β-Catenin Mediates Anti-adipogenic and Anticancer Effects of Arctigenin in Preadipocytes and Breast Cancer Cells.
J Agric Food Chem. 2017 Mar 29 ;65(12):2513-2520. Epub 2017 Mar 15. PMID: 28279068
Arctigenin is a lignan abundant in Asteraceae plants and has anti-inflammatory, antiobesity, and anticancer activities. Obesity is one of the leading causes of several types of cancers including breast cancer. The current study was performed to investigate if arctigenin suppresses differentiation of preadipocytes and proliferation of breast cancer cells and to explore potential molecular mechanisms. Treatment of arctigenin reduced lipid accumulation in differentiated 3T3-L1 adipocytes in a dose- and time-dependent manner without toxicity. Arctigenin suppressed the expression of peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor-gamma (PPARγ), CCAAT/enhancer-binding protein-alpha (C/EBPα), perilipin, and fatty acid binding protein 4 (FABP4) in a dose-dependent manner in differentiated 3T3-L1 cells. Both total and unphosphorylated (active) β-catenin were increased in whole cell lysates and the nuclear fraction of differentiated 3T3-L1 cells treated with 25 μM arctigenin. On the other hand, arctigenin decreased proliferation of two human breast cancer cells (MCF-7 and MDA-MB-231). Arctigenin induced apoptosis and decreased expression of total and unphosphorylated (active) β-catenin and cyclin D1 in MCF-7, but not in MDA-MB-231. These data indicate that arctigenin suppressed adipogenesis in preadipocytes and activated apoptosis in estrogen receptor (ER) positive breast cancer cells through modulating expression of β-catenin.