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Anti-Cancer Agents in Medicinal Chemistry


ISSN (Print): 1871-5206
ISSN (Online): 1875-5992

Research Article

9-bis[2-(pyrrolidin-1-yl)ethoxy]-6-{4-[2-(pyrrolidin-1-yl)ethoxy]phenyl}-11H-indeno[1, 2-c]quinolin-11-one (BPIQ), A Quinoline Derivative Inhibits Human Hepatocellular Carcinoma Cells by Inducing ER Stress and Apoptosis

Author(s): Wen-Tsan Chang, Yao Fong, Shih-Chang Chuang, Chon-Kit Chou, Han-Lin Chou, Chun-Feng Yang, Chih-Hua Tseng, Yeh-Long Chen* and Chien-Chih Chiu*

Volume 17, Issue 5, 2017

Page: [692 - 700] Pages: 9

DOI: 10.2174/1871520616666160802121456

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Background: Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) is one of the leading cancers in the world, including Taiwan. The chemoresistance of advanced HCC frequently results in the poor prognosis of patients. Previous studies demonstrated the quinoline derivative, 9-bis[2-(pyrrolidin-1-yl)ethoxy]-6-{4-[2-(pyrrolidin-1-yl)ethoxy]phenyl}-11Hindeno[ 1,2-c]quinolin-11-one (BPIQ) exerts the inhibitory potential against several cancer cells, including liver cancer cells.

Objective: We further investigated the anti-HCC effects of BPIQ, including apoptosis and the modulation of ER stress.

Methods: Both trypan blue exclusion assay and colony formation assay were performed to examine whether BPIQ affects the growth of HCC cell lines Ha22T and Huh7. Flow cytometry-based assay was performed for determining the cell cycle distribution and apoptosis. Western blot assay was conducted for detecting the changes in apoptosis- and endoplasmic reticulum (ER) stress-associated proteins.

Results: BPIQ inhibits cell growth and induces the apoptosis of both Ha22T and Huh7 cell lines significantly. The level of γH2AX, an endogenous DNA damage biomarker was dramatically increased suggesting the involvement of DNA damage pathway in BPIQ-induced apoptosis. Further, BPIQ down-regulates the pro-survival proteins, survivin, XIAP and cyclin D1. BPIQ also may regulate ER stress response through modulating the levels of ER stress-related proteins Glucose-regulated protein of 78 kD (GRP78), Inositol-requiring kinase-1α (IREα), C/EBP homologous protein (Chop) and calnexin.

Conclusions: The anti-HCC effect of BPIQ may occur through down-regulating pro-survival proteins, and the modulation of ER stress may contribute to the BPIQ-induced apoptosis of HCC cells. The chemotherapeutic or chemopreventive applications of BPIQ for HCC treatment will be worthy of further investigation in future.

Keywords: BPIQ, quinoline, HCC, DNA damage, apoptosis, ER stress, survivin, XIAP, γH2AX.

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