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The decrease of cell membrane fluidity by the non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug Licofelone inhibits epidermal growth factor receptor signalling and triggers apoptosis in HCA-7 colon cancer cells.
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PMID:  22343320     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
The ability to induce changes in cell membrane properties is nowadays considered an additional mechanism to explain the pharmacological effects of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). We previously demonstrated that the NSAID Licofelone, a dual cyclooxygenase/5-lipoxygenase inhibitor, triggers apoptosis in HCA-7 colon cancer cells independently from the inhibition of these enzymes. Here, we provide evidence that, in HCA-7 cells, the pro-apoptotic effect of this drug relies, at least in part, on its ability to inhibit epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) signalling by a decrease of cell membrane fluidity. Indeed, Licofelone induced a relevant change in the relative proportions of some saturated, monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fatty acids constituting HCA-7 phospholipid fraction, and significantly increased the levels of cholesterol in HCA-7 cell membrane. All of these changes resulted in a remarkable decrease of membrane fluidity. Such phenomenon was associated with the block of EGFR kinase activity and of its downstream targets, the p44-42 mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAPK) and AKT cascades, whose inhibitions were found to induce apoptosis in HCA-7 cells. Overall, these findings provide a new additional mechanism by which NSAIDs are effective toward colon cancer cells.
Simona Tavolari; Alessandra Munarini; Gianluca Storci; Stefan Laufer; Pasquale Chieco; Tiziana Guarnieri
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Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2012-2-14
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Title:  Cancer letters     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1872-7980     ISO Abbreviation:  -     Publication Date:  2012 Feb 
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Created Date:  2012-2-27     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
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Nlm Unique ID:  7600053     Medline TA:  Cancer Lett     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
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Copyright © 2012 Elsevier Ireland Ltd. All rights reserved.
Center for Applied Biomedical Research (C.R.B.A.), Sant'Orsola-Malpighi University Hospital, Bologna, Italy.
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