Cynaropicrin Shows Antitumor Progression Potential in Colorectal Cancer Through Mediation of the LIFR/STATs Axis.

Frontiers in Cell and Developmental Biology
Dandan ZhengLiangxing Wang


Colorectal cancer (CRC) is the second deadliest malignant disease in the world and the leukemia inhibitory factor receptor/signal transducers and activators of transcriptions (LIFR/STATs) signaling axis plays an important role in the molecular biology of CRC. Cell function tests were performed to observe the inhibitory effect of cynaropicrin on human CRC cells (RKO, HCT116, and DLD-1). Expression levels of LIFR, P-STAT3, P-STAT4, and apoptotic proteins were detected by Western blotting. Immunoprecipitation confirmed the presence of LIFR/STAT3/STAT4 complex. Cell immunofluorescence assay was used to observe the subcellular localization of STAT3 and STAT4. In vivo efficacy of cynaropicrin was evaluated by a xenotransplantation model in nude mice. Cynaropicrin significantly reduced the survival ability of human CRC cells and promoted apoptosis in a dose-dependent manner. Western blotting results suggested that the antitumor effects of cynaropicrin might be mediated by inhibition of the LIFR/STATs axis. Cynaropicrin reduced the formation of STAT3/STAT4 heterodimers and blocked their entry into the nucleus. Cynaropicrin also suppressed tumor growth in the xenograft model. The results showed that cynaropicrin exerted a strong inhibit...Continue Reading


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