Abstract Title:

Allicin, a Potent New Ornithine Decarboxylase Inhibitor in Neuroblastoma Cells.

Abstract Source:

J Nat Prod. 2020 Aug 12. Epub 2020 Aug 12. PMID: 32786875

Abstract Author(s):

Chad R Schultz, Martin C H Gruhlke, Alan J Slusarenko, André S Bachmann

Article Affiliation:

Chad R Schultz


The natural product allicin is a reactive sulfur species (RSS) from garlic (L.). Neuroblastoma (NB) is an early childhood cancer arising from the developing peripheral nervous system. Ornithine decarboxylase (ODC) is a rate-limiting enzyme in the biosynthesis of polyamines, which are oncometabolites that contribute to cell proliferation in NB and other c-MYC/MYCN-driven cancers. Both c-MYC and MYCN directly transactivate the E-box gene, a validated anticancer drug target. We identified allicin as a potent ODC inhibitor in a specific radioactiveassay using purified human ODC. Allicin was∼23 000-fold more potent (IC= 11 nM) than DFMO (IC= 252μM), under identicalassay conditions. ODC is a homodimer with 12 cysteines per monomer, and allicin reversibly-thioallylates cysteines. In actively proliferating human NB cells allicin inhibited ODC enzyme activity, reduced cellular polyamine levels, inhibited cell proliferation (IC9-19μM), and induced apoptosis. The natural product allicin is a new ODC inhibitor and could be developed for use in conjunction with other anticancer treatments, the latter perhaps at a lower than usual dosage, to achieve drug synergism with good prognosis and reduced adverse effects.

Study Type : In Vitro Study
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Pharmacological Actions : Chemotherapeutic : CK(2328) : AC(1086)

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