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1,1-Bis(3′-indolyl)-1-(p-bromophenyl)methane and related compounds repress survivin and decrease γ-radiation-induced survivin in colon and pancreatic cancer cells

Department of Veterinary Physiology and Pharmacology, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX 77843-4466, USA.
International Journal of Oncology (Impact Factor: 3.03). 11/2009; 35(5):1191-9. DOI: 10.3892/ijo_00000436
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ABSTRACT 1,1-Bis(3'-indolyl)-1-(p-bromophenyl)methane (DIM-C-pPhBr) and the 2,2'-dimethyl analog (2,2'-diMeDIM-C-pPhBr) inhibit proliferation and induce apoptosis in SW480 colon and Panc28 pancreatic cancer cells. In this study, treatment with 10-20 microM concentrations of these compounds for 24 h induced cleaved PARP and decreased survivin protein and mRNA expression in both cell lines. However, results of time course studies show that DIM-C-pPhBr and 2,2'-diMeDIM-C-pPhBr decrease survivin protein within 2 h after treatment, whereas survivin mRNA levels were decreased only at later time-points indicating activation of transcription-independent and -dependent pathways for downregulation of survivin. In addition, we also observed that gamma-radiation inhibited pancreatic and colon cancer cell growth and this was associated with enhanced expression of survivin after 24 (SW480) or 24 and 48 h (Panc28) and correlated with previous studies on the role of survivin in radiation-resistance. However, in cells co-treated with gamma-radiation plus DIM-C-pPhBr or 2,2'-diMeDIM-C-pPhBr, induction of survivin by gamma-radiation was inhibited after co-treatment with both compounds, suggesting applications for these drugs in combination cancer chemotherapy with gamma-radiation.

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