Biomed Pharmacother.2018 Feb;98:619-625.doi: 10.1016/j.biopha.2017.12.057.

Brevilin A induces apoptosis and autophagy of colon adenocarcinoma cell CT26 via mitochondrial pathway and PI3K/AKT/mTOR inactivation

Pengtao You  1 Hezhen Wu  2 Meng Deng  1 Jingling Peng  1 Fangping Li  1 Yanfang Yang  3

  • 1 Key Laboratory of Resources and Chemistry of Chinese Medicine, Hubei University of Chinese Medicine, Wuhan, Hubei 430065, PR China.
  • 2 School of Pharmacy, Hubei University of Chinese Medicine, Wuhan, Hubei 430065, PR China.
  • 3 Key Laboratory of Resources and Chemistry of Chinese Medicine, Hubei University of Chinese Medicine, Wuhan, Hubei 430065, PR China; Collaborative Innovation Center of Traditional Chinese Medicine of New Products for Geriatrics Hubei Province, Hubei University of Chinese Medicine, Wuhan, Hubei 430065, PR China. Electronic address: yyf0204@hbtcm.edu.cn.

Abstract

Brevilin A is a sesquiterpene lactone isolated from Centipeda minima and possesses inhibitory effects on proliferation of various tumor cells. In this study, Brevilin A inhibitory effect on proliferation and its molecular mechanism of action were investigated both in vivo and in vitro in colon adenocarcinoma CT26 cells. The results indicated that the inhibitory effect of Brevilin A in CT26 proliferation was dose-dependent and this effect was due to apoptosis. Furthermore, Brevilin A increased ROS levels, decreased mitochondrial membrane potential (MMP) and induced apoptosis of CT26 cell in a dose-dependent manner. Apoptosis induced by Brevilin A was higher than that induced by adriamycin under the same dose. Cleaved-caspase-8, cleaved-caspase-9 and cleaved-caspase-3 were up-regulated after Brevilin A treatment, together with an increase of Bax protein expression, while Bcl-2 was reduced. Further investigation revealed that Brevilin A inhibited the phosphorylation of PI3K, AKT and mTOR and promoted the expressions of autophagy-related proteins LC3-II, Beclin1 and Atg5 and consequent formation of autophagosomes, whereas 3-methyladenine (3-MA), a type III PI3K inhibitor, inhibited autophagosomes formation induced by Brevilin A. In vivo investigation suggested that Brevilin A significantly inhibited the growth of CT26 tumor compared to adriamycin and concurrently promoted the expressions of LC3-II and cleaved-caspase-3 in tumor tissues. Our results demonstrated that the anti-tumor activity of Brevilin A was mainly achieved by the induction of cell apoptosis and autophagy, suggesting a promising potential as antitumor drug against colon adenocarcinoma.

Keywords: Apoptosis; Autophagy; Brevilin A; CT26; Mechanism.

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