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Xu Z.,Fujian University of Traditional Chinese Medicine | Xu Z.,State Key Laboratory of Quality Research in Chinese Medicine | Xu Z.,University of Macau | Chen X.,State Key Laboratory of Quality Research in Chinese Medicine | And 14 more authors.
American Journal of Chinese Medicine | Year: 2012

Dehydrocorydaline is an alkaloid isolated from traditional Chinese herb Corydalis yanhusuo W.T. Wang. We discovered that it possessed anti-tumor potential during screening of anti-tumor natural products from Chinese medicine. In this study, its anti-tumor potential was investigated with breast cancer line cells MCF-7 in vitro. The anti-proliferative effect of dehydrocorydaline was determined by MTT assay and the mitochondrial membrane potential (ΔΨ m) was monitored by JC-1 staining. DNA fragments were visualized by Hoechst 33342 staining and DNA ladder assay. Apoptotic related protein expressions were measured by Western blotting. Dehydrocorydaline significantly inhibited MCF-7 cell proliferation in a dose- dependent manner, which could be reversed by a caspase-8 inhibitor, Z-IETD-FMK. Dehydrocorydaline increased DNA fragments without affecting ΔΨm. Western blotting assay showed that dehydrocorydaline dose-dependently increased Bax protein expression and decreased Bcl-2 protein expression. Furthermore, dehydrocorydaline induced activation of caspase-7,-8 and the cleavage of PARP without affecting caspase-9. These results showed that dehydrocorydaline inhibits MCF-7 cell proliferation by inducing apoptosis mediated by regulating Bax/Bcl-2, activating caspases as well as cleaving PARP. © 2012 World Scientific Publishing Company & Institute for Advanced Research in Asian Science and Medicine.


Chen X.,State Key Laboratory of Quality Research in Chinese Medicine | Chen X.,University of Macau | Pei L.,Shanghai University | Zhong Z.,State Key Laboratory of Quality Research in Chinese Medicine | And 7 more authors.
Phytomedicine | Year: 2011

Curcuma phaeocaulis Valeton is a commonly prescribed Chinese medical herb for tumor therapy. In this study, an extract of Curcuma phaeocaulis Valeton referred as Cpv was prepared and its anti-tumor effect was evaluated with MCF-7 and MDA-MB-231 cells. Curcuma phaeocaulis Valeton power was extracted with ethanol and the main components of the extract (Cpv) were analyzed with HPLC. The effect of Cpv on MCF-7 cells proliferation, intracellular reactive oxygen species (ROS) formation, mitochondrial membrane potential (ΔΨm), apoptosis, apoptotic related proteins, MDA-MB-231 cell migration, and integrins expression were determined. Furthermore, the effect of Cpv on some key signal transduction molecules was also investigated. Furanodienone, germacrone and furanodiene were identified as the main components of Cpv. Cpv treatment significantly inhibited cell proliferation, increased LDH release, induced intracellular ROS formation, and decreased ΔΨm in a dose-dependent manner in MCF-7 cells. Cpv induced apoptosis without affecting cell migration. Cpv increased protein expression of Bax, PARP, cleaved PARP, caspase-3, 7, JNK1, p-p42/44MAPK, NF-κB, IKKα, IKKβ, decreased protein expression of Bcl-2, Bcl-xL, Bim, Bik, Bad, integrin β5, p42/44MAPK without affecting integrin α5, β1, and p38MAPK protein expression. We concluded that Cpv inhibited MCF-7 cells proliferation by inducing apoptosis mediated by increasing ROS formation, decreasing ΔΨm, regulating Bcl-2 family proteins expression, and activating caspases. Cpv treatment also modulated several signaling transduction pathways. These results might provide some molecular basis for the anti-tumor activity of Curcuma phaeocaulis Valeton. © 2011 Elsevier GmbH.


Tan W.,Lanzhou University | Tan W.,University of Macau | Tan W.,State Key Laboratory of Quality Research in Chinese Medicine | Li N.,University of Macau | And 9 more authors.
Anti-Cancer Agents in Medicinal Chemistry | Year: 2015

Berberine exerted anti-cancer effect in various cancer cell lines, and was also implied in the treatment of metabolic related diseases. Given the metabolic modulation, we hypothesized that berberine possessed anti-cancer effect under the assistance of metabolic interference. Working as a modulator, metabolic enzyme inhibitor or complex network regulator in energy metabolism, berberine was highlighted in current cancer research. A reasonable cross talk between Chinese medicine and energy homeostasis provided a solid foundation for berberine interference on cancer cells reprogramming metabolism. Our result showed that berberine regulated the reprogramming metabolism through three aspects simultaneously, including mitochondrial oxidative phosphorylation, glycolysis and macromolecular synthesis. This interference with reprogramming metabolism was a continuous, simultaneous and sustainable approach in a moderate mode. And it could be regarded as a gentle and virtuous cycle from a multi-level perspective, indicating an integrated approach in cancer therapy. Meanwhile, we thought that Chinese medicine could link cancer and metabolic related diseases from a dynamic perspective through integrated network pharmacology. This cross talk would be a realistic and significant strategy for anti-cancer drug discovery and needs further investigation in future. © 2015 Bentham Science Publishers


