This article has Open Peer Review reports available.
Teng-Long-Bu-Zhong-Tang, a Chinese herbal formula, enhances anticancer effects of 5 - Fluorouracil in CT26 colon carcinoma
© Deng et al.; licensee BioMed Central Ltd. 2013
Received: 29 January 2013
Accepted: 28 May 2013
Published: 8 June 2013
Colorectal cancer remains one of the leading causes of cancer death worldwide. Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) has played a positive role in colorectal cancer treatment. There is a great need to establish effective herbal formula for colorectal cancer treatment. Based on TCM principles and clinical practices, we have established an eight herbs composed formula for colorectal cancer treatment, which is Teng-Long-Bu-Zhong-Tang (TLBZT). We have demonstrated the anticancer effects of TLBZT against colorectal carcinoma in vitro. In present study, we evaluated the anticancer potential of TLBZT, used alone or in combination with low dose of 5-Fluorouracil (5-Fu), in CT26 colon carcinoma in vivo.
CT26 colon carcinoma was established in BALB/c mice and treated with TLBZT, 5-Fu, or TLBZT plus 5-Fu. The tumor volumes were observed. Apoptosis was detected by TUNEL assay. Caspases activities were detected by colorimetric assay. Cell senescence was indentified by senescence β-galactosidase staining. Gene expression and angiogenesis was observed by immunohistochemistry or western blot.
TLBZT significantly inhibited CT26 colon carcinoma growth. TLBZT elicited apoptosis in CT26 colon carcinoma, accompanied by Caspase-3, 8, and 9 activation and PARP cleavage, and downregulation of XIAP and Survivin. TLBZT also induced cell senescence in CT26 colon carcinoma, with concomitant upregulation of p16 and p21 and downregulation of RB phosphorylation. In addition, angiogenesis and VEGF expression in CT26 colon carcinoma was significantly inhibited by TLBZT treatment. Furthermore, TLBZT significantly enhanced anticancer effects of 5-Fu in CT26 colon carcinoma.
TLBZT exhibited significantly anticancer effect, and enhanced the effects of 5-Fu in CT26 colon carcinoma, which may correlate with induction of apoptosis and cell senescence, and angiogenesis inhibition. The present study provides new insight into TCM approaches for colon cancer treatment that are worth of further study.
Colorectal cancer is the third most commonly diagnosed cancer in males and the second in females worldwide. The incidence of colorectal cancer is increasing due to smoking, lack physical activities, overweight and obesity, red and processed meat consumption, and excessive alcohol consumption . The current treatment of colorectal cancer mainly depends on surgery, chemotherapy, radiotherapy and targeted therapy. However, the curative effect of these treatments are less than satisfactory, the 5-year overall survival after resection for colon cancer is about 60% , the 5-year survival for metastatic colorectal cancer is only approximately 10% . Colorectal cancer remains the fourth leading cause of cancer death in men and the third in women worldwide . Clearly, development of novel approach for colorectal cancer treatment is highly warranted.
In China, Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) has played a positive role in colorectal cancer treatment. TCM has been confirmed to effectively enhance curative effects and reduce toxic side effects of chemotherapy, palliate clinical syndrome, prevent recurrence and metastasis, improve quality of life and immune function, and prolong survival time in colorectal cancer . The personalized TCM therapy is Syndrome Based Differential Treatment. In Chinese herbalism, every herb has its own characteristics. Diseases can be effectively treated by combining herbs based on their various features. Combinations of multiple herbs guided by TCM theories, called Chinese herbal formula, are the major application form of Chinese herb. Due to the lack of appropriate ancient Chinese herbal formula for cancer, most TCM physicians combine multiple herbs for a formula or prescription based on the patient’s illness and body condition, TCM principles, pharmacological studies and personal experience . There is a great need to establish effective herbal formula for colorectal cancer treatment.
According to the TCM theories and clinical observations, the pathogenesis of colorectal cancer is related to damp-heat, toxicity accumulation, and spleen-deficiency [4, 6, 7]. Based on the therapeutic method of clearing heat-toxicity, eliminating dampness and tonifying Pi (spleen), and the modern principle of anticancer and anti-angiogenesis, and TCM clinical practices, we have established an eight herbs composed formula for colorectal cancer treatment, which is Teng-Long-Bu-Zhong-Tang (TLBZT). We have demonstrated TLBZT may inhibit proliferation, activate Caspases to induce apoptosis, upregulate p16 and p21 and downregulate RB phosphorylation to induce cell senescence in colon carcinoma cells in vitro[8, 9]. In present study, we evaluated the anticancer effects of TLBZT, used alone and in combination with low dose of 5-Fluorouracil (5-Fu), in CT26 colon carcinoma in vivo.
