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In Vivo ; 35(5): 2599-2608, 2021.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-34410947


BACKGROUND/AIM: Asian Traditional medicines are renowned for their antitumor properties and are efficacious in the clinical treatment of various cancer types. ERM210 is a Korean traditional medicine comprising nine types of medicinal plants. In the present study, we examined the pro-apoptotic effect and molecular mechanisms of the effects of ERM210 on HepG2 liver cancer cells. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The cytotoxicity of ERM210 on HepG2 cells was investigated using 3-(4,5-dimethylthiazol-2-yl)-2,5-diphenyltetrazolium bromide and wound-healing assays, and apoptosis and signaling pathways by fluorescence microscopy flow cytometry and western blotting. RESULTS: ERM210 significantly impaired HepG2 cell viability and enhanced mitochondria-dependent cellular apoptosis in a time- and dose-dependent manner by up-regulating the expression of caspases 3, 7 and 9, and of BCL2 apoptosis regulator (BCL2)-associated X, apoptosis regulator (BAX) proteins, whilst down-regulating that of BCL2 protein. Furthermore, ERM210 treatment increased accumulation of cellular and mitochondrial reactive oxygen species (ROS) and significantly inhibited cell migration. Additionally, all these phenomena were reversed by treating with the ROS scavenger N-acetylcysteine. The analysis of signaling proteins revealed that ERM210 significantly up-regulated the phosphorylation of ROS-dependent mitogen-activated protein kinases (p38, extracellular-regulated kinase, and c-Jun N-terminal kinase in HepG2 liver cancer cells. CONCLUSION: ERM210 exerts anticancer effects in HepG2 liver cancer cells by up-regulating ROS/mitochondria-dependent apoptosis signaling, providing new insight into the possibility of employing this traditional medicine for the clinical treatment of liver cancer.

Apoptose , Neoplasias Hepáticas , Células Hep G2 , Humanos , Neoplasias Hepáticas/tratamento farmacológico , Neoplasias Hepáticas/genética , Neoplasias Hepáticas/metabolismo , Potencial da Membrana Mitocondrial , Mitocôndrias/metabolismo , Espécies Reativas de Oxigênio/metabolismo
Anticancer Res ; 41(4): 1831-1840, 2021 Apr.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-33813388


BACKGROUND/AIM: Peroxiredoxin V (Prx V) plays crucial roles in cellular apoptosis and proliferation in various cancer cells by regulating the cellular reactive oxygen species (ROS) levels. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Here, we examined the possible regulatory effects of Prx V on doxorubicin (DOX)-induced cellular apoptosis and its mechanisms in the human gastric adenocarcinoma cell line (AGS cells). RESULTS: Our findings suggest that Prx V knockdown may significantly increase the DOX-induced apoptosis by aggravating intracellular ROS accumulation. We also found that DOX-induced mitochondrial ROS levels and membrane permeability were significantly higher in short hairpin Prx V cells than in mock cells, and these phenomena were dramatically reversed by ROS scavenger treatment. Prx V knockdown also significantly upregulated the cleaved caspase 9, 3, and B-cell lymphoma 2 (Bcl2)-associated agonist of cell death/Bcl2 protein expression levels, suggesting that Prx V knockdown activates mitochondria-dependent apoptotic signaling pathways. CONCLUSION: Taken together, this study suggests that Prx V may be a strong molecular target for gastric cancer (GC) chemotherapy, and further elucidates the role of Prx V in oxidative stress-induced cell apoptosis.

Adenocarcinoma/tratamento farmacológico , Antibióticos Antineoplásicos/farmacologia , Apoptose/efeitos dos fármacos , Doxorrubicina/farmacologia , Inativação Gênica , Mitocôndrias/efeitos dos fármacos , Estresse Oxidativo/efeitos dos fármacos , Peroxirredoxinas/metabolismo , Espécies Reativas de Oxigênio/metabolismo , Neoplasias Gástricas/tratamento farmacológico , Adenocarcinoma/enzimologia , Adenocarcinoma/genética , Adenocarcinoma/patologia , Proteínas Reguladoras de Apoptose/metabolismo , Linhagem Celular Tumoral , Regulação Neoplásica da Expressão Gênica , Humanos , Mitocôndrias/enzimologia , Mitocôndrias/patologia , Peroxirredoxinas/genética , Transdução de Sinais , Neoplasias Gástricas/enzimologia , Neoplasias Gástricas/genética , Neoplasias Gástricas/patologia
In Vivo ; 35(1): 249-257, 2021.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-33402471


BACKGROUND/AIM: Curcumin is a polyphenol that exerts a variety of pharmacological activities and plays an anti-cancer role in many cancer cells. It was recently reported that gasdermin E (GSDME) is involved in the progression of pyroptosis. MATERIALS AND METHODS: HepG2 cells were treated with various concentrations of curcumin and cell viability was examined using MTT assay, apoptosis was analysed using flow cytometry, reactive oxygen species (ROS) levels using dihydroethidium, LDH release using an LDH cytotoxicity assay, and protein expression using western blot. RESULTS: Curcumin increased the expression of the GSDME N-terminus and proteins involved in pyrolysis, promoted HspG2 cell pyrolysis and increased intracellular ROS levels. Moreover, inhibition of the production of intracellular ROS with n-acetylcysteine (NAC) improved the degree of apoptosis and pyrolysis induced by curcumin. CONCLUSION: Curcumin induces HspG2 cell death by increasing apoptosis and pyroptosis, and ROS play a key role in this process. This study improves our understanding of the potential anti-cancer properties of curcumin in liver cancer.

