Licochalcone A inhibits proliferation and promotes apoptosis of colon cancer cell. - GreenMedInfo Summary
Licochalcone A inhibits proliferation and promotes apoptosis of colon cancer cell by targeting programmed cell death-ligand 1 via the NF-κB and Ras/Raf/MEK pathways.
J Ethnopharmacol. 2021 Mar 4 ;273:113989. Epub 2021 Mar 4. PMID: 33677006
ETHNOPHARMACOLOGICAL RELEVANCE: Glycyrrhiza glabra L., a traditional medicinal, has a history of thousands of years. It is widely used in clinic and has been listed in Chinese Pharmacopoeia. Licochalcone A is a phenolic chalcone compound and a characteristic chalcone of Glycyrrhiza glabra L. It has many pharmacological activities, such as anti-cancer, anti-inflammatory, anti-viral and anti-angiogenic activities.
AIM OF THE STUDY: In this study, we explored the anti-tumor activity and potential mechanism of licochalcone A in vitro and in vivo.
MATERIALS AND METHODS: In vitro, the mechanism of licochalcone A at inhibiting PD-L1 expression was investigated by molecular docking, western blotting, RT-PCR, flow cytometry, immunofluorescence and immunoprecipitation assays. The co-culture model of T cells and tumor cells was used to detect the activity of cytotoxic T lymphocytes. Colony formation, EdU labelling and apoptosis assays were used to detect changes in cellular proliferation and apoptosis. In vivo, anti-tumor activity of licochalcone A was assessed in a xenograft model of HCT116 cells.
RESULTS: In the present study, we found that licochalcone A suppressed the expression of programmed cell death ligand-1 (PD-L1), which plays a key role in regulating the immune response. In addition, licochalcone A inhibited the expressions of p65 and Ras. Immunoprecipitation experiment showed that licochalcone A suppressed the expression of PD-L1 by blocking the interaction between p65 and Ras. In the co-culture model of T cells and tumor cells, licochalcone A pretreatment enhanced the activity of cytotoxic T lymphocytes and restored the ability to kill tumor cells. In addition, we showed that licochalcone A inhibited cell proliferation and promoted cell apoptosis by targeting PD-L1. In vivo xenograft assay confirmed that licochalcone A inhibited the growth of tumor xenografts.
CONCLUSION: In general, these results reveal the previously unknown properties of licochalcone A and provide new insights into the anticancer mechanism of this compound.