Anti-cancer drugs

Dehydrocostus lactone suppressed the proliferation, migration, and invasion of colorectal carcinoma through the downregulation of eIF4E expression.

PMID 25850883


Dehydrocostus lactone (DHC) is the main active ingredient extracted from a traditional Chinese medicine called Radix Aucklandiael. A few studies recently showed that DHC has anticancer potential. However, no reports exist as yet on the effects of DHC on colorectal carcinoma (CRC). This study aimed to determine whether and how DHC functions in CRC cells. After treatment with DHC, both Lovo and SW480 cells were significantly inhibited in their proliferation, cell cycle progression, migration, and invasion abilities in a dose-dependent and/or treatment time-dependent manner. Also, DHC significantly increased the apoptosis rate of SW480 cells, but not Lovo cells. The expression of eukaryotic translation initiation factor 4E (eIF4E), which was originally highly expressed in both cells, was significantly decreased by DHC. The inhibition of proliferation, migration, and invasion was significantly attenuated by the ectopic transfection of eIF4E, and was promoted by the knockdown of eIF4E in Lovo cells. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first time it has been shown that DHC suppressed the proliferation, cell cycle progression, antiapoptosis, and migration and invasion capabilities of CRC cells by the downregulation of eIF4E expression. In terms of the overexpression of eIF4E in many cancers, it was speculated that DHC might also play an anticancerous role by suppressing eIF4E expression. This discovery could lay the foundations for advancing our understanding of the anticancerous mechanism of DHC and developing DHC into a novel and effective natural anticancer therapeutic.