Abstract Title:

Ginsenoside Rg3 sensitizes hypoxic lung cancer cells to cisplatin via blocking of NF-κB mediated epithelial-mesenchymal transition and stemness.

Abstract Source:

Cancer Lett. 2018 Feb 28 ;415:73-85. Epub 2017 Dec 2. PMID: 29199005

Abstract Author(s):

Jingjing Wang, Lili Tian, Muhammad Noman Khan, Li Zhang, Qun Chen, Yi Zhao, Qiu Yan, Li Fu, Jiwei Liu

Article Affiliation:

Jingjing Wang


Cisplatin is a first line chemotherapy in lung cancer, but decreased susceptibility may limit its application. In solid tumors, hypoxia alters the microenvironment and is associated with proliferation, metastasis, and drug sensitivity. The hypoxia-induced desensitization of cisplatin is not clearly elucidated. 20 (R)-Ginsenoside (Rg3), the traditional Chinese medicine, is extracted from ginseng and has antitumor activities. In this study, we evaluated if Rg3 is effective in improving cisplatin sensitivity by blocking hypoxia. We found that the inhibition of proliferation potential by cisplatin was reduced in cobalt chloride (CoCl)-induced hypoxia in lung cancer cells. Hypoxia caused alterations in epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT), which were detected by cellular morphology and EMT protein markers, and in stemness analyzed by spheroid formation and marker molecules. Hypoxia also activated EMT, which was mediated by the nuclear factorκB (NF-κB) pathway, and stemness, and Rg3 inhibited the activation of the NF-κB pathway. Furthermore, Rg3 could increase the sensitivity to cisplatin by inhibiting EMT and stemness in hypoxic lung cancer cells, and this effect was confirmed in vivo. In conclusion, Rg3 may improve the sensitivityof cisplatin in lung cancer therapy.

Study Type : In Vitro Study

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