Mycoplasma hyorhinis reduces sensitivity of human lung carcinoma cells to Nutlin-3 and promotes their malignant phenotype

Uljana A. Boyarskikh, Alexandra S. Shadrina, Mariya A. Smetanina, Yakov A. Tsepilov, Igor P. Oscorbin, Vadim V. Kozlov, Alexander E. Kel, Maxim L. Filipenko

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Purpose: MDM2 inhibitors are promising anticancer agents that induce cell cycle arrest and tumor cells death via p53 reactivation. We examined the influence of Mycoplasma hyorhinis infection on sensitivity of human lung carcinoma cells NCI-H292 to MDM2 inhibitor Nutlin-3. In order to unveil possible mechanisms underlying the revealed effect, we investigated gene expression changes and signal transduction networks activated in NCI-H292 cells in response to mycoplasma infection. Methods: Sensitivity of NCI-Н292 cells to Nutlin-3 was estimated by resazurin-based cell viability assay. Genome-wide transcriptional profiles of NCI-H292 and NCI-Н292Myc.h cell lines were determined using Illumina Human HT-12 v3 Expression BeadChip. Search for key transcription factors and key node molecules was performed using the geneXplain platform. Ability for anchorage-independent growth was tested by soft agar colony formation assay. Results: NCI-Н292Myc.h cells were shown to be 1.5- and 5.2-fold more resistant to killing by Nutlin-3 at concentrations of 15 and 30 µM than uninfected NCI-Н292 cells (P < 0.05 and P < 0.001, respectively). Transcriptome analysis revealed differential expression of multiple genes involved in cancer progression and metastasis as well as epithelial–mesenchymal transition (EMT). Moreover, we have shown experimentally that NCI-Н292Myc.h cells were more capable of growing and dividing without binding to a substrate. The most likely mechanism explaining the observed changes was found to be TLR4- and IL-1b-mediated activation of NF-κB pathway. Conclusions: Our results provide evidence that mycoplasma infection is an important factor modulating the effect of MDM2 inhibitors on cancer cells and is able to induce EMT-related changes.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1289-1300
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Cancer Research and Clinical Oncology
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2018


  • Epithelial–mesenchymal transition
  • Lung cancer
  • MDM2 inhibitor
  • Mycoplasma
  • NF-κB
  • Nutlin-3
  • Epithelial-mesenchymal transition
  • NF-kappa B
  • Humans
  • Middle Aged
  • Transcriptome
  • Drug Resistance, Neoplasm
  • Male
  • Young Adult
  • Imidazoles/pharmacology
  • Lung Neoplasms/drug therapy
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Adult
  • Female
  • Mycoplasma Infections/metabolism
  • Gene Expression/drug effects
  • Mycoplasma hyorhinis/physiology
  • Signal Transduction
  • Piperazines/pharmacology
  • Carcinoma, Non-Small-Cell Lung/drug therapy
  • Cell Line, Tumor
  • Aged
  • Carcinoma, Mucoepidermoid/drug therapy


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