Effect of β3-integrin-siRNA treatment on integrin surface expression. Differentiated OC2 cells were treated with β3-siRNA and assayed by FACS for expression of surface integrins. The data is compared to integrin expression levels in normal differentiated cells (39°), differentiated cells exposed to scrambled siRNA sequences (siRNAβ3) and undifferentiated cells (33°). Exposure to β3-integrin-siRNA resulted in a significant reduction of the surface expression of β3, β1- and αv- to levels similar to those of undifferentiated cells. There was no significant effect of scrambled siRNA sequences on any integrin expression and β3-integrin-siRNA did not significantly affect α6-integrin providing further evidence for the specificity of the siRNA inhibition.
Brunetta et al. BMC Cell Biology 2012 13:5 doi:10.1186/1471-2121-13-5