DMEM medium and fetal bovine serum was obtained from Hyclone (Logan, UT). 5-Fu injection was bought form Xudong Haipu Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd (Shanghai, China). FragEL™ DNA Fragmentation Detection Kit was purchased from EMD Millipore (Darmstadt, Germany). Senescence β-Galactosidase Staining Kit and PARP antibody were from Cell Signaling Technology (Danvers, MA). Caspase-3, Caspase-8 and Caspase-9 Activity Assay Kit were obtained from Beyotime Institute of Biotechnology (Jiangshu, China). Antibody against p21 was purchases from Boster Bio-engineering Limited Company (WuHan, China). XIAP, Survivin, GAPDH and pRB antibodies were purchased from Bioworld Technology (St. Louis Park, MN). Antibody against p16 was purchased from Proteintech (Chicago, IL). Antibodies against CD31 and VEGF were the product of from Santa Cruz Biotechnology (Santa Cruz, CA).
Preparation of TLBZT
The herbs used in TLBZT formula (Chinese patent ZL200910197565.2) are the roots of Actinidia chinensis (Teng-Li-Geng) 30 g, Solanum nigrum (Long-Kui) 15 g, Duchesnea indica (She-Mei) 15 g, Atractylodes macrocephala Koidz (Bai-Zhu) 9 g, Poria cocos (Fu-Ling) 15 g, Coix seed (Yi-Yi-Ren) 30 g, Mistletoe (Hu-Ji-Sheng) 15 g, and Scutellaria barbata (Ban-Zhi-Lian) 30 g. All those herbs were from the herb store in Longhua Hospital according to the original proportion, and decocted twice with 8-fold volume of distilled water for 1 hour. The decoction were collected, filtered, merged and concentrated to 1.5 g/mL (equivalent to crude herb materials), and stored at 4°C.
For Gas chromatography–mass spectrometry (GC/MS) analysis, TLBZT were further extracted with dichloromethane and diethyl ether, and passed through 0.22 μm filter. GC/MS analysis of TLBZT extract was performed by GCMS6800 (Skyray Instrument, Jiangsu, China) equipped with a DB-5ms column (30 m × 0.25 mm × 0.25 μm) (Agilent technologies, CA). Helium was used as carrier gas at a constant flow rate of 1 mL/min. An injection volume of 1 μL was employed in splitless mode. Injector and ion-source were maintained at 280°C and 230°C, respectively. The mass-scan range was 50–500. The GC/MS profile of TLBZT is presented in Additional file 1: Figure S1.
Cell culture and animal model
Murine colon carcinoma CT26 cells were obtained from obtained from Cell Bank of Type Culture Collection of Chinese Academy of Sciences. CT26 cells were grown in DMEM medium with 10% FBS, penicillin (100 U/mL) and streptomycin (100 μg/mL) and maintained at 37°C with 5% CO2 in a humidified atmosphere. Female (6–7 weeks old) BALB/c mice (obtained from Shanghai SLAC Laboratory animal center) were acclimated for one week and were fed with animal chow and water ad libitum in SPF animal laboratory of Longhua Hospital.
The mice were injected s.c. with 1 × 106 CT26 cells in 100 μl PBS in the right flank. When the tumors were palpable, the mice were randomly divided into 4 groups (n=10 mice/group), and intragastric administered with TLBZT (22.5 g/kg/0.3 ml, equivalent to crude herb materials, once a day) or same volume of distilled water, or i.p. administered with 5-FU (30 mg/kg/0.3 ml, once a week), or treated with both TLBZT and 5-Fu. Tumor width (W) and length (L) were measured every 3 days by calipers. The tumor volume (Tv) was calculated according to the formula: Tv = 0.52 × L × W2. After three weeks of treatment, the mice were sacrificed, and the tumors were removed, weighed and subjected to further experiments. All studies involving mice were approved by the Longhua Hospital Animal Care and Use Committee.
Apoptotic cells were identified by TUNEL (terminal deoxynucleotidyl transferase-mediated nick end labeling) assay following the manufacturer’s guide. Images were captured by the Olympus microscope at ×200 magnification. The apoptotic cells were counted by Image-Pro Plus 6.0 software.
Caspases activities assay
The activities of Caspases were detected by Caspase-3, 8 and 9 Activity Assay Kit. According to the manufacturer's protocol, the tumor samples were homogenized, and the supernatant were collected and determined protein concentration. Then, the supernatant were respectively incubated with Ac-DEVD-pNA (Caspase-3), Ac-IETD-pNA (Caspase-8) and Ac-LEHD-pNA (Caspase-9) in assay buffer at 37°C for 2 hours. Finally, the production of p-nitroaniline was monitored by microplate reader at wavelength of 405 nm.
