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The induction of activating transcription factor 3 (ATF3) contributes to anti-cancer activity of Abeliophyllum distichum Nakai in human colorectal cancer cells

Park, Gwang Hun, Park, Jae Ho, Eo, Hyun Ji, Song, Hun Min, Woo, So Hee, Kim, Mi Kyoung, Lee, Jin Wook, Lee, Man Hyo, Lee, Jeong Rak, Koo, Jin Suk, Jeong, Jin Boo
BMC complementary and alternative medicine 2014 v.14 no.1 pp. 487
Abeliophyllum distichum, Western blotting, alternative medicine, antineoplastic activity, apoptosis, breast neoplasms, cell viability, colorectal neoplasms, ethyl acetate, flowers, genes, hepatoma, humans, in vitro studies, leaves, neoplasm cells, peptidyl-dipeptidase A, reverse transcriptase polymerase chain reaction, small interfering RNA, tau-protein kinase, transcription (genetics), transcription factors, transcriptional activation, transfection
BACKGROUND: Recently, Abeliophyllum distichum Nakai (A. distichum) has been reported to exert the inhibitory effect on angiotensin converting enzyme. However, no specific pharmacological effects from A. distichum have been described. We performed in vitro study to evaluate anti-cancer properties of A. distichum and then elucidate the potential mechanisms. METHODS: Cell viability was measured by MTT assay. ATF3 expression level was evaluated by Western blot or RT-PCR and ATF3 transcriptional activity was determined using a dual-luciferase assay kit after the transfection of ATF3 promoter constructs. In addition, ATF3-dependent apoptosis was evaluated by Western blot after ATF3 knockdown using ATF3 siRNA. RESULTS: Exposure of ethyl acetate fraction from the parts of A. distichum including flower, leaf and branch to human colorectal cancer cells, breast cancer cells and hepatocellular carcinoma reduced the cell viability. The branch extracts from A. distichum (EAFAD-B) increased the expression of activating transcription factor 3 (ATF3) and promoter activity, indicating transcriptional activation of ATF3 gene by EAFAD-B. In addition, our data showed that EAFAD-B-responsible sites might be between -147 and -85 region of the ATF3 promoter. EAFAD-B-induced ATF3 promoter activity was significantly decreased when the CREB site was deleted. However, the deletion of Ftz sites did not affect ATF3 promoter activity by EAFAD-B. We also observed that inhibition of p38MAPK and GSK3β attenuated EAFAD-B-mediated ATF3 promoter activation. Also, EAFAD-B contributes at least in part to increase of ATF3 accumulation. CONCLUSION: These findings suggest that the anti-cancer activity of EAFAD-B may be a result of ATF3 promoter activation and subsequent increase of ATF3 expression.