Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.bcp.2009.12.014
Title: Inhibition of the JAK-STAT3 pathway by andrographolide enhances chemosensitivity of cancer cells to doxorubicin
Authors: Zhou, J. 
Ong, C.-N. 
Shen, H.-M. 
Hur, G.-M.
Keywords: Andro
Apoptosis
Doxorubicin
STAT3
Issue Date: 2010
Source: Zhou, J., Ong, C.-N., Shen, H.-M., Hur, G.-M. (2010). Inhibition of the JAK-STAT3 pathway by andrographolide enhances chemosensitivity of cancer cells to doxorubicin. Biochemical Pharmacology 79 (9) : 1242-1250. ScholarBank@NUS Repository. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.bcp.2009.12.014
Abstract: Andrographolide (Andro), a diterpenoid lactone isolated from a traditional herbal medicine Andrographis paniculata, is known to possess potent anti-inflammatory and anticancer properties. In this study, we sought to examine the effect of Andro on signal transducer and activator of transcription 3 (STAT3) pathway and evaluate whether suppression of STAT3 activity by Andro could sensitize cancer cells to a chemotherapeutic drug doxorubicin. First, we demonstrated that Andro is able to significantly suppress both constitutively activated and IL-6-induced STAT3 phosphorylation and subsequent nuclear translocation in cancer cells. Such inhibition is found to be achieved through suppression of Janus-activated kinase (JAK)1/2 and interaction between STAT3 and gp130. For understanding the biological significance of the inhibitory effect of Andro on STAT3, we next investigated the effect of Andro on doxorubicin-induced apoptosis in human cancer cells. In our study the constitutive activation level of STAT3 was found to be correlated to the resistance of cancer cells to doxorubicin-induced apoptosis. Both the short-term MTT assay and the long-term colony formation assay showed that Andro dramatically promoted doxorubicin-induced cell death in cancer cells, indicating that Andro enhances the sensitivity of cancer cells to doxorubicin mainly via STAT3 suppression. These observations thus reveal a novel anticancer function of Andro and suggest a potential therapeutic strategy of using Andro in combination with chemotherapeutic agents for treatment of cancer. © 2009 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
Source Title: Biochemical Pharmacology
URI: http://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/24575
ISSN: 00062952
DOI: 10.1016/j.bcp.2009.12.014
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