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Abstract Title:

Arctigenin Attenuates Breast Cancer Progression through Decreasing GM-CSF/TSLP/STAT3/β-Catenin Signaling.

Abstract Source:

Int J Mol Sci. 2020 Sep 2 ;21(17). Epub 2020 Sep 2. PMID: 32887217

Abstract Author(s):

Hui Shi, Luping Zhao, Xinlin Guo, Runping Fang, Hui Zhang, Guanjun Dong, Jia Fu, Fenglian Yan, Junfeng Zhang, Zhaochen Ning, Qun Ma, Zhihua Li, Chunxia Li, Jun Dai, Chuanping Si, Huabao Xiong

Article Affiliation:

Hui Shi


Invasive breast cancer is highly regulated by tumor-derived cytokines in tumor microenvironment. The development of drugs that specifically target cytokines are promising in breast cancer treatment. In this study, we reported that arctigenin, a bioactive compound fromL., could decrease tumor-promoting cytokines GM-CSF, MMP-3, MMP-9 and TSLP in breast cancer cells. Arctigenin not only inhibited the proliferation, but also the invasion and stemness of breast cancer cells via decreasing GM-CSF and TSLP. Mechanistically, arctigenin decreased the promoter activities of GM-CSF and TSLP via reducing the nuclear translocation of NF-κB p65 which is crucial for the transcription of GM-CSF and TSLP. Furthermore, arctigenin-induced depletion of GM-CSF and TSLP inhibited STAT3 phosphorylation and β-catenin signaling resulting in decreased proliferation, invasion and stemness of breast cancer cells in vitro and in vivo. Our findings provide new insights into the mechanism by which tumor-promoting cytokines regulate breast cancer progression and suggest that arctigenin is a promising candidate for cytokine-targeted breast cancer therapy.

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