We investigated the relationship between telomerase activity and the expression of human telomerase reverse transcriptase (hTERT) and prostate apoptosis response 4 (Par-4) proteins in laryngocarcinoma cells. Following treatment with short hairpin RNA (shRNA) against hTERT, hTERT protein expression was inhibited, while Par-4 expression was increased. These changes were statistically significant (p<0.05), with Par-4 and hTERT expression being negatively correlated (p<0.05, r=-0.908). However, we found no correlation between telomerase activity and hTERT expression. Our findings suggest that hTERT exerts its anti-apoptotic effects through a telomerase-independent pathway, which is likely to intersect with the Par-4 apoptosis pathway.
- Human telomerase reverse transcriptase
- Prostate apoptosis response 4
- Short hairpin RNA