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Methyl 2-Cyano-3,11-dioxo-18 -olean-1,12-dien-30-oate Is a Peroxisome Proliferator-Activated Receptor- Agonist That Induces Receptor-Independent Apoptosis in LNCaP Prostate Cancer Cells

Department of Veterinary Physiology and Pharmacology, Texas A&M University, 4466 TAMU, College Station, TX 77843-4466, USA.
Molecular pharmacology (Impact Factor: 4.13). 03/2008; 73(2):553-65. DOI: 10.1124/mol.107.041285
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Methyl 2-cyano-3,11-dioxo-18beta-olean-1,12-diene-30-oate (beta-CDODA-Me) is a synthetic analog of the naturally occurring triterpenoid glycyrrhetinic acid, which contains a 2-cyano substituent in the A-ring. beta-CDODA-Me was a potent inhibitor of LNCaP prostate cancer cell growth (IC(50) approximately 1 muM) and activated peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor gamma (PPARgamma), whereas analogs without the cyano group were weakly cytotoxic and did not activate PPARgamma. beta-CDODA-Me induced p21 and p27, down-regulated cyclin D1 protein expression, and induced two other proapoptotic proteins, namely nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug-activated gene-1 and activating transcription factor-3. However, induction of these responses by beta-CDODA-Me was PPARgamma-independent and due to activation of phosphatidylinositol-3-kinase, mitogen-activated protein kinase, and jun N-terminal kinase pathways by this compound. In contrast, beta-CDODA-Me also decreased androgen receptor (AR) and prostate-specific antigen (PSA) mRNA and protein levels through kinase-independent pathways. beta-CDODA-Me repressed AR mRNA transcription, whereas decreased PSA mRNA levels were dependent on protein synthesis and were reversed by cycloheximide. Thus, potent inhibition of LNCaP cell survival by beta-CDODA-Me is due to PPARgamma-independent activation of multiple pathways that selectively activate growth-inhibitory and proapoptotic responses.

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    • "Cell-cycle regulatory proteins, such as p21, have been shown to play a critical role in the PPARg-induced inhibition of prostate cancer cell growth (Radhakrishnan and Gartel, 2005). Moreover , the well-known PPARg agonist, 15-deoxy-PGJ 2 and other activators induce inhibitory effects on cancer cell growth in a PPARg-dependent manner through inactivation of NF-kB (Kim et al., 2003; Papineni et al., 2008). NF-kB is a transcription factor regulating various genes involved in the production of inflammatory cytokines, chemokines , cell adhesion molecules and growth factors (Richmond , 2002). "
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    • "Troglitazone increases expression of nucleobindin 2 (NUCB2) via activation of Erk in HTB185 brain medulloblastoma cells [41]. Also, Papineni et al. demonstrated blocking Erk via the MEK inhibitor PD98059 reduced the ability of the non-TZD PPARγ ligand β-CDODA-Me to increase p21 in LNCaP prostate cancer cells [42]. Therefore, in some situations Erk does play a role in the regulation of protein expression by TZDs and other PPARγ ligands. "
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