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Abstract Title:

Ipriflavone Suppresses Growth of Esophageal Squamous Cell Carcinoma Through Inhibiting mTORand.

Abstract Source:

Front Oncol. 2021 ;11:648809. Epub 2021 Jun 10. PMID: 34178634

Abstract Author(s):

Xiaodan Shi, Yuanyuan Zhang, Xiaomeng Xie, Mengjun Pang, Kyle Laster, Jian Li, Xinli Ma, Kangdong Liu, Zigang Dong, Dong Joon Kim

Article Affiliation:

Xiaodan Shi


Ipriflavone, a synthetic isoflavone that inhibits osteoclastic bone resorption, has been used clinically for the treatment of osteoporosis. However, the anticancer activity of Ipriflavone and its molecular mechanisms in the context of esophageal squamous cell carcinoma (ESCC) have not been investigated. In this study, we report that Ipriflavone is a novel mammalian target of rapamycin (mTOR) inhibitor that suppresses cell proliferation and induces cell apoptosis in ESCC cells. Ipriflavone inhibited anchorage-dependent and -independent growth of ESCC cells. Ipriflavone induced G1 phase cell cycle arrest and intrinsic cell apoptosis by activating caspase 3 and increasing the expression of cytochrome c. Based on the results ofscreening and cell-based assays, Ipriflavone inhibited mTOR signaling pathway through directly targeting mTOR. Knockdown of mTOR strongly inhibited the growth of ESCC cells, and the cell growth inhibitory effect exerted by Ipriflavone was found to be dependent upon mTOR signaling pathway. Remarkably, Ipriflavone strongly inhibited ESCC patient-derived xenograft tumor growth in anmouse model. Our findings suggest that Ipriflavone is an mTOR inhibitor that could be potentially useful for treating ESCC.

Study Type : Animal Study, In Vitro Study

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