School of Chinese Medicine
Inhibition of STAT3 signalling contributes to the antimelanoma action of atractylenolide II
© 2014 John Wiley & Sons A/S. Published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd. Our previous studies showed that atractylenolide II (AT-II) has antimelanoma effects in B16 melanoma cells. In this study, we investigated the involvement of STAT3 signalling in the antimelanoma action of AT-II. Daily administration of AT-II (12.5, 25 mg/kg, i.g.) for 14 days significantly inhibited tumor growth in a B16 xenograft mouse model and inhibited the activation/phosphorylation of STAT3 and Src in the xenografts. In B16 and A375 cells, AT-II (20, 40 μm) treatment for 48 h dose-dependently reduced protein expression levels of phospho-STAT3, phospho-Src, as well as STAT3-regulated Mcl-1 and Bcl-xL. Overexpression of a constitutively active variant of STAT3, STAT3C in A375 cells diminished the antiproliferative and apoptotic effects of AT-II. These data suggest that inhibition of STAT3 signalling contributes to the antimelanoma action of AT-II. Our findings shed new light on the mechanism of action underlying the antimelanoma effects of AT-II and provide further pharmacological basis for developing AT-II as a novel melanoma chemopreventive/chemotherapeutic agent.
Atractylenolide II, Melanoma, Src, STAT3
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Fu, Xiu-Qiong, Gui-Xin Chou, Hiu Yee Kwan, Anfernee Kai-Wing Tse, Li-Han Zhao, Tsz-Kin Yuen, Hui-Hui Cao, Hua Yu, Xiao-Juan Chao, Tao Su, Brian Chi-Yan Cheng, Xue-Gang Sun, and Zhi-Ling Yu. "Inhibition of STAT3 signalling contributes to the antimelanoma action of atractylenolide II." Experimental Dermatology 23.11 (2014): 855-857.