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Icariin potentiates the antitumor activity of gemcitabine in gallbladder cancer by suppressing NF-κB.
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PMID:  23274410     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
Aim:Gemcitabine has been increasingly prescribed for the treatment of gallbladder cancer. However, the response rate is low. The aim of this study is to determine whether icariin, a flavonoid isolated from Epimedi herba, could potentiate the antitumor activity of gemcitabine in gallbladder cancer.Methods:Human gallbladder carcinoma cell lines GBC-SD and SGC-996 were tested. Cell proliferation and apoptosis were analyzed using MTT assay and flow cytometry, respectively. The expression of apoptosis- and proliferation-related molecules was detected with Western blotting. Caspase-3 activity was analyzed using colorimetric assay, and NF-κB activity was measured with ELISA. A gallbladder cancer xenograft model was established in female BALB/c (nu/nu) mice. The mice were intraperitoneally administered gemcitabine (125 mg/kg) in combination with icariin (40 mg/kg) for 2 weeks.Results:Icariin (40-160 μg/mL) dose-dependently suppressed cell proliferation and induced apoptosis in both GBC-SD and SGC-996 cells, with SGC-996 cells being less sensitive to the drug. Icariin (40 μg/mL) significantly enhanced the antitumor activity of gemcitabine (0.5 μmol/L) in both GBC-SD and SGC-996 cells. The mice bearing gallbladder cancer xenograft treated with gemcitabine in combination with icariin exhibited significantly smaller tumor size than the mice treated with either drug alone. In GBC-SD cells, icariin significantly inhibited both the constitutive and gemcitabine-induced NF-κB activity, enhanced caspase-3 activity, induced G(0)-G(1) phase arrest, and suppressed the expression of Bcl-2, Bcl-xL and surviving proteins.Conclusion:Icariin, by suppressing NF-κB activity, exerts antitumor activity, and potentiates the antitumor activity of gemcitabine in gallbladder cancer. Combined administration of gemcitabine and icariin may offer a better therapeutic option for the patients with gallbladder cancer.
Dian-Cai Zhang; Jin-Long Liu; Yong-Bin Ding; Jian-Guo Xia; Guo-Yu Chen
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Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2012-12-31
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Title:  Acta pharmacologica Sinica     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1745-7254     ISO Abbreviation:  Acta Pharmacol. Sin.     Publication Date:  2012 Dec 
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Created Date:  2012-12-31     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
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Nlm Unique ID:  100956087     Medline TA:  Acta Pharmacol Sin     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
Department of General Surgery, The First Affiliated Hospital, Nanjing Medical University, Nanjing 210029, China.
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