Senescence β-galactosidase staining
Senescent cells in tumor samples were identified by Senescence β-galactosidase (SA-β-gal) staining was performed according to the manufacturer's protocol. Images were captured by Olympus microscope at ×200 magnification and analyzed by Image-Pro Plus 6.0 software.
The paraffin-embedded tumor tissues were sectioned (5 μm), deparaffinized, blocked with 3% hydrogen peroxide and washed with PBS. For immunostaining, sections were probed with antibodies against cleaved PARP (1:100), XIAP (1:200), Survivin (1:200), p21 (1:200), p16 (1:200), pRB (1:200), CD31 (1:100), and VEGF (1:100) at 4°C overnight, followed by incubation with secondary antibody and visualized using 3,3-diaminobenzidine as chromagen. Sections were counterstained with hematoxylin and mounted with glass coverslips. Images were captured by the Olympus microscope, and analyzed by Image-Pro Plus 6.0 software.
Western blots were performed as described previously . Briefly, after three weeks treatment, CT26 carcinomas (3 tumors/group) were collected, lysed, combined and subjected to 8–10% SDS-PAGE gel, and transferred onto a nitrocellulose membrane (Amersham). The transferred membrane were blocked with 5% non-fat milk, washed, and probed with antibodies against cleaved PARP (1:1000), XIAP (1:1000), Survivin (1:1000), p16 (1:1000), p21 (1:1000), pRB (1:1000), VEGF (1:500) or GAPDH (1:2000). Blots were then washed and incubated with IRDye 700- conjugated (1:3000) or IRDye 800-conjugated (1:5000) secondary antibodies (Rockland Immunochemicals), and visualized in Odyssey Infrared Imaging System (LI-COR Biosciences).
Results were expressed as mean ± standard deviation, and the differences between groups were compared by one-way ANOVA. Differences were considered significant at P<0.05.
TLBZT and 5-Fu inhibited CT26 colon carcinoma growth
TLBZT and 5-Fu induced apoptosis in CT26 colon carcinoma
TLBZT and 5-Fu activated Caspases
Effects of TLBZT and 5-Fu on XIAP and Survivin expression
TLBZT induced cell senescence in CT26 colon carcinoma
Effects of TLBZT cell senescence related gene expression
TLBZT inhibited angiogenesis and VEGF expression
In TCM, the principle of combining herbs for a Chinese herbal formula is monarch, minister, assistant and guide (Jun, Chen, Zuo and Shi) [5, 22]. The monarch herb(s) are the key ingredient in the formula to target the primary cause or syndrome. Minister herb(s) are used to strength the effect of the Monarch herb(s) or address the secondary syndromes. Assistant herb(s) are utilized to reinforce the curative effect of the Monarch or Minister herb(s), or allay the drastic and toxic effect of the Monarch or Minister herb(s). While the Guide herb(s) are applied to harmonize and integrate the effects of other herbs, or direct the formula to act on the target meridian or the offending part of body. However, Guide herb(s) are not indispensable for a formula, based on the specific conditions, Guide herb(s) might be used or not used in a formula.
According to the TCM theories, Actinidia chinensis, Solanum nigrum and Duchesnea indica are used to against the pathogenic factors of damp-heat and toxicity accumulation, and served as Monarch herbs in TLBZT. In addition to traditional herbal efficacy, Actinidia chinensis, Solanum nigrum and Duchesnea indica also have been proved anticancer potential. It has been reported ethanol extracts from Actinidia chinensis may inhibit colon carcinoma LoVo cells and HT-29 cells proliferation, and induce apoptosis in LoVo cells accompanied by Bcl-2/Bax downregulation and Caspase-3 upregulation [23, 24]. Components of Solanum nigrum, such as solamargine, Solanine, polysaccharide and polyphenol-rich extract of Solanum nigrum have demonstrated anticancer effects against various cancer cells [25–28]. Phenolic extract of Duchesnea indica can inhibit cervical and ovarian cancer growth through induction of apoptosis and cell cycle arrest [29, 30].
Atractylodes macrocephala Koidz, Poria cocos and Coix seed are used as Minister herbs to target spleen-deficiency, damp and the loss of appetite induced by long-term use of Monarch herbs. In addition to traditional efficacy of tonifying Pi (spleen), Atractylodes macrocephala Koidz, Poria cocos and Coix seed or their components also have been showed anticancer effects against cancer cells. Atractylodes macrocephala Koidz extract may inhibit S180 tumor growth . Poricotriol A from Poria cocos may induce apoptosis in leukemia HL-60 cells and lung cancer A549 cells . Pachymic acid from Poria cocos may reduce cell proliferation and induced apoptosis through mitochondria dysfunction in prostate cancer cells . Kanglaite injection, a Coix seed extract, has been widely used as anticancer drug in Chinese oncological clinical . In addition, a variety of compounds from Coix seed bran ethanolic extract, such as coixspirolactam D, coixspirolactam E, coixspiroenone, coixspirolactam A, coixspirolactam C, coixlactam, and ficusal, may significantly inhibite breast cancer cells proliferation .
