siRNA targeted against matrix metalloproteinase 11 inhibits the metastatic capability of murine hepatocarcinoma cell Hca-F to lymph nodes

Int J Biochem Cell Biol. 2007;39(11):2049-62. doi: 10.1016/j.biocel.2007.05.023. Epub 2007 Jun 12.


Matrix metalloproteinase-11 (MMP-11) belongs to the particular member of MMP family, a group of zinc-dependent endopeptidases involved in tumor progression, invasion and metastasis. MMP-11 is strongly expressed in tumor cells and stromal fibroblasts located in the immediate vicinity of tumor. This study investigated the possible role of MMP-11 expression in mouse hepatocarcinoma cell line Hca-F with highly lymphatic metastasis potential by RNA interference (RNAi) approach. The results showed that a small interfering RNA (siRNA) targeted against MMP-11 significantly impeded Hca-F cells proliferation and colony formation in soft agar, as well as resulted in Hca-F cell apoptosis. This reduction of MMP-11 expression also led to the decreased migration and adhesion of Hca-F cells dramatically both in vitro and in vivo. Furthermore, in vivo metastasis assay indicated that down-regulation of MMP-11 expression in Hca-F cells attenuated the metastatic potential of Hca-F cells to peripheral lymph nodes. These data together provide compelling evidence into the function of MMP-11 and suggest that MMP-11 act as a tumor lymphatic metastasis-associated gene, and could represent a new potential target for gene therapy.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Apoptosis / drug effects
  • Carcinoma, Hepatocellular / enzymology*
  • Carcinoma, Hepatocellular / genetics
  • Carcinoma, Hepatocellular / pathology*
  • Cell Adhesion / drug effects
  • Cell Line, Tumor
  • Cell Movement / drug effects
  • Cell Proliferation / drug effects
  • Gene Expression Regulation, Neoplastic / drug effects
  • Gene Silencing
  • Immunohistochemistry
  • Liver Neoplasms / enzymology*
  • Liver Neoplasms / genetics
  • Liver Neoplasms / pathology*
  • Lymph Nodes / drug effects
  • Lymph Nodes / pathology*
  • Matrix Metalloproteinase 11 / genetics
  • Matrix Metalloproteinase 11 / metabolism
  • Matrix Metalloproteinase Inhibitors*
  • Mice
  • Neoplasm Metastasis
  • RNA, Messenger / genetics
  • RNA, Messenger / metabolism
  • RNA, Small Interfering / pharmacology*


  • Matrix Metalloproteinase Inhibitors
  • RNA, Messenger
  • RNA, Small Interfering
  • Matrix Metalloproteinase 11