Silencing Epidermal Growth Factor Receptor by RNA Interference in Glioma

  • Chunsheng Kang
  • Peiyu Pu
  • Hao Jiang
Part of the Methods in Molecular Biology™ book series (MIMB, volume 542)


Glioblastoma multiforme (GBM) can arise de novo or progress from a lower to higher grade and can possess a series of genetic alterations and dynamic progressions, which have been correlated with the molecular pathology of GBM. Epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) has been shown to be overexpressed in a variety of tumors and is one of the important mediators responsible for the development of high-grade gliomas, especially in primary glioblastomas. Most recently, RNA interference (RNAi), in which double-stranded RNA (dsRNA) induces sequence-specific degradation of the targeting messenger RNA (mRNA), has been extensively developed and studied. RNAi is able to silence the targeted gene expression more efficiently and specifically. In the present study, we silence the EGFR expression using two separate short interfering RNAs (siRNAs) targeting the extracellular ligand-binding domain and intracellular tyrosine kinase domain, respectively. We demonstrate that suppression of EGFR expression, by using either antisense or siRNA approaches, inhibits U251 glioblastoma cell growth in vitro and in vivo, and siRNA seems to be more effective than the antisense approach.


EGFR glioma invasion proliferation siRNA 



This work is supported by Tianjin Science and Technology Committee, grant numbers 05YFJZJC1002 and 06YFSZSF01100; the China National Natural Scientific Found (30772231); and the Program for New Century Excellent Talents in University, The Ministry of Education of the People`s Republic of China (grant number NCET-07-0615).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Chunsheng Kang
    • 1
  • Peiyu Pu
    • 1
  • Hao Jiang
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of NeurosurgeryTianjin Medical University General Hospital, Laboratory of Neuro-Oncology, Tianjin Neurological InstituteTianjinPeople’s Republic of China
  2. 2.Department of NeurologyHenry Ford HospitalDetroitUSA

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