Rosmarinic acid reduces the resistance of gastric carcinoma cells to 5-fluorouracil by downregulating FOXO4-targeting miR-6785-5p.
Biomed Pharmacother. 2019 Jan ;109:2327-2334. Epub 2018 Nov 30. PMID: 30551491
OBJECTIVE: Chemoresistance has been a major problem in cancer chemotherapy. The present study aimed to investigate the effect of Rosmarinic acid (RA) on chemoresistance to 5-Fu and its molecular mechanism in gastric carcinoma.
METHODS: CCK8 cell proliferation and apoptosis assay were used to evaluate the effect of RA on chemoresistance to 5-Fu in GC cells. RNA microarray was used to identify miRNA involved. Expression level of miRNA in GC cells was determined by RT-PCR. Down- or up-regulating of miRNA in the GC cells was performed by transfection of RNA interference or expression vectors in the GC cells. Double luciferase reporter assay was used to verify miRNA target genes. Expression of P-glycoprotein and Bax was analyzed with Western blot.
RESULTS: RA treated SGC7901/5-Fu cells showed significant increased chemosensitivity to 5-Fu. The IC50 of 5-Fu was significantly reduced in RA treated SGC7901/5-Fu cells (70.43 ± 1.06 μg/mL) compared to untreated SGC7901/5-Fu cells (208.6 ± 1.09 μg/mL) (P < 0.05). Apoptosis rate was significantly increased in RA+5-Fu treated SGC7901/5-Fu cells compared to 5-FU treatment alone (P < 0.01). Two miRNAs, namely miR-642a-3p and miR-6785-5p, were identified to be involved in the chemo-sensitizing effect of RA in the SGC7901/5-Fu cells. RA treated SGC7901/5-Fu cells showed reduced expression levels of miR-642a-3p and miR-6785-5p compared to untreated SGC7901/5-Fu cells (P < 0.05). Down- or up-regulation of miR-6785-5p increased or reduced chemosensitivity of gastric carcinoma cells to 5-Fu, respectively. RA treated SGC7901/5-Fu and the SGC7901/5-Fu-Si cells showed significantly increased FOXO4 expression (P < 0.01). Double luciferase reporter assay confirmed miR-6785-5p directly targets FOXO4 to regulate its expression. RA significantly reduced P-gp expression and increased Bax expression in SGC7901/5-Fu and the SGC7901/5-Fu-Si cells (P < 0.05).
CONCLUSION: RA enhances chemosensitivity of resistant gastric carcinoma SGC7901 cells to 5-Fu by downregulating miR-6785-5p and miR-642a-3p and increasing FOXO4 expression. These study suggest the potential for RA as a multidrug resistance-reversing agent in GC.