Scutellaria barbata and Mistletoe are Assistant herbs to enhance the effects of Monarch and Minister herbs by their anti-angiogenesis and anticancer effects. It has been reported Scutellaria barbata may inhibit angiogenesis in vitro and in colorectal cancer model via suppression of Hedgehog pathway and VEGF [16, 17]. Scutellaria barbata extract also have been showed cytotoxity effects against human colon cancer cells . Viscum album (Mistletoe) may induce apoptosis in endothelial cells and inhibit angiogenesis [18, 19]. In addition, Mistletoe lectins could inhibit proliferation and induce apoptosis in colon cancer HT-29 cells . TLBZT is an herbal formula fitted with both TCM theories and the principle of anticancer. In present study, we observed TLBZT, alone or in combination with 5-Fu, significantly inhibited CT26 colon carcinoma growth accompanied by apoptosis.
Apoptosis is an evolutionarily conserved cell suicide process that acts to balance mitosis in the development and maintenance of tissue homeostasis for the removal of superfluous, transformed or damaged cells, and has been recognized as a popular target for anticancer therapy [10, 38, 39]. Two major pathways have been identified in the process of apoptosis. In extrinsic death receptor pathway, the death ligands (FasL, TRAIL, etc.) binds to the death receptors (FAS, TRAIL-R, etc.) which recruits adaptor proteins, such as Fas-associated death domain (FADD), to form ligand-receptor-adaptor protein complex (known as the death-inducing signalling complex, DISC), and then activists Caspase-8, followed by Caspase-3 activation and apoptosis. The intrinsic pathway involves the signals to mitochondria which lead to release of cytochrome C from mitochondria. Released Cytochrome C combines Apaf-1 and Caspase-9 to form apoptosome and activates Caspase-9 which in turn activates Caspases-3, causing the cell to undergo apoptosis. As the members of inhibitor of apoptosis proteins (IAPs), XIAP and Survivin are overexpressed in colorectal cancer, and have been recognized as diagnostic markers and therapeutic targets [12, 13, 40]. XIAP and Survivin may inhibit activation of Caspases, downregulation of XIAP and Survivin could sensitize colorectal cancer cell to drug induced apoptosis [41, 42]. In present study, TLBZT alone or in combination with 5-Fu, significantly induced apoptosis in CT26 colon carcinoma, accompanied by Casapse-3, 8 and 9 activation, and downregulation of XIAP and Survivin, suggested casapses activation and downregulation of XIAP and Survivin may contribute to TLBZT and 5-Fu induced apoptosis.
In addition to apoptosis, cell senescence also contributes to cancer therapeutic response, and has been suggested as a cancer treatment target [43–45]. Cell senescence is a state of stable irreversible cell cycle arrest and loss of proliferative capacity. Senescent cell maintains some metabolic activity but no longer proliferates, and exhibits increased SA-β-gal activity at an acidic pH. Positive of SA-β-gal staining at an acidic pH has been identified as biomarker of cell senescence since 1995 . Cell senescence is closely related to the activation of the CDKN2a (p16INK4A)/pRB or CDKN1a (p21WAF-1/Cip1)/pRB signaling pathway [15, 43–45]. The CDK4 and CDK6 inhibitor p16 participates in regulation of RB phosphorylation, induces cell cycle arrest, and contributes to the induction of cell senescence. p21, an important cell cycle regulator, inhibits a variety of cyclin/CDK complexes, resulted in hypophosphorylation or dephosphorylation of RB protein which binds to E2F and prevents it from activating target genes that are essential in the cell cycle, usually leading to cell cycle arrest. It have been reported natural products, such as Ganoderiol F, Antrodia camphorata extract, Liver-Yin tonifying herbs can inhibit cancer cell growth via cell senescence [46–48]. In present study, TLBZT significantly increased SA-β-gal activity accompanied by an increase in p16 and p21, and downregulation of RB phosphorylation, suggested that TLBZT may induce cell senescence in CT26 carcinoma and related to upregulation of p16 and p21 and downregulation of RB phosphorylation.