Jia Y.L.,State Key Laboratory of Quality Research in Chinese Medicine
Zhongguo Zhong xi yi jie he za zhi Zhongguo Zhongxiyi jiehe zazhi = Chinese journal of integrated traditional and Western medicine / Zhongguo Zhong xi yi jie he xue hui, Zhongguo Zhong yi yan jiu yuan zhu ban | Year: 2012

To assess the quality of randomized controlled trials (RCTs) on Compound Danshen Dripping Pill, Compound Danshen Tablet, Suxiao Jiuxin Pill, Tongxinluo Capsule, and isosorbide dinitrate (ISDN) in treating coronary heart disease angina. RCT reports were retrieved from CNKI, Wanfang Data, PubMed, China Master Theses Full-text Database, Chinese Electronic Periodical Services, Social Sciences Citation Index, Science Direct, Cambridge Journals Online, and EBM Reviews. Qualities of RCTs were assessed according to Jadad scale, M scale, CONSORT 2010, and CONSORT for herbal medicine. Kendall correlations between basic study characteristics and qualities of included RCTs were analyzed using R statistical software. Eighty-eight RCTs were included. The medians (means, 95% CIs) were 2.00 (2.09, [1.81,2.37]) for the Jadad scale, 4.00 (3.52,[2.95, 4.09]) for the M scale, 15.00 (15.39, [13.87, 16.91]) for the CONSORT 2010, and 19.00 (19.06,[17.16, 20.96]) for the CONSORT for herbal medicine. Only 9.09% (8/88) of RCTs were of high quality (Jadad score >2). These RCT quality measures were not correlated with individual items of reporting, such as sample sizes and follow-up periods. The quality of RCTs on Chinese patent medicine compared with ISDN was not improved from 1997 to 2009. It is urgent to improve the design of RCTs and the report quality.


PubMed | State Key Laboratory of Quality Research in Chinese Medicine
Type: Journal Article | Journal: Journal of cellular biochemistry | Year: 2012

Herbal plants are enriched with compounds with a wide range of biological activities. Furanodiene is a sesquiterpene isolated from Rhizoma Curcumae. Growing evidence shows furanodiene exhibits diversified activities of hepatoprotection, anti-inflammation, anti-angiogenesis, and anti-tumor. However, its biological activities against breast cancer have not been deeply understood, and its potential as an anti-breast cancer agent combined with tamoxifen (TAM) has not been evaluated so far. This study describes the combined effects of furanodiene and TAM in human breast cancer cells in vitro. The results showed that ERa-negative MDA-MB-231 cells were much more sensitive than ERa-positive MCF-7 cells to the growth inhibition due to furanodiene. Combined administration of furanodiene and TAM led to marked increase in growth inhibition, cell cycle arrest and pro-apoptotic activity in ERa-positive cells compared to individual agent, and enhanced the down-regulation of p-cyclin D1, cyclin D1, CDK2, CDK6, p-Rb, Rb and p-p44, and the up-regulation of p27, Bax and Bad, but did not show increased cytotoxicity in ERa-negative MCF-10A non-tumorigenic breast epithelial cells. Co-incubation induced the typical PARP cleavage or caspase 9 cleavages compared to individual agent. In addition, PPAR activity inhibition by its antagonist T0070907 did not significantly reverse the enhanced effect of furanodiene and TAM suggesting that anti-cancer properties of combination were PPAR independent. Our data indicated that furanodiene could enhance the growth inhibitory and pro-apoptotic activity of TAM by inducing cell cycle arrest and cell apoptosis via CDKs-cyclins and mitochondria-caspases-dependent, and PPAR-independent signaling pathways in breast cancer cells, without contributions to the cytotoxicity of TAM.


