Document Type : Research articles


1 MSc Student of Genetics, Department of Genetics, Faculty of Basic Sciences, Tabriz Branch, Islamic Azad University, Tabriz, Iran.

2 Assistant Professor, Department of Genetics, Faculty of Advanced Science and Technology, Tehran Medical Sciences Branch, Islamic Azad University, Tehran, Iran. 2. Medical Genomics Research Center, Tehran Medical Sciences Branch, Islamic Azad University, Tehran, Iran.

3 Assistant Professor, Department of Genetics, Faculty of Basic Sciences, Tabriz Branch, Islamic Azad University


Background: Colorectal cancer (CRC) has already been considered the fourth leading cause of mortality worldwide as the genes involved in apoptotic pathways and alterations of reversible epigenetic have an important role in the progression of CRC.     
Objectives: The current study aimed to evaluate the effect of sodium butyrate as a histone deacetylase inhibitor on the alterations of the gene expression of FAS, Fas ligand (FASL), Death receptor 4 (DR4), Death receptor 5 (DR5), and tumor necrosis factor-related apoptosis-inducing ligand (TRAIL) in HCT-116 CRC cell line.
Methods: HCT-116 cell line was cultured in Dulbecco?s Modified Eagle Medium. The cytotoxicity effect of sodium butyrate on HCT-116 was evaluated using 3-(4, 5-dimethylthiazol-2-yl)-2, 5- diphenyltetrazolium bromide assay for three incubation times (i.e., 24, 48, and 72 h). The half-maximal inhibitory concentration (IC50) values were determined. The optimum concentration was within the range of 6.25-200 mM. The cellular ribonucleic acid was extracted, and complementary deoxyribonucleic acid was synthesized. Finally, the alterations of the gene expression of FAS, FASL, DR4, DR5, and TRAIL were assessed by real-time polymerase chain reaction (PCR).
Results: The IC50 levels for three incubation times were 50, 12.5, and 6.25 mM, respectively. The obtained results of real-time PCR demonstrated a significant increase in the gene expression of TRAIL, DR5, and FAS in comparison to that of the untreated cells as the control group at the three incubation times. The DR4 gene expression significantly increased in comparison to that reported for the control group at 48 and 72 h of incubation. In addition, FASL gene expression remarkably decreased at the three incubation times.
Conclusion: Sodium butyrate could show cytotoxicity effect on CRC cell lines through the induction of death receptors in the extrinsic apoptotic pathway. The obtained results of this study revealed that the optimum effect of sodium butyrate is an incubation time-dependent and concentration-dependent manner.


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