Angiogenesis, the process of new blood vessel generate from existing vessels, plays a crucial role in tumor growth and metastasis. Angiogenesis has been recognized as an impotent therapeutic target for cancer treatment since it first proposed by Judah Folkman in 1971 . Currently, angiogenesis targeted drugs, such as bevacizumab (monoclonal antibody against VEGF), sorafenib, sunitinib, pazopanib and everolimus have been wildly used in clinical. CD31 or platelet/endothelial cell adhesion molecule-1(PECAM-1) is a widely used marker protein for angiogenesis [20, 21]. VEGF, secreted by cancer cells, vascular endothelial cells or tumor associate macrophages, is a major driver of tumor angiogenesis [50, 51]. By stimulating vascular endothelial cells proliferation, VEGF can trigger angiogenesis and promote tumor growth. In present study, we detected TLBZT significantly inhibited angiogenesis in CT26 colon carcinoma with concomitant downregulation of VEGF, suggested that anti-angiogenesis may contribute to TLBZT mediated anticancer effects. In TLBZT, Actinidia chinensis, Solanum nigrum, Duchesnea indica, Scutellaria barbata[16, 17], and Mistletoe[18, 19] or their ingredients have been demonstrated anti-angiogenesis effects. The components and the precise mechanism responsible for TLBZT induced anti-angiogenesis effects need to be further explored.
Our study demonstrated that TLBZT exhibited significantly anticancer effect, and enhanced the effects of 5-Fu in CT26 colon carcinoma, which may correlate with induction of apoptosis and cell senescence, and angiogenesis inhibition. The present study provides new insight into TCM approaches for colon cancer treatment that are worth of further study.
This work was partially supported by National Natural Science Foundation of China (81273726), Program from Science & Technology Commission of Shanghai Municipality (11495801300), Three-year Action Program of Shanghai Municipality for Traditional Chinese Medicine (ZYSNXD-CC-ZDYJ017), Long-Yi Scholars and Research Team Program from State Clinical Research Center of TCM in Longhua Hospital (LYTD-04), Xing-Lin Scholars Program and Key Discipline of State Administration of Traditional Chinese Medicine (Traditional Chinese Medicine in Oncology, LHZLK-1107), and Shanghai Shen Kang Platform Grant (SHDC12007206). We also thank Shanghai Key Laboratory of Tissue Engineering for technical assistance.
- Jemal A, Bray F, Center MM, Ferlay J, Ward E, Forman D: Global cancer statistics. CA Cancer J Clin. 2011, 61 (2): 69-90. 10.3322/caac.20107.View ArticlePubMedGoogle Scholar
- Storli KE, Søndenaa K, Bukholm IR, Nesvik I, Bru T, Furnes B, Hjelmeland B, Iversen KB, Eide GE: Overall survival after resection for colon cancer in a national cohort study was adversely affected by TNM stage, lymph node ratio, gender, and old age. Int J Colorectal Dis. 2011, 26 (10): 1299-1307. 10.1007/s00384-011-1244-2.View ArticlePubMedPubMed CentralGoogle Scholar
- Davies JM, Goldberg RM: Treatment of metastatic colorectal cancer. Semin Oncol. 2011, 38 (4): 552-560. 10.1053/j.seminoncol.2011.05.009.View ArticlePubMedGoogle Scholar
- Deng S, Hu B, An HM: Traditional Chinese Medicinal Syndromes and Treatment in Colorectal Cancer. J Cancer Ther. 2012, 3 (6): 888-897. 10.4236/jct.2012.326114.View ArticleGoogle Scholar
- Hu B, Du Q, Shen KP, Xu L: Principles and Scientific Basis of Traditional Chinese Medicine in Cancer Treatment. J Bioanal Biomed. 2012, S6: 005-10.4172/1948-593X.S6-005.Google Scholar
- Deng S, Hu B, Shen KP: Pathogenesis and treatment of colorectal cancer in Traditional Chinese Medicine. World Sci Technol Mod Trad Chinese Med Mater Med. 2012, 14 (4): 1858-1862. ChineseGoogle Scholar
- Wang XR, Yuan XB, Li P, Gao L: The TCM Syndrome Distribution in Colorectal Cancer. J Changchun Coll Trad Chinese Med. 2011, 2 (3): 377-379. ChineseGoogle Scholar
