[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: A number of experiments have demonstrated that benzyl-isothiocyanate (BITC) induces cytotoxic cell death through the induction of apoptosis in various human cancer cell lines. In the present study, we investigated the effects of BITC on the growth of A375.S2 cell xenograft tumors in nude BALB/c mice in vivo. The A375.S2 cancer cells were inoculated subcutaneously into the lower flanks of each nude mouse. After cancer cell inoculation, all animals were maintained in the animal room for seven days and all mice produced one palpable tumor. Animals were randomly divided into two groups, each mouse was individually given intraperitoneal injections of BITC (20 mg/kg) or not (control). Results from the in vivo experiments indicated that BITC did not significantly affect the body weight of nude BALB/c mice bearing xenograft A375.S2 cell tumors but did significantly decrease the tumor weight.
No preview · Article · Sep 2014 · In vivo (Athens, Greece)
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Twelve novel 20-sulfonylamidine derivatives (9a-9l) of camptothecin (1) were synthesized via a Cu-catalyzed three-component reaction. They showed similar or superior cytotoxicity compared with that of irinotecan (3) against A-549, DU-145, KB, and multidrug-resistant (MDR) KBvin tumor cell lines. Compound 9a demonstrated better cytotoxicity against MDR cells compared with that of 1 and 3. Mechanistically, 9a induced significant DNA damage by selectively inhibiting Topoisomerase (Topo) I and activating the ATM/Chk related DNA damage-response pathway. In xenograft models, 9a demonstrated significant activity without overt adverse effects at 5 and 10 mg/kg, comparable to 3 at 100 mg/kg. Notably, 9a at 300 mg/kg (i.p.) showed no overt toxicity in contrast to 1 (LD50 56.2 mg/kg, i.p.) and 3 (LD50 177.5 mg/kg, i.p.). Intact 9a inhibited Topo I activity in a cell-free assay in a manner similar to that of 1, confirming that 9a is a new class of Topo I inhibitor. 20-Sulfonylamidine 1-derivative 9a merits development as an anticancer clinical trial candidate.
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: This investigation clearly clarified the synthesized and antimitotic compound, 2-(3'-methoxyphenyl)-6-pyrrolidinyl-4-quinazolinone (HMJ-38), addressing its target and precise mechanism of action. We hypothesized that HMJ-38 might sensitize apoptotic death of human oral carcinoma CAL 27 cells in vitro and inhibited xenograft tumor growth in vivo.
Cell viability was assessed utilizing MTT assay. HMJ-38-treated cells represented DNA fragmentation using agrose gel electrophoresis as further evidenced using TUNEL staining. Flow cytometric analyses, immunoblotting and quantitative RT-PCR were applied for protein and gene expression. Antitumor xenograft study was employed.
HMJ-38 concentration- and time-dependently reduced viability of CAL 27 cells. The effect of intrinsic molecules was signalized during HMJ-38 exposure with disruption of ΔΨm, MPT pore opening and the releases of various events from mitochondria undergoing cell apoptosis. HMJ-38 also markedly facilitated G2/M phase arrest. HMJ-38 stimulated the activation of CDK1 activity that modulated phosphorylation on Ser70 of Bcl-2-mediated mitotic arrest and apoptosis. HMJ-38 triggered intracellular Ca(2+) release and activated related pivotal hallmarks of ER stress. HMJ-38 in nude mice bearing CAL 27 tumor xenografts decreased tumor growth. Furthermore, HMJ-38 enhanced caspase-3 gene expression and protein level in xenotransplanted tumors.
Early roles of mitotic arrest, unfolded protein response and mitochondria-dependent signaling contributed to apoptotic CAL 27 cell demise induced by HMJ-38. In in vivo experiments, HMJ-38 also efficaciously suppressed tumor volume in a xenotransplantation model.
This finding might fully support a critical event for HMJ-38 via induction of apoptotic machinery and ER stress against human oral cancer cells.
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: The aim of the present study was to explore the effect of 6-fluoro-2-(3-fluorophenyl)-4-(cyanoanilino) quinazoline (HMJ-30) on the anti-angiogenic properties and apoptosis-related mechanism of human umbilical vein endothelial cells (HUVECs). In this study, HMJ-30 dose- and time-dependently inhibited the viability of HUVECs. We also found that HMJ-30 enhanced disruption of tube-like structures and suppressed cell migration in HUVECs after vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) induction. HMJ-30 was also observed to inhibit vessel branching and sprouting in chicken chorioallantoic membrane (CAM). Microsprouting induced by VEGF in the rat aortic ring and blood vessel formation in a mouse Matrigel plug were individually suppressed by HMJ-30. In an in vitro study, HMJ-30 induced the apoptotic death of HUVECs as indicated by DNA fragmentation and promoted reactive oxygen species (ROS) production as determined by flow cytometric assay. In addition, extrinsic caspase signaling (caspase-8 and -3) was activated in the HMJ-30-treated HUVECs and their inhibitors were applied to assess the signal transduction. We investigated the upstream of the death receptor pathway and further observed that the levels of death receptor 5 (DR5) and phosphorylated c-Jun N-terminal kinase (JNK) signals were upregulated in HUVECs following HMJ-30 challenge, which was confirmed by a JNK-specific inhibitor (SP600125). Hence, HMJ-30-induced endothelial cell apoptosis involved the ROS/JNK-regulated DR5 pathway. In summary, HMJ-30 may provide a potential therapeutic effect for the anti-vascular targeting of angiogenesis during cancer treatment.
