Antitumor effects and the underlying mechanism of licochalcone A combined with 5-fluorouracil in gastric cancer cells.
Oncol Lett. 2017 Mar ;13(3):1695-1701. Epub 2017 Jan 18. PMID: 28454311
Licochalcone A (LCA) is a flavonoid extracted from licorice root that has antiparasitic, antibacterial and antitumor properties. Previous studies have revealed that LCA may be a novel treatment for gastric cancer. The present study further assessed the potential antitumor effects of LCA alone or in combination with 5-fluorouracil (5-FU), and the underlying mechanisms responsible for those effects in gastric cancer cells. The effects of LCA alone or in combination with 5-FU on SGC7901 and MKN-45 gastric cancer cell lines were studied using Cell Counting Kit-8, cell cycle, apoptosis and western blot analyses of cell check points and apoptosis-associated proteins. The results revealed that LCA inhibited cell proliferation, blocked cell cycle progression at the G/M transition and induced apoptosis. Western blot analysis demonstrated that LCA treatment increased the levels of tumor proteins 21 and 27, as well as mouse double minute 2 homolog in gastric cancer cells. In addition, LCA treatment increased the expression levels of Bax, cleaved-poly ADP ribose polymerase, tumor protein 53 and caspase 3, and decreased the expression levels of Bcl-2. Therefore, the present study demonstrated that LCA alone or in combination with 5-FU may have significant anticancer effects on gastric cancer cells, and may be a novel therapeutic for the treatment of gastric cancer in the future.