- Hu B, An HM, Shen KP, Du Q: Effects of Tenglong Buzhong Decoction on proliferation and apoptosis of human colon carcinoma cell line LS-174T. J Chinese Integr Med. 2010, 8 (6): 575-580. 10.3736/jcim20100611. ChineseView ArticleGoogle Scholar
- Hu B, An HM, Shen KP, Du Q: Senescence-inducing effects of Chinese herbal medicine Tenglong Buzhong Decoction on human colon carcinoma LS-174T cells and the mechanism. J Chinese Integr Med. 2010, 8 (11): 1048-1052. 10.3736/jcim20101108. ChineseView ArticleGoogle Scholar
- Wong RS: Apoptosis in cancer: from pathogenesis to treatment. J Exp Clin Cancer Res. 2011, 26 (30): 87-View ArticleGoogle Scholar
- Lazebnik YA, Kaufmann SH, Desnoyers S, Poirier GG, Earnshaw WC: Cleavage of poly (ADP-ribose) polymerase by a proteinase with properties like ICE. Nature. 1994, 371 (6495): 346-347. 10.1038/371346a0.View ArticlePubMedGoogle Scholar
- Xiang G, Wen X, Wang H, Chen K, Liu H: Expression of X-linked inhibitor of apoptosis protein in human colorectal cancer and its correlation with prognosis. J Surg Oncol. 2009, 100 (8): 708-712. 10.1002/jso.21408.View ArticlePubMedGoogle Scholar
- Hernandez JM, Farma JM, Coppola D, Hakam A, Fulp WJ, Chen DT, Siegel EM, Yeatman TJ, Shibata D: Expression of the antiapoptotic protein survivin in colon cancer. Clin Colorectal Cancer. 2011, 10 (3): 188-193. 10.1016/j.clcc.2011.03.014.View ArticlePubMedGoogle Scholar
- Dimri GP, Lee X, Basile G, Acosta M, Scott G, Roskelley C, Medrano EE, Linskens M, Rubelj I, Pereira-Smith O, Peacocke M, Campisi J: A biomarker that identifies senescent human cells in culture and in aging skin in vivo. Proc Natl Acad Sci USA. 1995, 92 (20): 9363-9367. 10.1073/pnas.92.20.9363.View ArticlePubMedPubMed CentralGoogle Scholar
- Roninson IB: Tumor cell senescence in cancer treatment. Cancer Res. 2003, 63 (11): 2705-2715.PubMedGoogle Scholar
- Zhang NN, Bu P, Zhu HH, Shen WG: Inhibitory effects of Scutellaria barbatae D. Don on tumor angiogenesis and its mechanism. Chinese J cancer. 2005, 24 (12): 1459-1463. ChineseGoogle Scholar
- Wei L, Lin J, Xu W, Cai Q, Shen A, Hong Z, Peng J: Scutellaria barbata D. Don Inhibits Tumor Angiogenesis via Suppression of Hedgehog Pathway in a Mouse Model of Colorectal Cancer. Int J Mol Sci. 2012, 13 (8): 9419-9430.View ArticlePubMedPubMed CentralGoogle Scholar
- Elluru SR, Duong Van Huyen JP, Delignat S, Prost F, Heudes D, Kazatchkine MD, Friboulet A, Kaveri SV: Antiangiogenic properties of viscum album extracts are associated with endothelial cytotoxicity. Anticancer Res. 2009, 29 (8): 2945-2950.PubMedGoogle Scholar
- Van Huyen JP, Bayry J, Delignat S, Gaston AT, Michel O, Bruneval P, Kazatchkine MD, Nicoletti A, Kaveri SV: Induction of apoptosis of endothelial cells by Viscum album: a role for anti-tumoral properties of mistletoe lectins. Mol Med. 2002, 8 (10): 600-6.PubMed CentralGoogle Scholar
- Kuzu I, Bicknell R, Harris AL, Jones M, Gatter KC, Mason DY: Heterogeneity of vascular endothelial cells with relevance to diagnosis of vascular tumours. J Clin Pathol. 1992, 45 (2): 143-148. 10.1136/jcp.45.2.143.View ArticlePubMedPubMed CentralGoogle Scholar
- Chetty C, Lakka SS, Bhoopathi P, Kunigal S, Geiss R, Rao JS: Tissue inhibitor of metalloproteinase 3 suppresses tumor angiogenesis in matrix metalloproteinase 2-down-regulated lung cancer. Cancer Res. 2008, 68 (12): 4736-4745. 10.1158/0008-5472.CAN-07-6612.View ArticlePubMedPubMed CentralGoogle Scholar
- Hsieh HY, Chiu PH, Wang SC: Epigenetics in traditional chinese pharmacy: a bioinformatic study at pharmacopoeia scale. Evid Based Complement Alternat Med. 2011, 201 (1): 816714-Google Scholar
