Silence of bFGF enhances chemosensitivity of glioma cells to temozolomide through the MAPK signal pathway

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Abstract

Basic fibroblast growth factor (bFGF) is a multifunctional growth factor in glioma cells and has been proved to be associated with the grade malignancy of glioma and prognosis of patients. Although there is evidence showing that bFGF plays an important role in proliferation, differentiation, angiogenesis, and survival of glioma cells, the effect of bFGF on chemosensitivity of glioma has not been verified. In this study, we analyzed the relationship between bFGF and chemotherapy resistance, with the objective of offering new strategy for chemotherapy of glioma patients. Here, siRNA was used to silence the expression of bFGF in glioma cell lines including U87 and U251 followed by chemotherapy of temozolomide (TMZ). Then, the characters of glioma including proliferation, apoptosis, migration, and cell cycle were studied in U87 and U251 cell lines. Our results demonstrated that silencing bFGF enhanced the effect of TMZ by inhibiting proliferation and migration, blocking cell cycle in G0/G1, and promoting apoptosis. In addition, the phosphorylation level of MAPK was measured to explore the mechanism of chemosensitization. The results showed that bFGF could promote the activation of the MAPK signal pathway. Our data indicated that bFGF might be a potential target for chemotherapy through the MAPK signal pathway.

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