Sep 21, 2006

2-Methoxyestradiol suppresses microtubule dynamics and arrests mitosis without depolymerizing microtubules

Molecular Cancer Therapeutics
Kathy KamathMary Ann Jordan


2-Methoxyestradiol (2ME2), a metabolite of estradiol-17beta, is a novel antimitotic and antiangiogenic drug candidate in phase I and II clinical trials for the treatment of a broad range of tumor types. 2ME2 binds to tubulin at or near the colchicine site and inhibits the polymerization of tubulin in vitro, suggesting that it may work by interfering with normal microtubule function. However, the role of microtubule depolymerization in its antitumor mechanism of action has been controversial. To determine the mechanism by which 2ME2 induces mitotic arrest, we analyzed its effects on microtubule polymerization in vitro and its effects on dynamic instability both in vitro and in living MCF7 cells. In vitro, 2ME2 (5-100 micromol/L) inhibited assembly of purified tubulin in a concentration-dependent manner, with maximal inhibition (60%) at 200 micromol/L 2ME2. However, with microtubule-associated protein-containing microtubules, significantly higher 2ME2 concentrations were required to depolymerize microtubules, and polymer mass was reduced by only 13% at 500 micromol/L 2ME2. In vitro, dynamic instability was inhibited at lower concentrations. Specifically, 4 micromol/L 2ME2 reduced the mean growth rate by 17% and dynamicity by 27%....Continue Reading

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Microtubule-Associated Proteins
Estradiol, (16 alpha,17 beta)-Isomer
Microtubule Depolymerization Process
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Strongylocentrotus purpuratus
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