Inhibition of autophagy enhances cisplatin cytotoxicity in human adenoid cystic carcinoma cells of salivary glands.

Research paper by Ben B Ma, Li-zhong LZ Liang, Gui-qing GQ Liao, Yu-jie YJ Liang, Hai-chao HC Liu, Guang-sen GS Zheng, Yu-xiong YX Su

Indexed on: 18 Apr '13Published on: 18 Apr '13Published in: Journal of Oral Pathology & Medicine


The relationship between autophagy and chemotherapy in cancer has been studied a lot recent years. However, there is currently no study on the role of autophagy in chemotherapy of adenoid cystic carcinoma (ACC) of human salivary glands. We hypothesized that autophagy plays a protective role for human salivary gland ACC cells during chemotherapy, diminishes the effect of treatment, and ultimately results in poor sensitivity to chemotherapy.After inhibition of autophagy by 5 mM 3-methyladenine (3MA), 20 μM Chloroquine (CQ), or Beclin-1 shRNA, we examined the sensitivity of human salivary gland ACC cells to different concentrations of cis-diamminedichloroplatinum (CDDP) using MTT assay. Also, levels of autophagy in ACC cells treated by CDDP were assessed by western blot, GFP-LC3 fluorescence and transmission electron microscopy (TEM).Inhibition of autophagy induced by 3MA, CQ, or Beclin-1 shRNA could all enhance human salivary gland ACC cell death treated by CDDP. And, levels of autophagy in these cells showed a significant increase after treated by CDDP.Autophagy played a protective role for human salivary gland ACC cells during CDDP chemotherapy. Inhibition of autophagy in these cells could enhance cisplatin cytotoxicity-effects. These findings indicate a novel and promising way to reduce chemotherapy resistance and improve treatment outcome in human salivary gland ACC.