PubMed | State Key Laboratory of Quality Research in Chinese Medicine
Type: Journal Article | Journal: Journal of ethnopharmacology | Year: 2012

Furanodiene is an active ingredient of the traditional Chinese medicine, Rhizoma Curcumae, commonly used for the treatment of cancer in China.To investigate the anti-cancer property of Rhizoma Curcumae, this study describes the anti-angiogenic activities of furanodiene in human umbilical vein endothelial cells (HUVECs) in vitro and in zebrafish in vivo.HUVECs were treated with different doses of furanodiene in the presence or absence of vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF). The anti-proliferative effect of furanodiene was measured using the XTT assay. The anti-migration and anti-invasion activities of this compound were investigated with a wound-healing migration model and a three-dimensional cell invasion model, respectively. The effects of furanodiene on HUVEC differentiation were assessed by in vitro tube formation in Matrigel. The expression of related proteins was detected by Western blot. Morphological observations of zebrafish were evaluated in transgenic Tg (fli1: EGFP) zebrafish embryos.Our results showed that furanodiene exposure could significantly inhibit the proliferation of HUVECs in a dose-dependent manner and inhibit VEGF-induced proliferation at a low dose. Relative to the VEGF-induced control, the number of invading and migrating cells was significantly reduced in the furanodiene-treated groups. Furanodiene also dramatically suppressed tube formation and p-Akt (Ser473), p-Erk 1/2 (Thr202/Tyr204), ICAM-1, p-p85 (Ser428) as well as p85 protein expression. Furthermore, exposure to furanodiene inhibited angiogenesis in the zebrafish model.This study demonstrated that furanodiene exposure exhibits a potential anti-angiogenic effect through suppression of endothelial cell growth, invasion, migration and tube formation via regulation of the PI3K pathway. This potential anti-angiogenic effect of furanodiene may play an important role in the anti-tumor activity of the traditional Chinese medicine, Rhizoma Curcumae.


PubMed | State Key Laboratory of Quality Research in Chinese Medicine
Type: Journal Article | Journal: Phytomedicine : international journal of phytotherapy and phytopharmacology | Year: 2011

Curcuma phaeocaulis Valeton is a commonly prescribed Chinese medical herb for tumor therapy. In this study, an extract of Curcuma phaeocaulis Valeton referred as Cpv was prepared and its anti-tumor effect was evaluated with MCF-7 and MDA-MB-231 cells. Curcuma phaeocaulis Valeton power was extracted with ethanol and the main components of the extract (Cpv) were analyzed with HPLC. The effect of Cpv on MCF-7 cells proliferation, intracellular reactive oxygen species (ROS) formation, mitochondrial membrane potential (m), apoptosis, apoptotic related proteins, MDA-MB-231 cell migration, and integrins expression were determined. Furthermore, the effect of Cpv on some key signal transduction molecules was also investigated. Furanodienone, germacrone and furanodiene were identified as the main components of Cpv. Cpv treatment significantly inhibited cell proliferation, increased LDH release, induced intracellular ROS formation, and decreased m in a dose-dependent manner in MCF-7 cells. Cpv induced apoptosis without affecting cell migration. Cpv increased protein expression of Bax, PARP, cleaved PARP, caspase-3, 7, JNK1, p-p42/44MAPK, NF-B, IKK, IKK, decreased protein expression of Bcl-2, Bcl-xL, Bim, Bik, Bad, integrin 5, p42/44MAPK without affecting integrin 5, 1, and p38MAPK protein expression. We concluded that Cpv inhibited MCF-7 cells proliferation by inducing apoptosis mediated by increasing ROS formation, decreasing m, regulating Bcl-2 family proteins expression, and activating caspases. Cpv treatment also modulated several signaling transduction pathways. These results might provide some molecular basis for the anti-tumor activity of Curcuma phaeocaulis Valeton.


PubMed | State Key Laboratory of Quality Research in Chinese Medicine
Type: Journal Article | Journal: Pharmacological reports : PR | Year: 2011

Scavenging of intracellular reactive oxygen species (ROS) is one of the potential mechanisms contributing to the protective effects of many antioxidants. Curcumin, a natural product, is an effective ROS scavenger. However, the role of its ROS scavenging ability in its cytoprotective action remains to be clarified. Herein, the protective effects of curcumin on hydrogen peroxide (HO)- and tert-butyl hydroperoxide-induced ROS formation and HepG2 cell injury were determined. HepG2 cells were pretreated with curcumin for 30 min and then treated with HO (500 M) or tert-butyl hydroperoxide (200 M) for 24 h. Curcumin pretreatment dramatically decreased HO- and tert-butyl hydroperoxide-induced ROS production, but failed to suppress cytotoxicity of those compounds. HO induced decreases in mitochondrial membrane potential (m) and increases in DNA fragmentation could not be reversed by curcumin. Furthermore, curcumin enhanced expression of HO-induced pro-apoptotic protein Bax expression and inhibited expression of anti-apoptotic proteins Bcl-2 and Bcl-xL. In addition, curcumin significantly decreased p38MAPK and phospho-CDC-2 protein expression and increased phospho-p38MAPK, p42/44MAPK, and phospho-p42/44MAPK protein expression. These results suggest that short pretreatment and subsequent longer co-treatment of low concentrations of curcumin showed no obvious protective effect on HO-induced HepG cell injury.

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