Arnicolide D exerts anti-melanoma effects and inhibits the NF-κB pathway

Peili Zhu, Zhongyu Zheng, Xiuqiong Fu, Junkui Li, Chengle Yin, Jiyao Chou, Yaping Wang, Yuxi Liu, Yingjie Chen, Jingxuan Bai, Jiaying Wu, Sibao Chen*, Zhiling Yu*

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Background: Melanoma is a lethal cancer. NF-κB has been validated as a molecular target for melanoma treatment. Current therapies for melanoma have limitations. Novel targeted therapeutics are needed. Arnicolide D (Ar-D), a sesquiterpene lactone isolated from the dried whole plant of Centipeda minima (L.) A. Br. et Aschers., has been reported to inhibit NF-κB activity in colorectal cancer cells. Purpose: To investigate the anti-melanoma effects of Ar-D in vitro and in vivo; and to determine whether Ar-D inhibits the NF-κB pathway in melanoma cells. 

Methods: A B16F10 allograft mouse model and two melanoma cell lines (A375 and B16F10) were used to investigate the anti-melanoma effects of Ar-D in vivo and in vitro. Dacarbazine was used as a positive control. Cell viability was assessed by MTT and crystal violet staining assays. Cell cycle arrest and apoptosis were analyzed by flow cytometry. Protein levels were determined by Immunoblotting. Results: In vivo assays showed that the average tumor weight in Ar-D-treated group (4 mg/kg, i.p, 15 days) was reduced by 53.7%, when compared with the control group. In vitro studies demonstrated that Ar-D reduced cell viability, induced G2/M cell cycle arrest and apoptosis, elevated levels of cell cycle regulatory proteins p53 and p21, and lowered levels of G2/M checkpoint proteins Cdc2 and Cyclin B1 in melanoma cells. Mechanistically, Ar-D inhibited the activity of IKKα/β, the degradation of IκBα, and the phosphorylation and expression of NF-κB p65 in melanoma cells. Conclusion: Ar-D has anti-melanoma effects, and inhibition of the IKK/IκBα/NF-κB p65 pathway is involved in the effects.

Original languageEnglish
Article number153065
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2019

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Molecular Medicine
  • Pharmacology
  • Pharmaceutical Science
  • Drug Discovery
  • Complementary and alternative medicine

User-Defined Keywords

  • Apoptosis
  • Arnicolide D
  • Cell cycle arrest
  • Melanoma
  • NF-κB


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