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Inhibiting GLUT-1 expression and PI3K/Akt signaling using apigenin improves the radiosensitivity of laryngeal carcinoma in vivo

Hypoxia is an important factor in radioresistance of laryngeal carcinoma. Glucose transporter-1 (GLUT-1) is an important hypoxic marker in malignant tumors, including laryngeal carcinoma. Apigenin is a natural phytoestrogen flavonoid that has potential anticancer effects. Various studies have reported that the effects of apigenin on lowering GLUT-1 expression were involved in downregulation of the PI3K/Akt pathway. Thus, apigenin may improve the radiosensitivity of laryngeal carcinoma by suppressing the expression of GLUT-1 via the PI3K/Akt pathway. The effect of GLUT-1 and PI3K/Akt pathway-related factor expressions by apigenin or antisense oligonucleotides (AS-ODNs) on the radiosensitivity of laryngeal carcinoma in vivo was assessed. The xenograft volume, xenograft weight and apoptosis detection were performed to determine radiosensitivity. The results showed that apigenin or apigenin plus GLUT-1 AS-ODNs improved the radiosensitivity of xenografts. Apigenin or apigenin plus GLUT-1 reduced the expression of GLUT-1, Akt, and PI3K mRNA after X-ray radiation. We found similar results at the protein level. The results suggest that the effects of apigenin on inhibiting xenograft growth and enhancing xenograft radiosensitivity may be associated with suppressing the expression of GLUT-1 via the PI3K/Akt pathway. In addition, apigenin may enhance the effects of GLUT-1 AS-ODNs via the same mechanism.

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