- Zuo LL, Wang ZY, Fan ZL, Tian SQ, Liu JR: Evaluation of Antioxidant and Antiproliferative Properties of Three Actinidia (Actinidia kolomikta, Actinidia arguta, Actinidia chinensis) Extracts in Vitro. Int J Mol Sci. 2012, 13 (5): 5506-5518.View ArticlePubMedPubMed CentralGoogle Scholar
- Chen YJ, Shi RJ: Ethanol extract from radix of Actinidia chinensis inhibits cell proliferation and induces apoptosis in human colon carcinoma cell line LoVo. World Chinese J Digestol. 2012, 20 (18): 1657-1661. ChineseGoogle Scholar
- Ding X, Zhu FS, Li M, Gao SG: Induction of apoptosis in human hepatoma SMMC-7721 cells by solamargine from Solanum nigrum L. J Ethnopharmacol. 2012, 139 (2): 599-604. 10.1016/j.jep.2011.11.058.View ArticlePubMedGoogle Scholar
- Ji YB, Gao SY: Study on Mitochondrion Pathway of the Apoptosis of HepG2 Induced by Solanine. Chinese Pharm J. 2008, 43 (3): 272-275.Google Scholar
- Ji YB, Yuan HC, Gao SY, Sun HB: Material basis of cytotoxicity in polysaccharide from Solanum nigrum. Chinese Trad Herbal Drugs. 2011, 42 (11): 2275-2278. ChineseGoogle Scholar
- Nawab A, Thakur VS, Yunus M, Ali Mahdi A, Gupta S: Selective cell cycle arrest and induction of apoptosis in human prostate cancer cells by a polyphenol-rich extract of Solanum nigrum. Int J Mol Med. 2012, 29 (2): 277-284.PubMedGoogle Scholar
- Peng B, Hu Q, Liu X, Wang L, Chang Q, Li J, Tang J, Wang N, Wang Y: Duchesnea phenolic fraction inhibits in vitro and in vivo growth of cervical cancer through induction of apoptosis and cell cycle arrest. Exp Biol Med (Maywood). 2009, 234 (1): 74-83. 10.3181/0806-RM-204.View ArticleGoogle Scholar
- Peng B, Chang Q, Wang L, Hu Q, Wang Y, Tang J, Liu X: Suppression of human ovarian SKOV-3 cancer cell growth by Duchesnea phenolic fraction is associated with cell cycle arrest and apoptosis. Gynecol Onco. 2008, 108 (1): 173-181. 10.1016/j.ygyno.2007.09.016.View ArticleGoogle Scholar
- Zhu QJ, Zheng GJ, Zhang D: Study on antitumor effect and mechanism of extract of Atractylodes macrocephala Koidz. J Shandong Univ Trad Chinese Med. 2006, 30 (1): 69-71. ChineseGoogle Scholar
- Kikuchi T, Uchiyama E, Ukiya M, Tabata K, Kimura Y, Suzuki T, Akihisa T: Cytotoxic and apoptosis-inducing activities of triterpene acids from Poria cocos. J Nat Prod. 2011, 74 (2): 137-144. 10.1021/np100402b.View ArticlePubMedGoogle Scholar
- Gapter L, Wang Z, Glinski J, Ng KY: Induction of apoptosis in prostate cancer cells by pachymic acid from Poria cocos. Biochem Biophys Res Commun. 2005, 332 (4): 1153-1161. 10.1016/j.bbrc.2005.05.044.View ArticlePubMedGoogle Scholar
- Lu Y, Li CS, Dong Q: Chinese herb related molecules of cancer-cell-apoptosis: a minireview of progress between Kanglaite injection and related genes. J Exp Clin Cancer Res. 2008, 27: 31-10.1186/1756-9966-27-31.View ArticlePubMedPubMed CentralGoogle Scholar
- Chung CP, Hsu CY, Lin JH, Kuo YH, Chiang W, Lin YL: Antiproliferative lactams and spiroenone from adlay bran in human breast cancer cell lines. J Agric Food Chem. 2011, 59 (4): 1185-94. 10.1021/jf104088x.View ArticlePubMedGoogle Scholar
- Goh D, Lee YH, Ong ES: Inhibitory effects of a chemically standardized extract from Scutellaria barbata in human colon cancer cell lines. LoVo J Agric Food Chem. 2005, 53 (21): 8197-8204. 10.1021/jf051506+.View ArticlePubMedGoogle Scholar
- Wang SM, Ye M, Ni ZM: Effect of mistletoe lectins on proliferation and apoptosis in HT-29 colon cancer cell. Chinese J Clin Pharmacol Ther. 2007, 12 (9): 1028-1031. ChineseGoogle Scholar
- Kerr JF, Wyllie AH, Currie AR: Apoptosis: a basic biological phenomenon with wide-ranging implications in tissue kinetics. Br J Cancer. 1972, 26: 239-257. 10.1038/bjc.1972.33.View ArticlePubMedPubMed CentralGoogle Scholar
- Brown JM, Attardi LD: The role of apoptosis in cancer development and treatment response. Nat Rev Cancer. 2005, 5: 231-PubMedGoogle Scholar
