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Matrix Metallopeptidase 14 Plays an Important Role in Regulating Tumorigenic Gene Expression and Invasion Ability of HeLa Cells
  1. Ying-Hui Zhang, MMed*,
  2. Juan-Juan Wang, MMed*,
  3. Min Li, MMed*,
  4. Han-Xi Zheng, BMed,
  5. Lan Xu, PhD and
  6. You-Guo Chen, PhD*
  1. *Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, The First Affiliated Hospital of Soochow University, Suzhou, China; and
  2. Department of Biochemical and Molecular of Medical College, Soochow University, Suzhou, China.
  1. Address correspondence and reprint requests to You-Guo Chen, PhD, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, The First Affiliated Hospital of Soochow University, 188 Shizi St, Suzhou 215006, China. E-mail:; Lan Xu, PhD, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Medical College of Soochow, University, 199 Ren’ai Rd, Suzhou, 215123, China. E-mail:;


Objectives The objectives of this study were to investigate the functional effect of matrix metallopeptidase 14 (MMP14) on cell invasion in cervical cancer cells (HeLa line) and to study the underlying molecular mechanisms.

Methods Expression vector of short hairpin RNA targeting MMP14 was treated in HeLa cells, and then, transfection efficiency was verified by a florescence microscope. Transwell assay was used to investigate cell invasion ability in HeLa cells. Quantitative polymerase chain reaction and Western blotting analysis were used to detect the expression of MMP14 and relative factors in messenger RNA and protein levels, respectively.

Results Matrix metallopeptidase 14 short hairpin RNA expression vector transfection obviously decreased MMP14 expression in messenger RNA and protein levels. Down-regulation of MMP14 suppressed invasion ability of HeLa cells and reduced transforming growth factor β1 and vascular endothelial growth factor B expressions. Furthermore, MMP14 knockdown decreased bone sialoprotein and enhanced forkhead box protein L2 expression in both RNA and protein levels.

Conclusion Matrix metallopeptidase 14 plays an important role in regulating invasion of HeLa cells. Matrix metallopeptidase 14 knockdown contributes to attenuating the malignant phenotype of cervical cancer cell.

  • MMP14
  • Cervical cancer
  • Invasion
  • HeLa cells

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  • This study was supported by The National Natural Science Foundation of China (31470796) and the Suzhou Applied Basic Medical and Health Innovation Subject (SYS201315).

  • The authors declare no conflicts of interest.