In Kei Lam

University of Macau, Macau, Concelho de Macau, Macao

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    ABSTRACT: Polymethoxylated flavonoids are present in citrus fruit in a range of chemical structures and abundance. These compounds have potential for anticarcinogenesis, antitumor, and cardiovascular protective activity, but the effect on angiogenesis has not been well studied. Human umbilical vein endothelial cells (HUVECs) in vitro and zebrafish (Danio rerio) in vivo models were used to screen and identify the antiangiogenesis activity of seven polymethoxylated flavonoids; namely, hesperetin, naringin, neohesperidin, nobiletin, scutellarein, scutellarein tetramethylether, and sinensetin. Five, excluding naringin and neohesperidin, showed different degrees of potency of antiangiogenesis activity. Sinensetin, which had the most potent antiangiogenesis activity and the lowest toxicity, inhibited angiogenesis by inducing cell cycle arrest in the G0/G1 phase in HUVEC culture and downregulating the mRNA expressions of angiogenesis genes flt1, kdrl, and hras in zebrafish. The in vivo structure-activity relationship (SAR) analysis indicated that a flavonoid with a methoxylated group at the C3' position offers a stronger antiangiogenesis activity, whereas the absence of a methoxylated group at the C8 position offers lower lethal toxicity in addition to enhancing the antiangiogenesis activity. This study provides new insight into how modification of the chemical structure of polymethoxylated flavonoids affects this newly identified antiangiogenesis activity.
    Molecular Nutrition & Food Research 06/2012; 56(6):945-56. · 4.31 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Traditional Chinese medicinal herbs are a rich source of compounds with reported anti-inflammatory and anti-carcinogenic effects. Growing evidence shows the codependence of chronic inflammation and angiogenesis, and the potential benefits of targeting angiogenesis in the treatment of chronic inflammation and targeting inflammation in the treatment of diseases with impaired angiogenesis. We hypothesized that the anti-inflammatory activity of the natural compounds may owe at least some of its efficacy to their anti-angiogenic activity and hence we investigated the anti-angiogenic activity of these compounds in vivo in zebrafish embryos and in vitro in human umbilical vein endothelial cells (HUVECs). Nobiletin, a polymethoxylated flavonoid from citrus fruits, showed anti-angiogenic activity in both assays. Nobiletin inhibited the formation of intersegmental vessels (ISVs) in live transgenic zebrafish embryos expressing green fluorescent protein (GFP) in the vasculature. Cell cycle analysis of dissociated zebrafish embryo cells showed that nobiletin induced G0/G1 phase accumulation in a dose-dependent manner in GFP-positive endothelial cells. Nobiletin also dose-dependently induced VEGF-A mRNA expression. In HUVECs, nobiletin inhibited endothelial cell proliferation and, to a greater extent, tube formation in a dose-dependent manner. As in the in vivo study, nobiletin induced G0/G1 cell cycle arrest in HUVECs. However, this arrest was not accompanied by an increase in apoptosis, indicating a cytostatic effect of nobiletin. This study, for the first time, identifies nobiletin as having potent anti-angiogenic activity and suggests that nobiletin has a great potential for future research and development as a cytostatic anti-proliferative agent.
    Journal of Cellular Biochemistry 07/2011; 112(11):3313-21. · 3.06 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Indirubin is an active ingredient of the traditional Chinese medicine, Dang Gui Long Hui Wan, commonly used for the treatment of chronic myelocytic leukemia (CML) and other inflammatory conditions. These anti-leukemic and anti-inflammatory activities may be mediated by anti-angiogenic action. To investigate the anti-angiogenic activity of indirubin, we tested its inhibitory effect on blood vessel formation in zebrafish embryos and on endothelial cell proliferation in culture. The anti-angiogenic activity of indirubin was tested using transgenic zebrafish embryos with fluorescent vasculature and human umbilical vein endothelial cells (HUVECs). Apoptosis was analyzed with a terminal deoxynucleotidyl transferase mediated dUTP nick end labeling (TUNEL) assay. Indirubin dose-dependently inhibited intersegmental vessel formation in zebrafish embryos. It also inhibited HUVEC proliferation by the induction of cellular apoptosis and cell-cycle arrest at the G0/G1 phase. The anti-angiogenic activity of indirubin may partly contribute to its anti-leukemic and anti-psoriatic properties and may be valuable for the treatment of diseases with excessive angiogenesis. The zebrafish model of angiogenesis was further validated in this study.
    Journal of ethnopharmacology 09/2010; 131(2):242-7. · 2.32 Impact Factor