Carcinoma Hepatocelular , Curcumina , Neoplasias Hepáticas , Apoptose , Carcinoma Hepatocelular/tratamento farmacológico , Carcinoma Hepatocelular/genética , Curcumina/farmacologia , Células Hep G2 , Humanos , Neoplasias Hepáticas/tratamento farmacológico , Neoplasias Hepáticas/genética , Piroptose , Espécies Reativas de Oxigênio
In Vivo ; 34(4): 1823-1833, 2020.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32606152


BACKGROUND/AIM: Picrasma quassioides (P. quassioides) is used in traditional Asian medicine widely for the treatment of anemopyretic cold, eczema, nausea, loss of appetite, diabetes mellitus, hypertension etc. In this study we aimed to understand the effect of P. quassioides ethanol extract on SiHa cervical cancer cell apoptosis. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The P. quassioides extract-induced apoptosis was analyzed using the MTT assay, fluorescence microscopy, flow cytometry and western blotting. RESULTS: P. quassioides extract induced cellular apoptosis by increasing the accumulation of cellular and mitochondrial reactive oxygen species (ROS) levels and inhibiting ATP synthesis. Pretreatment with N-Acetylcysteine (NAC), a classic antioxidant, decreased the intracellular ROS production and inhibited apoptosis. In addition, the P38 MAPK signaling pathway is a key in the apoptosis of SiHa cells induced by the P. quassioides extract. CONCLUSION: The P. quassioides extract exerts its anti-cancer properties on SiHa cells through ROS-mitochondria axis and P38 MAPK signaling. Our data provide a new insight for P. quassioides as a therapeutic strategy for cervical cancer treatment.

Picrasma , Neoplasias do Colo do Útero , Apoptose , Feminino , Humanos , Potencial da Membrana Mitocondrial , Mitocôndrias/metabolismo , Picrasma/metabolismo , Espécies Reativas de Oxigênio , Transdução de Sinais , Neoplasias do Colo do Útero/tratamento farmacológico , Neoplasias do Colo do Útero/genética , Proteínas Quinases p38 Ativadas por Mitógeno/genética
Anticancer Res ; 40(7): 3819-3830, 2020 Jul.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32620621


BACKGROUND: Picrasma quassioides (PQ) is a traditional Asian herbal medicine with anti-tumor properties that can inhibit the viability of HepG2 liver cancer cells. H-Ras is often mutated in liver cancer, however, the effect of PQ treatment on H-Ras mutated liver cancer is unclear. This study aimed to investigate the role of PQ on ROS accumulation and mitochondrial dysfunction in H-ras mutated HepG2 (HepG2G12V) cells. MATERIALS AND METHODS: PQ ethanol extract-induced HepG2G12V apoptosis was analyzed by the MTT assay, fluorescence microscopy, flow cytometry and western blotting. RESULTS: PQ treatment affected cell migration and colony formation in HepG2G12V cells. Cleaved-caspase-3, cleaved-caspase-9 and BCL2 associated agonist of cell death (BAD) expression levels were increased, while the levels of B-cell lymphoma-extra large (Bcl-xL) were decreased with PQ treatment. PQ treatment led to a reduction of H-Ras expression levels in liver cancer cells, thus reducing their abnormal proliferation. Furthermore, it led to increased expression levels of Peroxiredoxin VI, which regulates the redox signal in cells. CONCLUSION: Taken together these results provide a new functional significance for the role of PQ in treating HepG2G12V liver cancer.

Antineoplásicos Fitogênicos/farmacologia , Neoplasias Hepáticas/tratamento farmacológico , Mitocôndrias Hepáticas/efeitos dos fármacos , Extratos Vegetais/farmacologia , Proteínas Proto-Oncogênicas p21(ras)/genética , Espécies Reativas de Oxigênio/metabolismo , Apoptose/efeitos dos fármacos , Movimento Celular/efeitos dos fármacos , Genes ras , Células Hep G2 , Humanos , Neoplasias Hepáticas/genética , Neoplasias Hepáticas/metabolismo , Potencial da Membrana Mitocondrial/efeitos dos fármacos , Mitocôndrias Hepáticas/metabolismo , Picrasma/química , Proteínas Proto-Oncogênicas p21(ras)/biossíntese
Anticancer Res ; 39(7): 3677-3686, 2019 Jul.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31262894


BACKGROUND/AIM: Peroxiredoxin (Prx) V has been known as an antioxidant enzyme which scavenges intracellular reactive oxygen species (ROS). Also, Prx V has been shown to mediate cell apoptosis in various cancers. However, the mechanism of Prx V-induced apoptosis in colon cancer cells remains unknown. Thus, in this study we analyzed the effects of Prx V in ß-lapachone-induced apoptosis in SW480 human colon cancer cells. MATERIALS AND METHODS: ß-lapachone-induced apoptosis was analyzed by the MTT assay, western blotting, fluorescence microscopy, Annexin V staining and flow cytometry. RESULTS: Overexpression of Prx V, significantly decreased ß-lapachone-induced cellular apoptosis and Prx V silencing increased ß-lapachone-induced cellular apoptosis via modulating ROS scavenging activity compared to mock SW480 cells. In addition, to further explore the mechanism of Prx V regulated ß-lapachone-induced SW480 cells apoptosis, the Wnt/ß-catenin signaling was studied. The Wnt/ ß-catenin signaling pathway was found to be induced by ß-lapachone. CONCLUSION: Prx V regulates SW480 cell apoptosis via scavenging ROS cellular levels and mediating the Wnt/ß-catenin signaling pathway, which was induced by ß-lapachone.

Apoptose , Neoplasias do Colo/metabolismo , Naftoquinonas , Peroxirredoxinas/fisiologia , Espécies Reativas de Oxigênio/metabolismo , Via de Sinalização Wnt , Linhagem Celular Tumoral , Colo/metabolismo , Humanos