Figure 9: HER2 knockdown using siRNA attenuates TNF-dependant ERK activation and significantly inhibits IL-8 secretion. HT-29 cells were transfected with control or HER2-specific siRNA and incubated in serum-free media for 48 hrs. Cell lysates were prepared for western blotting as described in Section 2. HER2-specific siRNA reduced HER-2 protein expression but did not alter EGFR expression (a). siRNA-transfected cells were then stimulated with 10 ng/mL TNF-α for 15 mins, or 6 hrs and ERK phosphorylation, and IL-8 secretion measured as described previously ((b) and (c) resp.). Figures are representative of at least 3 separate experiments. *.