DOPE, Chol, RIPA buffer, bicinchoninic acid (BCA) kit were obtained from Sigma-Aldrich (St. Louis, MO, USA). 2-[-(2-hydroxyethyl) piperazinyl]-ethanesulphonic acid (HEPES), ethidium bromide (10 mg/ml), tris(hydroxymethyl)-aminomethane hydrochloride (Tris HCl), 3-(4,5-dimethylthiazol-2-yl)-2,5-diphenyltetrazolium bromide (MTT), acridine orange (AO), ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid (EDTA), phosphate buffered saline tablets (PBS), sodium carbonate (Na 2CO 3) and sodium bicarbonate (NaHCO 3) were supplied by Merck (Darmstadt, Germany). The siGENOME non-targeting siRNA #1 (D-001210-01-20), ON-TARGETplus SMARTpool Human MYC (4609) siRNA (L-003282-02-0020), 5× siRNA buffer (B-002000-UB-100, 0.3M KCl, 30mM HEPES, 1mM MgCl 2, pH 7.5) and molecular grade RNase-free water (B-003000-WB-100) were purchased from Thermo Scientific Dharmacon Products (Lafayette, CO, USA). Ultrapure agarose powder and Lipofectamine 3000 reagent were procured from Invitrogen (Carlsbad, CA, USA). Sodium dodecylsulphate (SDS), iScript genomic DNA (gDNA) clear complementary DNA (cDNA) Synthesis Kit (1725035), SsoAdvanced Universal SYBR ® Green Supermix (1725272), PrimePCR SYBR ® Green Assay: MYC, Human (Unique Assay ID: qHsaCID0012921); PrimePCR SYBR ® Green Assay: ACTB, Human (Unique Assay ID: qHsaCED0036269), PrimePCR Template for SYBR ® Green Assay: MYC, Human; PrimePCR Template for SYBR ® Green Assay: ACTB, Hard-Shell ® 96-well PCR plates, 0.2 ml PCR tube strips, 10× Tris-buffered saline (TBS), 10% Tween 20, nonionic detergent; and blotting-grade blocker (non-fat dry milk), were supplied by Bio-Rad Laboratories (Richmond, CA). MCF 7 and HT-29 cells were obtained from the American Type Culture Collection (Manassas, VA, USA). Eagle’s Minimum Essential Medium (EMEM) with L-glutamine, Fetal bovine serum (FBS), trypsin-EDTA and penicillin/streptomycin mixture (10 000 U/ml penicillin, 10 000 μg/ml streptomycin) were purchased from Lonza BioWhittaker (Verviers, Belgium). All sterile plasticware were obtained from Corning Inc. (Corning, NY, USA). TRIzol ® reagent (15596-026), c- MYC epitope tag antibody 9E11 (AHO0052), goat anti-mouse IgG2A secondary antibody, horseradish peroxidase (HRP) conjugate were obtained from Life Technologies (Carlsbad, CA, USA). β-actin antibody was purchased from Santa Cruz (Santa Cruz, CA, USA). Ultrapure 18 Mohm water was used throughout. All other reagents were of analytical grade.