molecular therapy of GC patients in the clinical treatment.


IGF-1 Survivin EMT GC 



We are thankful to the other members in our lab for their suggestions.

Conflicts of interest



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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of General SurgeryAffiliated Hospital of Shandong Academy of Medical SciencesJinanChina
  2. 2.Department of General SurgeryGuanzhuang Hospital of Anqiu CityWeifangChina
  3. 3.Department of General SurgeryHuimin County Hospital of Shandong ProvinceBinzhouChina

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