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Ferruginol Diterpenoid Selectively Inhibits Human Thyroid Cancer Growth by Inducing Mitochondrial Dependent Apoptosis, Endogenous Reactive Oxygen Species (ROS) Production, Mitochondrial Membrane Potential Loss and Suppression of Mitogen-Activated Protein Kinase (MAPK) and PI3K/AKT Signaling Pathways

Guoqing Luo, Jingjing Zhou, Guanjie Li, Ningdong Hu, Xu Xia, Haibo Zhou

(Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Qingyuan People’s Hospital (The Sixth Affiliated Hospital of Guangzhou Medical University), Qingyuan, Guangdong, China (mainland))

Med Sci Monit 2019; 25:2935-2942

DOI: 10.12659/MSM.914348


BACKGROUND: Thyroid cancer causes considerable mortality and morbidity across the globe. Owing to the unavailability of biomarkers and the adverse effects of existing drugs, there is an urgent need to develop efficient chemotherapy for the treatment of thyroid cancers. Plants have served as exceptional source of drugs for the treatment of lethal diseases. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the anticancer effects of ferruginol against thyroid cancer cells.
MATERIAL AND METHODS: We monitored the cell proliferation rate using 3-(4,5-dimethylthiazol-2-Yl)-2,5-diphenyltetrazolium bromide (MTT) assay. Apoptosis was detected using 4’,6-diamidino-2-phenylindole (DAPI), acridine orange/ethidium bromide (AO/EB), and annexin V/propidium iodide (PI) staining. Reactive oxygen species (ROS) and mitochondrial membrane potential (MMP) levels were examined by fluorescence microscopy. Protein expressed was examined by western blotting.
RESULTS: We found that ferruginol exerted potent antiproliferative action against thyroid cancer cells, and an IC₅₀ of 12 µM was observed for ferruginol against the MDA-T32 cell line. The toxic effects of ferruginol were less pronounced against normal cells. The anticancer effects of ferruginol were likely due to the induction of apoptosis which was also associated with upregulation of Bax and downregulation of Bcl-2. Ferruginol also caused ROS mediated alterations in the MMP of MDA-T32 cells. In MDA-T32 cells, ferruginol might also block the MAPK and PI3K/AKT signaling pathway, which is believed to be an important therapeutic target of anticancer drugs.
CONCLUSIONS: In conclusion, in view of the results of this study, it might be suggested that ferruginol might serve as an essential lead molecule for the treatment of thyroid cancer provided further in-depth studies especially studying ferruginol toxicological as well as in vivo studies are needed.

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