A simple method to induce hypoxia-induced vascular endothelial growth factor-A (VEGF-A) expression in T24 human bladder cancer cells

Angiogenesis is an essential process for the establishment, development, and dissemination of several malignant tumors including bladder cancer. The hypoxic condition promotes the stabilization of hypoxia-inducible factor 1 alpha (HIF-1α), which translocates to the nucleus to mediate angiogenic factors including the vascular endothelial growth factor A (VEGF-A). AnaeroGen system was developed for microbiology area to create a low oxygen tension required to the growth of anaerobic bacteria. Here, we hypothesized the use of AnaeroGen system to induce hypoxia in T24 human bladder carcinoma cells, in order to promote the overexpression of VEGF-A. T24 cells were cultured in six-well plates containing McCoy medium. Exposures of T24 cells to hypoxia for 1, 8, 24, and 48 h were performed using the Oxoid AnaeroGen system, while T24 cells under normoxia were used as control. The expression of VEGF-A and HIF-1α was analyzed by real-time PCR. ELISA for HIF-1α was carried out. The VEGF-A expression increased significantly by Oxoid AnaeroGen-induced hypoxia in a time-depending manner, reaching the peak in 48 h of hypoxia. Although HIF-1α mRNA was not changed, HIF-1α protein was increased in the presence of hypoxia, reaching a peak at 8 h. These results demonstrated that the Oxoid AnaeroGen system is a simple method to expose T24 cells to hypoxia and efficiently to upregulate VEGF expression in T24 cells.

In vitro cellular & developmental biology. Animal. 2016 Oct 17 [Epub ahead of print]

Jonas Magno Santos Cesário, Rodrigo Barbosa Oliveira Brito, Camila Soares Malta, Chrisna Souza Silva, Yves Silva Teles Matos, Tânia Cristina Macedo Kunz, Jessica Julioti Urbano, Luis Vicente Franco Oliveira, Maria Aparecida Dalboni, Humberto Dellê

Postgraduate Program in Medicine, Universidade Nove de Julho (UNINOVE), Rua Vergueiro, 235, 2° subsolo, São Paulo, São Paulo, 01504-001, Brazil., Sleep Laboratory, Rehabilitation Sciences Master Degree and PhD Program, Nove de Julho University (UNINOVE), São Paulo, Brazil., Postgraduate Program in Medicine, Universidade Nove de Julho (UNINOVE), Rua Vergueiro, 235, 2° subsolo, São Paulo, São Paulo, 01504-001, Brazil. .

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