Identification of cervical cancer proteins associated with treatment with paclitaxel and cisplatin in patients

Huiling Liu, Yin Han, Ruoran Mi, Ying Zhang, Gang Su, Hailin Wang, Xin Zhou, Xiangwen Liu, Bingdong Zhu

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Objective: Neoadjuvant chemotherapy (NAC) with paclitaxel (T) and cisplatin (P) was commonly used for the treatment of cervical cancer. However, little is known about the antineoplastic mechanism of NAC with TP in patient tissues in situ. In this study, we compared the proteomic profiles of cervical cancer in patients before and after NAC with TP to identify proteins that may shed light on the mechanism of TP action. Methods: We collected cervical cancer tissues pre- and post-NAC with TP from 6 patients with local advanced cervical cancer and stored them at -80°C. Proteomes of 2 groups of cervical cancer tissues were analyzed by 2-dimensional gel electrophoresis and the differentially expressed proteins were identified by matrix-assisted laser desorption/ ionization time-of-flight tandem mass spectrometry. Some proteins that are differentially expressed were confirmed by Western blot. Results: There were 13 proteins whose levels were significantly altered after NAC with TP. Compared with pre-NAC, 11 proteins were down-regulated, and 2 proteins were up-regulated in the post-NAC group. The down-regulated proteins were aldolase A, pyruvate kinase, enolase 1, heat shock protein 27 (HSP27), HSP70, actinin α1, lamin B1, eukaryotic translation elongation factor 1γ, annexin 1, epithelial cell marker protein1, keratin II-type. In contrast, apolipoprotein A1 and annexin V were up-regulated. The down-regulation of HSP27, HSP70, enolase 1, and aldolase A was verified by Western blot. Conclusions: Differentially expressed proteins between cervical cancer tissues pre- and post-NAC with TP were identified by comparative proteomic approach. The NAC therapy with TP down-regulated proteins involved in energy production (glycolytic enzymes) and chaperones but up-regulated proteins involved in apoptosis. These findings shed new light on biomarkers associated with effect of chemotherapy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1452-1457
Number of pages6
JournalInternational Journal of Gynecological Cancer
Issue number8
StatePublished - Nov 1 2011


  • Cervical carcinoma
  • Cisplatin
  • Neoadjuvant chemotherapy
  • Paclitaxel
  • Proteomics

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology


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