Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications, Vol.484, No.2, 409-415, 2017
Targeting hexokinase II as a possible therapy for cholangiocarcinoma
Overexpression of hexokinase 2 (HKII) has been demonstrated in various cancers. A number of in vitro and in vivo studies in several cancers show the significance of HKII in many cellular processes including proliferation, metastasis and apoptosis. However, the role of HKII in Opisthorchis viverrini (Ov) associated cholangiocarcinoma (CCA) is still unknown. In the present study, the expression and roles of HKII were determined in Ov associated CCA. The expression of HKII was investigated in 82 patients with histologically proven CCAs by immunohistochemistry. HKII was distinctively expressed in CCA tissues. It was rarely expressed in normal bile duct epithelium, but was expressed in hyperplastic/idysplastic and in 82% of CCA bile ducts. The observation was confirmed in the Ov associated hamster model. Suppression of HKII expression using siRNA significantly decreased cell proliferation, migration and invasion of CCA cell lines. Similar results were obtained using lonidamine (LND), an inhibitor of HK. LND significantly inhibited growth of 4 CCA cell lines tested in dose and time dependent fashion. Comparison the cytotoxic effects of LND and siRNA-HKII suggests the off target of LND above 100 mu M. In addition, LND in noncytotoxic doses could suppress migration and invasion of CCA cells. These results indicate the association of HKII in cholangiocarcinogenesis and progression and suggest the possibility of HKII as a therapeutic target for CCA. (C) 2017 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.