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ABSTRACT: Zilongjin, a complementary Chinese herbal medicine, has been used to alleviate the adverse effects of chemotherapeutic drugs in cancer therapy. However, the mechanisms of anti-cancer activity of Zilongjin are still largely unkonwn.
First, the proteomic approach of combined 2-DE and ESI-MS/MS was used to investigate the effect of Zilongjin on the protein expression in MCF-7 cells. Then, the differential expression of some proteins was confirmed by Western blot, cytoimmunofluoresecnce, and quantitative real-time RT-PCR analysis.
The identified proteins with differential expression, involved in such events as protein translation, cellular signal transduction, cytoskeleton formation and transportation, include seven downregulating proteins, such as Eukaryotic translation initiation factor 3 subunit I, Eukaryotic translation initiation factor 1A Y-chromosomal, Ran-specific GTPase-activating protein, Ubiquitin-conjugating enzyme E2 N, Tropomodulin-3, Macrophage-capping protein, and Tumor protein D52, as well as two upregulating proteins, HSP β-1 and keratin18. Moreover, the differential expression of three proteins was confirmed.
(i) These results provide a new insight into the molecular mechanisms of Zilongjin on therapy for breast cancer. (ii) The application of the proteomic approaches will result in the more extended appreciation of Chinese medicine than those known at present.
PROTEOMICS - CLINICAL APPLICATIONS 05/2010; 4(5):550-9. DOI:10.1002/prca.200900092 · 2.96 Impact Factor