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Exposure to Cadmium Telluride Quantum Dots and Gene Expression Profile of Huh-7 Hepatocellular Carcinoma Cell Line.pdf (2.11 MB)

Exposure to cadmium telluride quantum dots and gene expression profile of Huh-7 hepatocellular carcinoma cell line

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posted on 2023-09-12, 09:46 authored by Hani Alothaid, Mashael R Al-Anazi, Arwa A Al-Qahtani, Dilek Colak, Azeez Yusuf, Mohammed S Aldughaim, Ali M Mahzari, Mahmoud M Habibullah, Saud Alarifi, Saad Alkahtani, Ahmed A Al-Qahtani

Nanoparticles have shown promising potential for efficient drug delivery, circumventing biological interferences like immunological and renal clearance and mechanical and enzymatic destruction. However, a handful of research papers have questioned the biomedical use of metal-based nanoparticles like cadmium telluride quantum dots (CdTe-QDs) for their cytotoxic, genotoxic, and carcinogenic potential. Herein, we examined the effects of CdTe-QD NPs on gene expression profile of hepatocellular carcinoma (Huh-7) cell line. Huh-7 cells were treated with CdTe-QD NPs (10 μg/ml for 6, 12, and 24 hours, and 25 μg/ml for 6 and 12 hours), and transcriptomic analysis was performed using microarray to evaluate the global gene expression profile. Differential expressed genes (DEGs) were observed for both the doses (10 and 25 μg/ml) of CdTe-QD NPs at different time points. Gene ontology (GO) analysis revealed that genes involved in molecular function of cell cycle, organizational injury and abnormalities, cell death and survival, gene expression, cancer, organismal survival, and cellular development were differentially expressed. Overall, we have demonstrated differential expression of several genes, involved in maintaining cell survival, metabolism, and genome integrity. These findings were confirmed by RT-qPCR study for some canonical pathway genes signifying possible implication in NP toxicity-mediated cell survival and inhibition of cell death.



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Alothaid H, et al. Exposure to cadmium telluride quantum dots and gene expression profile of Huh-7 hepatocellular carcinoma cell line. Dose Response. 2023;21(3):15593258231185457.

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24 August 2023

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