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Assessment the Effect of Human Umbilical Cord Wharton's Jelly Stem Cells on the Exprssion of Homing Genes; CXCR4 and VLA-4 in Cell Lline of Breast Cancer


Background: Breast cancer is the most common cancer in women.  The prevalence of breast cancer in Western women is one in eight.  Although the prevalence of breast cancer in Iran is lower than in Western countries (one in every 10-12 women), the incidence of breast cancer in it is 5-10 years earlier than in Western countries. Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death among women after lung cancer. Therefore, finding new therapeutic methods could potentially help to reduce breast cancer mortality and increase the survival rate. Wharton jelly stem cells with mesenchymal morphology play an important role in inhibiting the progression of ovarian, osteosarcoma, and breast cancer by inducing apoptoses and reducing metastasis. Several environmental and genetic factors are involved in the occurrence of breast cancer. CXCR4 and VLA-4 genes are important genetic factors in breast cancer that play a role in cell survival, migration, proliferation and metastasis of several types of cancer, especially breast cancer. Therefore, inhibition of these two genes by Wharton's Jelly Stem Cells could be a novel and effective therapeutic target in breast cancer.  The aim of this study was to investigate the effect of Wharton jelly stem cells secretion on the expression of CXCR4 and VLA-4 genes in cancer cells.

Materials and Methods: These cells were exposed to Wharton's Jelly Stem Cells after culturing breast cancer cells. RNA was extracted from treated cells. The expression of CXCR4 and VLA-4 genes was evaluated by real-time PCR.

Results: The results of the MTT and Scratching tests showed a significant difference compared to the control group. Also, the results of Real-time PCR showed a significant decrease in the expression of CXCR4 and VLA-4 genes compared to the control group.

Conclusion: The results of this study showed that different concentrations of Wharton Jelly Stem Cells Reduce Cancer Cell Growth and Expression of CXCR-4 and VLA-4 Homing Genes in Breast Cancer Cell Line. Therefore, it can be considered that Wharton Jelly Stem Cells can be suggested as an effective treatment for breast cancer.

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DOI https://doi.org/10.18502/ijhoscr.v16i2.9204
Wharton jelly; CXCR4; VLA-4 genes; Breast cancer

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Vahdanikia V, Maleki M, Asl Irani Fam R, Abdi A. Assessment the Effect of Human Umbilical Cord Wharton’s Jelly Stem Cells on the Exprssion of Homing Genes; CXCR4 and VLA-4 in Cell Lline of Breast Cancer. Int J Hematol Oncol Stem Cell Res. 2022;16(2):110-116.