- Miura K, Fujibuchi W, Ishida K, Naitoh T, Ogawa H, Ando T, Yazaki N, Watanabe K, Haneda S, Shibata C, Sasaki I: Inhibitor of apoptosis protein family as diagnostic markers and therapeutic targets of colorectal cancer. Surg Today. 2011, 41 (2): 175-182. 10.1007/s00595-010-4390-1.View ArticlePubMedGoogle Scholar
- Connolly K, Mitter R, Muir M, Jodrell D, Guichard S: Stable XIAP knockdown clones of HCT116 colon cancer cells are more sensitive to TRAIL, taxanes and irradiation in vitro. Cancer Chemother Pharmacol. 2009, 64 (2): 307-316. 10.1007/s00280-008-0872-x.View ArticlePubMedGoogle Scholar
- Cai M, Wang GB, Tao KX, Cai CX: Enhanced chemotherapy sensitivity of human colon cancer cells to 5-fluorouracil by siRNA recombinant expression vector targeting survivin gene. Chin Med Sci J. 2009, 24 (2): 97-101. 10.1016/S1001-9294(09)60069-9.View ArticlePubMedGoogle Scholar
- Chiantore MV, Vannucchi S, Mangino G, Percario ZA, Affabris E, Fiorucci G, Romeo G: Senescence and cell death pathways and their role in cancer therapeutic outcome. Curr Med Chem. 2009, 16 (3): 287-300. 10.2174/092986709787002691.View ArticlePubMedGoogle Scholar
- Gewirtz DA, Holt SE, Elmore LW: Accelerated senescence: an emerging role in tumor cell response to chemotherapy and radiation. Biochem Pharmacol. 2008, 76 (8): 947-957. 10.1016/j.bcp.2008.06.024.View ArticlePubMedGoogle Scholar
- Nardella C, Clohessy JG, Alimonti A, Pandolfi PP: Pro-senescence therapy for cancer treatment. Nat Rev Cancer. 2011, 11 (7): 503-511. 10.1038/nrc3057.View ArticlePubMedGoogle Scholar
- Chang UM, Li CH, Lin LI, Huang CP, Kan LS, Lin SB: Ganoderiol F, a ganoderma triterpene, induces senescence in hepatoma HepG2 cells. Life Sci. 2006, 79 (12): 1129-1139. 10.1016/j.lfs.2006.03.027.View ArticlePubMedGoogle Scholar
- Peng CC, Chen KC, Peng RY, Chyau CC, Su CH, Hsieh-Li HM: Antrodia camphorata extract induces replicative senescence in superficial TCC, and inhibits the absolute migration capability in invasive bladder carcinoma cells. J Ethnopharmacol. 2007, 109 (1): 93-103. 10.1016/j.jep.2006.07.009.View ArticlePubMedGoogle Scholar
- Hu B, An HM, Shen KP, Xu L, DU Q, Deng S, Wu Y: Liver Yin deficiency tonifying herbal extract induces apoptosis and cell senescence in Bel-7402 human hepatocarcinoma cells. Exp Ther Med. 2012, 3 (1): 80-86.PubMedGoogle Scholar
- Folkman J: Tumor angiogenesis: therapeutic implications. N Engl J Med. 1971, 285 (21): 1182-1186. 10.1056/NEJM197111182852108.View ArticlePubMedGoogle Scholar
- Rapisarda A, Melillo G: Role of the VEGF/VEGFR axis in cancer biology and therapy. Adv Cancer Res. 2012, 114: 237-267.View ArticlePubMedGoogle Scholar
- Allavena P, Sica A, Garlanda C, Mantovani A: The Yin-Yang of tumor-associated macrophages in neoplastic progression and immune surveillance. Immunol Rev. 2008, 222: 155-161. 10.1111/j.1600-065X.2008.00607.x.View ArticlePubMedGoogle Scholar
- Zhu WJ, Yu DH, Zhao M, Lin MG, Lu Q, Wang QW, Guan YY, Li GX, Luan X, Yang YF, Qin XM, Fang C, Yang GH, Chen HZ: Antiangiogenic triterpenes isolated from Chinese herbal medicine Actinidia Chinensis Planch. Anticancer Agents Med Chem. 2012, 13 (2): 195-198.View ArticleGoogle Scholar
- Xu Y, Pan RL, Chang Q, Qin M, Liu Y, Tang JT: Experimental study of Solanum nigrum on inhibiting angiogenesis in chick chorioallantoic membrane. China J Chinese Mater Med. 2008, 33 (5): 549-552. ChineseGoogle Scholar
- Xu Y, Pan RL, Chang Q, Tang JT, Liu Y: Inhibitory effects of Duchesnea indica (andr) Focke on angiogenesis in chick chorioallantoic membrane. Pharmacol Clin Chinese Mater Med. 2008, 24 (3): 65-67. ChineseGoogle Scholar
- The pre-publication history for this paper can be accessed here:http://www.biomedcentral.com/1472-6882/13/128/prepub
This article is published under license to BioMed Central Ltd. This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.