Plumbagin induces cell cycle arrest and apoptosis through reactive oxygen species/c-Jun N-terminal kinase pathways in human melanoma A375.S2 cells.
ABSTRACT This study is the first to investigate the anticancer effect of plumbagin in human melanoma A375.S2 cells. Plumbagin exhibited effective cell growth inhibition by inducing cancer cells to undergo S-G2/M phase arrest and apoptosis. Further investigation revealed that plumbagin's inhibition of cell growth was also evident in a nude mice model. Blockade of cell cycle was associated with increased levels of p21, and reduced amounts of cyclin B1, cyclin A, Cdc2, and Cdc25C. Plumbagin also enhanced the levels of inactivated phosphorylated Cdc2 and Cdc25C. Plumbagin triggered the mitochondrial apoptotic pathway indicated by a change in Bax/Bcl-2 ratios, resulting in caspase-9 activation. We also found the generation of ROS is a critical mediator in plumbagin-induced cell growth inhibition. Plumbagin increased the activation of apoptosis signal-regulating kinase 1, JNK and extracellular signal-regulated kinase 1/2 (ERK1/2), but not p38. In addition, antioxidants vitamin C and catalase significantly decreased plumbagin-mediated c-Jun N-terminal kinase (JNK) activation and apoptosis. Moreover, blocking ERK and JNK by specific inhibitors suppressed plumbagin-triggered mitochondrial apoptotic pathway. Taken together, these results imply a critical role for ROS and JNK in the plumbagin's anticancer activity.
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ABSTRACT: Plumbagin (5-hydroxy-2-methyl-1,4-naphthoquinone) is a naphthoquinone derivative from the roots of plant Plumbago zeylanica and belongs to one of the largest and diverse groups of plant metabolites. The anticancer and antiproliferative activities of plumbagin have been observed in animal models as well as in cell cultures. Plumbagin exerts inhibitory effects on multiple cancer-signaling proteins, however, the binding mode and the molecular interactions have not yet been elucidated for most of these protein targets. The present study is the first attempt to provide structural insights into the binding mode of plumbagin to five cancer signaling proteins viz. PI3Kγ, AKT1/PKBα, Bcl-2, NF-κB, and Stat3 using molecular docking and (un)binding simulation analysis. We validated plumbagin docking to these targets with previously known important residues. The study also identified and characterized various novel interacting residues of these targets which mediate the binding of plumbagin. Moreover, the exact modes of inhibition when multiple mode of inhibition existed was also shown. Results indicated that the engaging of these important interacting residues in plumbagin binding leads to inhibition of these cancer-signaling proteins which are key players in the pathogenesis of cancer and thereby ceases the progression of the disease.PLoS ONE 01/2014; 9(2):e87309. · 3.73 Impact Factor
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ABSTRACT: Plumbagin (PLB) has shown anti-cancer activity but the mechanism is unclear. This study has found that PLB has a potent pro-apoptotic and pro-autophagic effect on A549 and H23 cells. PLB arrests cells in G2/M phase, and increases the intracellular level of reactive oxygen species in both cell lines. PLB dose-dependently induces autophagy through inhibition of PI3K/Akt/mTOR pathway as indicated by reduced the phosphorylation of Akt and mTOR. Inhibition or induction of autophagy enhances PLB-induced apoptosis. There is crosstalk between PLB-induced apoptosis and autophagy. These findings indicate that PLB initiates both apoptosis and autophagy in NSCLC cells through coordinated pathways.Cancer letters 11/2013; · 4.86 Impact Factor
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ABSTRACT: Plumbagin (PL) has been reported to exhibit anti-carcinogenic, anti-inflammatory and analgesic activities, but little is known about its mechanism. In this study, we investigated the anti-inflammatory property of PL and its mechanism of action. Although no significant cytotoxicity of PL was observed over the concentration range tested, PL (2.5-7.5μM) significantly and dose-dependently suppressed the secretion of pro-inflammatory mediators and inhibited the expression of TNF-α, IL-1β, IL-6 and iNOS in LPS-stimulated RAW 264.7 cells. Furthermore, PL consistently suppressed the activity of iNOS in LPS-induced RAW 264.7 cells. To elucidate the mechanism underlying the anti-inflammatory activity of PL, we assessed the effects of PL on the MAPK pathway and the activity and expression of NF-κB. These experiments demonstrated that PL significantly reduced the luciferase activity of an NF-κB promoter reporter and p65 nuclear translocation. The LPS-induced phosphorylation of MAP kinases was also attenuated by PL; significant changes were observed in the levels of phosphorylated ERK1/2, JNK and p38 MAPK. Additionally, MAPK inhibitors confirmed the inhibitory effect of PL on the MAPK pathway. Taken together, these data suggest that PL exerts its anti-inflammatory effects by down-regulating the expression of pro-inflammatory mediators through inhibition of NF-κB and MAPK signaling in LPS-stimulated RAW 264.7 cells.Food and chemical toxicology: an international journal published for the British Industrial Biological Research Association 11/2013; · 2.99 Impact Factor