The JAK2/STAT3 pathway is involved in the anti-melanoma effects of brevilin A

Tao Su, Ya Ping Wang, Xin Ning Wang, Chun Yu Li, Pei Li Zhu, Yu Mei Huang, Zhi Ye Yang, Si Bao Chen*, Zhiling Yu*

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Aims: Melanoma is lethal. Constitutively active signal transducer and activator of transcription 3 (STAT3) has been proposed as a pathogenic factor and a therapeutic target of melanoma. Brevilin A, a sesquiterpene lactone isolated from Centipeda minima (L.) A. Br. et Aschers., has been shown to exert antineoplastic effects and inhibit the STAT3 pathway in nasopharyngeal, lung, prostate and breast cancer cells. This study aimed to determine whether brevilin A has anti-melanoma effects, and whether STAT3 signaling is involved in the effects. Main methods: A mouse A375 xenograft model, as well as A375 and A2058 cell models were employed to assess the in vivo and in vitro anti-melanoma effects of brevilin A. A375 cells stably expressing STAT3C, a constitutively active STAT3 mutant, were used to determine the role of STAT3 signaling in brevilin A's anti-melanoma effects. Key findings: Intraperitoneal injection of brevilin A dose-dependently inhibited melanoma growth in mice and suppressed STAT3 phosphorylation in the tumors. In cultured cells, brevilin A reduced cell viability, induced apoptosis, suppressed migration and invasion, decreased protein levels of phospho-JAK2 (Y1007/1008) and phospho-STAT3 (Tyr705), and restrained STAT3 nuclear localization. STAT3 over-activation diminished brevilin A's effects on cell viability and migration. Collectively, brevilin A exerts anti-melanoma effects and these effects are at least in part attributed to the inhibition of the JAK2/STAT3 pathway. Significance: Our findings provide a pharmacological basis for developing brevilin A as a new phytotherapeutic agent against melanoma.

Original languageEnglish
Article number117169
JournalLife Sciences
Publication statusPublished - 15 Jan 2020

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)
  • Pharmacology, Toxicology and Pharmaceutics(all)

User-Defined Keywords

  • Apoptosis
  • Brevilin A
  • Invasion
  • Melanoma
  • Migration
  • STAT3


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