The production of basic fibroblast growth factor (bFGF) by human renal cell carcinoma (HRCC) is associated with induction of angiogenesis. Incubation of HRCC cells with human interferon alpha (IFN-α) or interferon beta (IFN-β) downregulates the expression of bFGF and, hence, angiogenesis. The purpose of this study was to analyze the downregulation of the expression of bFGF in HRCC cells by IFN-α and IFN-β. Human HRCC SN12PM6 cells cultured under sparse conditions expressed 3-7-fold higher levels of steady-state bFGF-specific mRNA transcripts and cellular bFGF protein than did confluent cultures. IFN-α or IFN-β inhibited the steady-state expression of bFGF mRNA transcripts and cellular bFGF protein in a concentration-dependent manner in sparse but not confluent cultures. Moreover, IFN-β downregulated the transcription rate of bFGF genes and inhibited the de novo synthesis of bFGF protein only in sparse cultures. The results demonstrate that the inhibitory effects of IFN-α and -β on bFGF expression are cell-density dependent.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||8|
|Journal||International journal of oncology|
|State||Published - Apr 1996|
- Cell density
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Cancer Research