Figure 6.

Sensitizing effects of Beclin 1 overexpression on proteasome inhibitors-mediated cytotoxicity of ovarian cancer cells. A, OVCAR3 cells were transfected with mock or Beclin 1 eukaryotic plasmid for 24 h, then treated with the indicated proteasome inhibitors for additional 24 h, and Western blot was performed using the indicated antibodies. A representative image was presented, and the ratios vs that of control (normalized by GAPDH) was noted at the bottom of the Beclin 1 image. B, OVCAR3 cells were transfected with mock or Beclin 1 eukaryotic plasmid for 24 h, then treated with the indicated proteasome inhibitors for additional 24 h, and cell viability was measured using MTT assay. C, OVCAR3 cells were transfected with mock or Beclin 1 eukaryotic plasmid for 24 h, then treated with the indicated proteasome inhibitors for additional 24 h, and nuclei morphology was measured using Hoechst 33258 staining. D, OVCAR3 cells were transfected with mock or Beclin 1 eukaryotic plasmid for 24 h, then treated with the indicated proteasome inhibitors for additional 24 h, and caspase-3 activity was measured. E, SKOV3 and A2870 cells were transfected with mock or Beclin 1 eukaryotic plasmid for 24 h, then treated with 5 μM of MG132 for additional 24 h, and Western blot was performed. F, SKOV3 and A2870 cells were transfected with mock or Beclin 1 eukaryotic plasmid for 24 h, then treated with 5 μM of MG132 for additional 24 h, and cell viability was analyzed using MTT assay. *, P<0.01.

Liu et al. BMC Cancer 2012 12:622   doi:10.1186/1471-2407-12-622
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