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Abstract Title:

Calebin A Potentiates the Effect of 5-FU and TNF-β (Lymphotoxin α) against Human Colorectal Cancer Cells: Potential Role of NF-κB.

Abstract Source:

Int J Mol Sci. 2020 Mar 31 ;21(7). Epub 2020 Mar 31. PMID: 32244288

Abstract Author(s):

Constanze Buhrmann, Ajaikumar B Kunnumakkara, Bastian Popper, Muhammed Majeed, Bharat B Aggarwal, Mehdi Shakibaei

Article Affiliation:

Constanze Buhrmann


OBJECTIVE: The majority of chemotherapeutic agents stimulate NF-κB signaling that mediates cell survival, proliferation and metastasis. The natural turmeric non-curcuminoid derivate Calebin A has been shown to suppress cell growth, invasion and colony formation in colorectal cancer cells (CRC) by suppression of NF-κB signaling. Therefore, we hypothesized herethat Calebin A might chemosensitize the TNF-β-treated tumor cells and potentiates the effect of 5-Fluorouracil (5-FU) in advanced CRC.

MATERIALS AND METHODS: CRC cells (HCT116) and their clonogenic 5-FU chemoresistant counterparts (HCT116R) were cultured in monolayer or alginate-based 3D tumor environment culture and were treated with/without Calebin A, TNF-β, 5-FU, BMS-345541 and DTT (dithiothreitol).

RESULTS: The results showed that TNF-β increased proliferation, invasion and resistance to apoptosis in chemoresistant CRC cells. Pretreatment with Calebin A significantly chemosensitized HCT116R to 5-FU and inhibited the TNF-β-induced enhanced efforts for survival, invasion and anti-apoptotic effects. We found further that Calebin Asignificantly suppressed TNF-β-induced phosphorylation and nuclear translocation of p65-NF-κB, similar to BMS-345541 (specific IKK inhibitor) and NF-κB-induced tumor-promoting biomarkers (NF-κB, β1-Integrin, MMP-9, CXCR4, Ki67). This was associated with increased apoptosis in HCT116 and HCT116R cells. Furthermore, blocking of p65-NF-κB stimulation by Calebin A was imparted through the downmodulation of p65-NF-κB binding to the DNA and this suppression was turned by DTT.

CONCLUSION: Our findings indicate, for the first time, that Calebin A chemosensitizes human CRC cells to chemotherapy by targeting of the p65-NF-κB signaling pathway.

Study Type : Human In Vitro

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