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Pterostilbene is an effective chemopreventive agent against multiple types of cancer cells. A novel pterostilbene derivative, ANK-199, was designed and synthesized by our group. Its antitumor activity and mechanism in cisplatin-resistant CAR human oral cancer cells were investigated in this study. Our results show that ANK-199 has an extremely low toxicity in normal oral cell lines. The formation of autophagic vacuoles and acidic vesicular organelles (AVOs) was observed in the ANK-199-treated CAR cells by monodansylcadaverine (MDC) and acridine orange (AO) staining, suggesting that ANK-199 is able to induce autophagic cell death in CAR cells. Neither DNA fragmentation nor DNA condensation was observed, which means that ANK-199-induced cell death is not triggered by apoptosis. In accordance with morphological observation, 3-MA, a specific inhibitor of PI3K kinase class III, can inhibit the autophagic vesicle formation induced by ANK-199. In addition, ANK-199 is also able to enhance the protein levels of autophagic proteins, Atg complex, beclin 1, PI3K class III and LC3-II, and mRNA expression of autophagic genes Atg7, Atg12, beclin 1 and LC3-II in the ANK-199-treated CAR cells. A molecular signaling pathway induced by ANK-199 was therefore summarized. Results presented in this study show that ANK-199 may become a novel therapeutic reagent for the treatment of oral cancer in the near future (patent pending).
Full-text · Article · Jun 2014 · International Journal of Oncology
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: TLR4, a membrane receptor that functions in complex with its accessory protein myeloid differentiation factor-2 (MD-2), is a therapeutic target for bacterial infections. Taiwanofungus camphoratus is highly valued as a medicinal mushroom for cancer, hypertension, and inflammation in traditional medicine. Zhankuic acid A (ZAA) is the major pharmacologically active compound of T. camphoratus. The mechanism of action of T. camphoratus or ZAA has not been fully elucidated. We analyzed the structure of human TLR4/MD-2 complex with ZAA by X-score and HotLig modeling approaches. Two Abs against MD-2 were used to verify the MD-2/ZAA interaction. The inflammation and survival of the mice pretreated with ZAA and injected with LPS were monitored. The modeling structure shows that ZAA binds the MD-2 hydrophobic pocket exclusively via specific molecular recognition; the contact interface is dominated by hydrophobic interactions. Binding of ZAA to MD-2 reduced Ab recognition to native MD-2, similar to the effect of LPS binding. Furthermore, ZAA significantly ameliorated LPS-induced endotoxemia and Salmonella-induced diarrhea in mice. Our results suggest that ZAA, which can compete with LPS for binding to MD-2 as a TLR4/MD-2 antagonist, may be a potential therapeutic agent for gram-negative bacterial infections.
Full-text · Article · Feb 2014 · The Journal of Immunology
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Allyl isothiocyanate (AITC) has been found to present sources from consumed cruciferous vegetables. AITC is known to possess pharmacological and anticancer activities. The present study was designed to test the hypothesis that AITC suppressed the invasion and migration of epidermal growth factor (EGF)-stimulated HT29 cells and to elucidate the mechanisms for the antimetastatic abilities in vitro. The invasion and migration of EGF-stimulated HT29 cells were determined individually by Transwell cell invasion and wound-healing assays. Our results showed that AITC effectively inhibited both the invasive and migratory ability of HT29 cells. Furthermore, AITC downregulated the protein levels of matrix metalloproteinase-2 (MMP-2), MMP-9 and mitogen-activated protein kinases (MAPKs) (p-JNK, p-ERK and p-p38) by western blot analysis in HT29 cells following EGF induction. Thus, the metastatic responses in AITC-treated HT29 cells after EGF stimulation were mediated by the MMP-2/-9 and MAPK signaling pathways. We also used gene expression microarrays to investigate the gene levels related to cell growth, G-protein coupled receptor, angiogenesis, cell adhesion, cell cycle and mitosis, cell migration, cytoskeleton organization, DNA damage and repair, transcription and translation, EGFR and PKB/mTOR signals. In summary, it is possible that AITC suppresses the invasion and migration of EGF-induced HT29 cells, resulting from MMP-2/-9 and MAPKs. Hence, AITC may be beneficial in the treatment of human colorectal adenocarcinoma in the future.
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Curcumin has potential anticancer activity and has been shown to be involved in several signaling pathways including differentiation and apoptosis. Our previous study showed that water-soluble PLGA curcumin nanoparticles (Cur-NPs) triggered apoptotic cell death through regulation of the function of MDR1 and the production of reactive oxygen species (ROS) in cisplatin-resistant human oral cancer CAR cells. In this study, we investigated the anti-proliferative effects of Cur-NPs on human osteosarcoma U2OS cells. The morphology of Cur-NPs showed spherical shape by TEM analysis. The encapsulation efficiency of curcumin in Cur-NPs prepared by single emulsion was 90.5±3.0%. Our results demonstrated that the curcumin fragments on the mass spectrum of Cur-NPs and the peaks of curcumin standard could be found on the Cur-NPs spectrum by 1H-NMR spectra analysis. Cur-NPs induced anti-proliferative effects and apoptosis in U2OS cells. Compared to the untreated U2OS cells, more detectable amount of Cur-NPs was found inside the treated U2OS cells. Cur-NPs induced DNA fragmentation and apoptotic bodies in U2OS cells. Both the activity and the expression levels of caspases-3/-7 and caspase-9 were elevated in the treated U2OS cells. Cur-NPs upregulated the protein expression levels of cleaved caspase-3/caspase-9, cytochrome c, Apaf-1 and Bad and downregulated the protein expression level of p-Akt in U2OS cells. These results suggest Cur-NPs are effective in enhancing apoptosis in human osteosarcoma cells and thus could provide potential for cancer therapeutics.
Preview · Article · Nov 2013 · International Journal of Oncology