Growth hormone-releasing hormone antagonist inhibits the invasiveness of human endometrial cancer cells by downregulating twist and N-cadherin expression

Hsien Ming Wu, Hong Yuan Huang, Andrew V Schally, Angel Chao, Hung Hsueh Chou, Peter C K Leung, Hsin Shih Wang

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More than 25% of patients diagnosed with endometrial carcinoma have invasive primary cancer accompanied by metastases. Growth hormone-releasing hormone (GHRH) plays an important role in reproduction. Here, we examined the effect of a GHRH antagonist on the motility of endometrial cancer cells and the mechanisms of action of the antagonist in endometrial cancer. Western blotting and immunohistochemistry (IHC) were used to determine the expression of the GHRH receptor protein. The activity of Twist and N-cadherin was determined by Western blotting. Cell motility was assessed by an invasion and migration assay. GHRH receptor siRNA was applied to knockdown the GHRH receptor in endometrial cancer cells. The GHRH antagonist inhibited cell motility in a dose-dependent manner. The GHRH antagonist inhibited cell motility and suppressed the expression of Twist and N-cadherin, and the suppression was abolished by GHRH receptor siRNA pretreatment. Moreover, the inhibition of Twist and N-cadherin with Twist siRNA and N-cadherin siRNA, respectively, suppressed cell motility. Our study indicates that the GHRH antagonist inhibited the cell motility of endometrial cancer cells through the GHRH receptor via the suppression of Twist and N-cadherin. Our findings represent a new concept in the mechanism of GHRH antagonist-suppressed cell motility in endometrial cancer cells and suggest the possibility of exploring GHRH antagonists as potential therapeutics for the treatment of human endometrial cancer.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)4410-4421
Number of pages12
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2017



  • Endometrial cancer
  • GHRH antagonist
  • Invasion
  • N-cadherin
  • Twist

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology

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