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UNLABELLED: The TNF receptor-associated protein 1 (TRAP1) is a mitochondrial HSP that has been related to drug resistance and protection from apoptosis in colorectal and prostate cancer. Here, the effect of TRAP1 ablation on cell proliferation, survival, apoptosis, and mitochondrial function was determined in non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). In addition, the prognostic value of TRAP1 was evaluated in patients with NSCLC. These results demonstrate that TRAP1 knockdown reduces cell growth and clonogenic cell survival. Moreover, TRAP1 downregulation impairs mitochondrial functions such as ATP production and mitochondrial membrane potential as measured by TMRM (tetramethylrhodamine methylester) uptake, but it does not affect mitochondrial density or mitochondrial morphology. The effect of TRAP1 silencing on apoptosis, analyzed by flow cytometry and immunoblot expression (cleaved PARP, caspase-9, and caspase-3) was cell line and context dependent. Finally, the prognostic potential of TRAP1 expression in NSCLC was ascertained via immunohistochemical analysis which revealed that high TRAP1 expression was associated with increased risk of disease recurrence (univariate analysis, P = 0.008; multivariate analysis, HR: 2.554; 95% confidence interval, 1.085-6.012; P = 0.03). In conclusion, these results demonstrate that TRAP1 impacts the viability of NSCLC cells, and that its expression is prognostic in NSCLC. IMPLICATIONS: TRAP1 controls NSCLC proliferation, apoptosis, and mitochondrial function, and its status has prognostic potential in NSCLC.

Original publication

DOI

10.1158/1541-7786.MCR-13-0481

Type

Journal article

Journal

Mol Cancer Res

Publication Date

05/2014

Volume

12

Pages

660 - 669

Keywords

Adenosine Triphosphate, Aged, Apoptosis, Carcinoma, Non-Small-Cell Lung, Cell Growth Processes, Cell Line, Tumor, Down-Regulation, Female, Gene Knockdown Techniques, HSP90 Heat-Shock Proteins, Humans, Immunohistochemistry, Lung Neoplasms, Male, Middle Aged, Mitochondria, Prognosis, RNA, Small Interfering