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eISSN: 1643-3750


Published: 2019-10-20

Esculetin Inhibits Proliferation, Invasion, and Migration of Laryngeal Cancer In Vitro and In Vivo by Inhibiting Janus Kinas (JAK)-Signal Transducer and Activator of Transcription-3 (STAT3) Activation

Geng Zhang, Yi Xu, Hui-fang Zhou

(Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Tianjin Medical University General Hospital, Tianjin, China (mainland))

Med Sci Monit 2019; 25:7853-7863

DOI: 10.12659/MSM.916246


BACKGROUND: Laryngeal cancer is one of the most common malignant tumors of the head and neck. Natural compounds in traditional Chinese medicine provide many valuable potential compounds for tumor chemotherapy. Esculetin, a coumarin derivative from several herbs, inhibits proliferation of many types of cancer cells, but its anticancer effect in laryngeal cancer is still not clear.
MATERIAL AND METHODS: We performed in vitro proliferation assay, invasion assay, and migration assay to assess the effect of esculetin against LC, and in vivo nude mouse xenograft animal model was used as well. Flow cytometry was conducted to analyze the effect of esculetin on cell cycle of LC cells, and Western blot analysis was used to assess the effect esculetin on the JAK-STAT signaling pathway.
RESULTS: Esculetin remarkably inhibits proliferation, migration, and invasion of LC cells, and reduces in vivo xenograft tumor growth and tumor weight in a dose-dependent manner. Our molecular mechanism study demonstrated that esculetin significantly inhibits STAT3 phosphorylation and blocks translocation of STAT3 into the nucleus, and esculetin also blocks the cell cycle in G1/S phase.
CONCLUSIONS: In a summary, by inhibiting the STAT3 activation, esculetin shows potential anticancer effects against the laryngeal cancer.

Keywords: Antigen-Presenting Cells, Head and Neck Neoplasms, STAT3 Transcription Factor



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