Nasopharyngeal carcinoma (NPC) is a common tumor in south China. Kinesin family member 2A (KIF2A) belongs to the kinesin-13 family and is associated with the growth and invasion of a number of different types of human cancer, including ovarian, breast and prostate cancer. The aim of the present study was to evaluate the expression of KIF2A in NPC and explore the relationship between KIF2A and the basic characteristics of 5-8F cells. Immunohistochemistry was performed on tissues from 97 patients with NPC to assess KIF2A protein expression. KIF2A was knocked down by a specific short interfering (si)RNA in 5-8F cell lines. Cell proliferation, apoptosis and cycle were analyzed by MTT assay and flow cytometry. The invasive ability and angiogenesis were evaluated by Matrigel assay and reverse transcription-quantitative PCR. The level of KIF2A was associated with the growth and migration of primary tumor, nodal status and tumor stage. The viability of KIF2A-knockdown cells was decreased compared with that of the control cells. The number of apoptotic cells, as well as the percentage of cells in the G0/G1 phase, was higher in the KIF2A siRNA group compared with the control group. The invasive and angiogenetic ability of 5-8F cells in the KIF2A siRNA group was decreased compared with the control group. In conclusion, the expression of KIF2A correlated with the poor clinicopathological features in NPC. Therefore, KIF2A may serve an important role in the progression of NPC and proliferation of 5-8F cells, which might present a potential therapeutic target for patients with NPC.
Keywords: 5-8F cells; clinicopathological features; kinesin family member 2A; nasopharyngeal carcinoma.