Restin expressed in vivo suppresses the growth of tumors in nude mice

Ren Xu, Li Xin, Jing Mei Zhang, Zai Ping Li, Ren Bao Gan

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Restin, a homologous protein of endostatin (62% homology), is the NC domain of collagen XV at C-terminal. The recombinant restin expressed in E. coli had the ability to suppress the proliferation of bovin aortic endothelial cells and cause apoptosis. In this report, mouse restin gene was fused with a sequence of human plasminogen signal peptide by PCR and cloned into eukaryotic expression vector pCDNA3. The plasmid containing restin gene was named pCDNAXV and was transfected into human hepatoma cell line Bel7404. Stable transfected clones were screened and expression of restin was confirmed by RT-PCR and Western blot. The proliferated cells were injected subcutaneusly into nude mice. The growth of tumors formed by cells transfected with restin gene was much slower than that of control group. These results indicated that the expressed restin in vivo could suppress the growth of tumor, and this suppression might be achieved by restraining angiogenesis since the restin had no effect on the proliferation of tumor cells. At the same time, this report provided a new method to investigate the effect of anti-angiogenetic proteins on the tumor growth.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)571-575
Number of pages5
JournalActa Biochimica et Biophysica Sinica
Issue number5
StatePublished - 2002


  • Angiogensis
  • Restin
  • Stable transfection
  • Tumor

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Molecular Biology
  • Biophysics
  • Biochemistry


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