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Article in Chinese | WPRIM | ID: wpr-879127


As a traditional Chinese medicine, Chinese dragon's blood has multiple effects, such as activating blood to remove blood stasis, softening and dispelling stagnation, astringent and hemostasis, clearing swelling and relieving pain, regulating menstruation and rectifying the blood, so it is called "an effective medicine of promoting blood circulation". It has been widely used clinically to treat a variety of diseases. With the further research on Chinese dragon's blood, its anti-tumor medicinal value is gradually emerging. Modern pharmacological studies have shown that Chinese dragon's blood exerts anti-tumor effects mainly by inhibiting cell proliferation, inducing apoptosis, inducing DNA damage and cell cycle arrest, inducing senescence and autophagy of tumor cells, inhibiting metastasis and angiogenesis, as well as reversing multidrug resistance. This article focuses on the research progress on anti-tumor effects of Chinese dragon's blood extract and its chemical components, with a view to provide new references for the in-depth research and reasonable utilization of Chinese dragon's blood.

China , Dracaena , Female , Plant Extracts , Resins, Plant
Article in Chinese | WPRIM | ID: wpr-862659


Objective::To investigate the protective effect of Longxue Tongluo capsule (LTC) on H2O2-induced injury of PC12 cells and its potential mechanism. Method::An in vitro injury model in PC12 cells was established with 500 μmol·L-1 H2O2.The experiment was divided into control group, injury model group (H2O2 500 μmol·L-1), and Longxuetongluo capsule group (LTC, 1, 2, 4 mg·L-1). Cell counting kit-8 (CCK-8) assay, intracellular reactive oxygen species (ROS), mitochondrial membrane potential, apoptosis of PC12 cells, and Western blot were used to evaluate the protective effect of LTC on PC12 cells induced by H2O2. Result::Compared with the control group, the cell viability was significantly decreased in the injury model group (P<0.01), intracellular ROS level was significantly increased (P<0.01), mitochondrial membrane potential was decreased, while apoptosis of PC12 cells was significantly increased (P<0.01), and the expression of cleaved poly adenosine diphospho ribose polymerase (PARP) was also increased significantly (P<0.01). Compared with the injury model group, pretreatment with LTC at the concentrations of 2 and 4 mg·L for 6 h significantly increased cell viability in PC12 cells exposed to H2O2 (P<0.01). Moreover, pretreatment with LTC reduced intracellular ROS level (P<0.05), maintained mitochondrial membrane potential, and inhibited apoptosis of PC12 cells induced by H2O2 in a dose-dependent manner (P<0.01). The results of western blotting showed that pretreatment with LTC significantly reduced the expression of cleaved PARP (P<0.01). Conclusion::LTC exerts a significant protective effect against H2O2-induced PC12 cells injury through inhibition of neuronal apoptosis by suppressing intracellular oxidative stress, maintaining mitochondrial function, and promoting DNA repair.

Article in Chinese | WPRIM | ID: wpr-828395


This study aims to investigate the effect of Huaier aqueous extract on the growth and metastasis of human non-small cell lung cancer NCI-H1299 cells and its underlying mechanisms. MTT assay was used to detect the effect of Huaier aqueous extract on the proliferation of NCI-H1299 cells. Flow cytometry was used to examine the effect of Huaier aqueous extract on the apoptosis, cell cycle, and ROS level of NCI-H1299 cells. Wound healing assay was used to evaluate the effect of Huaier aqueous extract on the migration ability of NCI-H1299 cells. Western blot was used to detect the levels of proteins involving apoptosis, epithelial-mesenchymal transition(EMT), and MAPK signaling pathway in NCI-H1299 cells exposed to Huaier aqueous extract. The results showed that Huaier aqueous extract inhibited the proliferation of NCI-H1299 cells, and induced cell-cycle arrest at the phase S. Huaier aqueous extract promoted the apoptosis of NCI-H1299 cells by down-regulating the expression of anti-apoptotic protein Bcl-2. Moreover, Huaier aqueous extract increased ROS level and induced ferroptosis in NCI-H1299 cells. EMT played a critical role in cancer metastasis. Huaier aqueous extract reduced the migration ability of NCI-H1299 cells by inhibiting EMT of NCI-H1299 cells. In addition, this study revealed that Huaier aqueous extract inhibited MAPK signaling pathway in human non-small cell lung cancer NCI-H1299 cells, which may be one of Huaier's mechanisms in inhibiting growth and metastasis of NCI-H1299 cells. This study provides a new theoretical basis for the clinical treatment of lung cancer with Huaier, and important reference significance for further studies on the anti-tumor mechanisms of Huaier.

Apoptosis , Carcinoma, Non-Small-Cell Lung , Cell Line, Tumor , Cell Proliferation , Complex Mixtures , Humans , Lung Neoplasms , Trametes
Article in Chinese | WPRIM | ID: wpr-774537


The research of anti-hepatocellular carcinoma(HCC) drug has attracted more and more attention. Natural products are the important source of active compounds for cancer treatment. A biflavonoid HIS-4 was isolated from Resina draconis in our previous study. MTT assay, hoechst staining, and flow cytometry analysis were used to investigate the effects of HIS-4 on the proliferation and apoptosis of human hepatoma HepG2 and SK-HEP-1 cells. Moreover, the effects of HIS-4 on the migration and invasion ability of HepG2 and SK-HEP-1 cells were evaluated by wound healing assay and Transwell assay. In addition, MTT assay, flow cytometry analyses, Hoechst staining, wound healing assay, Transwell assay, and tube formation assay were used to explore the anti-angiogenic activity of HIS-4 in human umbilical vein endothelial cells(HUVECs). Mechanistically, the HIS-4 regulatory of signal pathways in H9 epG2 and SK-HEP-1 cells were analyzed by Western blot. This results showed that HIS-4 suppressed the proliferation of human hepatoma HepG2 and SK-HEP-1 cells. Moreover HIS-4 induced their apoptosis of HepG2 and SK-HEP-1 cells. HIS-4 inhibited the migration and invasion of HepG2 and SK-HEP-1 cells. Additionally, HIS-4 exhibited angiogenesis effects. Mechanistically, up-regulation of MAPK signaling pathway and down-regulation of mTOR signaling pathway may be responsible for anti-hepatoma activity of HIS-4. Therefore, HIS-4 may be a promising candidate drug for HCC treatment.

Antineoplastic Agents, Phytogenic , Pharmacology , Apoptosis , Biflavonoids , Pharmacology , Carcinoma, Hepatocellular , Drug Therapy , Pathology , Cell Movement , Cell Proliferation , Dracaena , Chemistry , Hep G2 Cells , Humans , Liver Neoplasms , Drug Therapy , Pathology , Phytochemicals , Pharmacology