[show abstract][hide abstract] ABSTRACT: NF-kappaB acts as a signal transducer during tumor progression, cell invasion, and metastasis. Dimethylfumarate (DMF) is reported to inhibit tumor necrosis factor-alpha-induced nuclear entry of NF-kappaB/p65. However, only a few reports suggest that DMF inhibits tumor metastasis; also the molecular mechanisms underlying the inhibition of metastasis are poorly understood. We investigated the inhibition of tumor invasion and metastasis by DMF in a melanoma cell line, B16BL6. DMF inhibited B16BL6 cell invasion and metastasis by suppressing the expression and activities of MMPs. DMF also inhibited the nuclear entry of NF-kappaB/p65, thus inhibiting B16BL6 cell invasion and metastasis. These results suggest that DMF is potentially useful as an anti-metastatic agent for the treatment of malignant melanoma.
Cell Biology International 08/2009; 33(10):1087-94. · 1.64 Impact Factor
[show abstract][hide abstract] ABSTRACT: In melanoma, several signaling pathways are constitutively activated. Among these, the protein kinase C (PKC) signaling pathways are activated through multiple signal transduction molecules and appear to play major roles in melanoma progression. Recently, it has been reported that tamoxifen, an anti-estrogen reagent, inhibits PKC signaling in estrogen-negative and estrogen-independent cancer cell lines. Thus, we investigated whether tamoxifen inhibited tumor cell invasion and metastasis in mouse melanoma cell line B16BL6. Tamoxifen significantly inhibited lung metastasis, cell migration, and invasion at concentrations that did not show anti-proliferative effects on B16BL6 cells. Tamoxifen also inhibited the mRNA expressions and protein activities of matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs). Furthermore, tamoxifen suppressed phosphorylated extracellular signal-regulated kinase 1/2 (ERK1/2) and Akt through the inhibition of PKCalpha and PKCdelta phosphorylation. However, other signal transduction factor, such as p38 mitogen-activated protein kinase (p38MAPK) was unaffected. The results indicate that tamoxifen suppresses the PKC/mitogen-activated protein kinase kinase (MEK)/ERK and PKC/phosphatidylinositol-3 kinase (PI3K)/Akt pathways, thereby inhibiting B16BL6 cell migration, invasion, and metastasis. Moreover, tamoxifen markedly inhibited not only developing but also clinically evident metastasis. These findings suggest that tamoxifen has potential clinical applications for the treatment of tumor cell metastasis.
Experimental Cell Research 05/2009; 315(12):2022-32. · 3.56 Impact Factor
[show abstract][hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Osteolytic lesions are rapidly progressive during the terminal stages of myeloma, and the bone pain or bone fracture that occurs at these lesions decreases the patients' quality of life to a notable degree. In relation to the etiology of this bone destruction, it has been reported recently that MIP-1alpha, produced in large amounts in myeloma patients, acts indirectly on osteoclastic precursor cells, and activates osteoclasts by way of bone-marrow stromal cells or osteoblasts, although the details of this process remain obscure. In the present study, our group investigated the mechanism by which RANKL expression is induced by MIP-1alpha and the effects of MIP-1alpha on the activation of osteoclasts. RANKL mRNA and RANKL protein expressions increased in both ST2 cells and MC3T3-E1 cells in a MIP-1alpha concentration-dependent manner. RANKL mRNA expression began to increase at 1 h after the addition of MIP-1alpha; the increase became remarkable at 2 h, and continuous expression was observed subsequently. Both ST2 and MC3T3-E1 cells showed similar levels of increased RANKL protein expression at 1, 2, and 3 days after the addition of MIP-1alpha. After the addition of MIP-1alpha, the amount of phosphorylated ERK1/2 and Akt protein expressions showed an increase, as compared to the corresponding amount in the control group. On the other hand, the amount of phosphorylated p38MAPK protein expression showed a decrease from the amount in the control group after the addition of MIP-1alpha. U0126 (a MEK1/2 inhibitor) or LY294002 (a PI3K inhibitor) was added to ST2 and MC3T3-E1 cells, and was found to inhibit RANKL mRNA and RANKL protein expression in these cells. When SB203580, a p38MAPK inhibitor, was added, RANKL mRNA and RANKL protein expression were increased in these cells. MIP-1alpha was found to promote osteoclastic differentiation of C7 cells, an osteoclastic precursor cell line, in a MIP-1alpha concentration-dependent manner. MIP-1alpha promoted differentiation into osteoclasts more extensively in C7 cells incubated together with ST2 and MC3T3-E1 cells than in C7 cells incubated alone. These results suggested that MIP-1alpha directly acts on the osteoclastic precursor cells and induces osteoclastic differentiation. This substance also indirectly induces osteoclastic differentiation through the promotion of RANKL expression in bone-marrow stromal cells and osteoblasts. The findings of this investigation suggested that activation of the MEK/ERK and the PI3K/Akt pathways and inhibition of p38MAPK pathway were involved in RANKL expression induced by MIP-1alpha in bone-marrow stromal cells and osteoblasts. This finding may be useful in the development of an osteoclastic inhibitor that targets intracellular signaling factors.
Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry 11/2007; 304(1-2):53-60. · 2.33 Impact Factor
[show abstract][hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Protein kinase C (PKC) has been shown to be a signal transducer during tumorigenesis, tumor cell invasion, and metastasis. Recent studies have reported that the PKC inhibitor, 7-hydroxystaurosporine, inhibits tumor cell invasion. However, the molecular mechanisms of this inhibition of invasion and metastasis are not well understood. In the present study, we attempt to clarify the mechanism by which H7, a PKC inhibitor, inhibits tumor cell invasion and metastasis in the melanoma cell line B16BL6. It was found that H7 inhibits B16BL6 cell invasion and metastasis. We also observed that H7 inhibits the mRNA expression and protein activities of matrix metalloproteinase (MMP)-1, -2, -9 and MT1-MMP. Furthermore, H7 suppresses phosphorylated extracellular signal-regulated kinase 1/2 (ERK1/2). However, other signal transduction factors, such as p38 mitogen-activated protein kinase (p38MAPK) and c-Jun N-terminal kinase 1/2 (JNK1/2), were unaffected. Moreover, U0126, a MEK1/2 inhibitor, also inhibited B16BL6 cell invasion and metastasis, as well as the mRNA expression and protein activities of MMP-1, -2, -9 and MT1-MMP. This indicates that H7 inhibits signal transduction through the PKC/MEK/ERK pathway, thereby inhibiting B16BL6 cell invasion and metastasis. These results suggest that PKC inhibitors have potential clinical applications in the treatment of tumor cell metastasis.
Clinical and Experimental Metastasis 02/2007; 24(6):431-8. · 3.46 Impact Factor
[show abstract][hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Mevastatin which is an inhibitor of 3-hydroxy-3-methylglutaryl-coenzyme A (HMG-CoA) reductase, the rate-limiting enzyme in cholesterol synthesis, suppress cell proliferation and induce apoptosis. However, the molecular mechanism of apoptosis induction is not well understood. So, in the present study, we attempted to clarify the mechanism by which mevastatin induces apoptosis in HL60 cells. It was found that mevastatin induced apoptosis. At that time, we observed an increase in caspase-3 activity and morphological fragmentation of the nuclei. The apoptosis induced by mevastatin was not inhibited by the addition of farnesyl pyrophosphate (FPP), squalene, ubiquinone, and isopentenyladenine, but was inhibited by the addition of geranylgeranyl pyrophosphate (GGPP). When we examined the survival signals at the time of apoptotic induction, we also observed that the administration of mevastatin had caused a remarkable decrease in the phosphorylation of extracellular signal-regulated kinase 1/2 (ERK1/2). However, other survival signals, such as nuclear factor kappa B (NF-kappaB), protein kinase B (Akt), and p38 mitogen-activated protein kinase (p38), exhibited no change. In addition, no quantitative change was observed in Bcl-2, which was an anti-apoptosis protein. It was also observed that apoptosis was induced when U0126, an MEK inhibitor, was added to the cells to inhibit ERK. These results suggested that mevastatin induced apoptosis when it inhibited GGPP biosynthesis and consequently decreased the level of phosphorylated ERK, which was a survival signal; moreover, at that time, there was no influence on NF-kappaB, Akt, p38, and Bcl-2. The results of this study also suggested that mevastatin could be used as an anticancer agent.
Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry 02/2005; 269(1-2):109-14. · 2.33 Impact Factor