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Leukemia research

Combined treatment of 3-hydroxyflavone and imatinib mesylate increases apoptotic cell death of imatinib mesylate-resistant leukemia cells.


PMID 22770910

Abstract

Imatinib mesylate, a Bcr/Abl tyrosine kinase inhibitor, is widely used in treating chronic myeloid leukemia. However, drug-resistance of leukemia cells becomes an emergent problem. Herein, various flavonoids were screened for applicability in leukemia treatment, and 3-hydroxyflavone (3-HF) was found to be most effective in reducing cancer cell viability. The combination of 3-HF and imatinib mesylate resulted in significant apoptotic cell death in imatinib mesylate-resistant leukemia cells. Combined treatment resulted in apparent activation of caspases and decrease of the oncoprotein phosphor-Bcr/Abl in leukemia cells. Our results suggest that this combined treatment is beneficial in imatinib mesylate-resistant chronic myelogenous leukemia.