Lupeol enhances inhibitory effect of 5-fluorouracil on human gastric carcinoma cells. - GreenMedInfo Summary
Lupeol enhances inhibitory effect of 5-fluorouracil on human gastric carcinoma cells.
Naunyn Schmiedebergs Arch Pharmacol. 2016 May ;389(5):477-84. Epub 2016 Feb 19. PMID: 26892272
Lupeol, a dietary triterpene present in many fruits and medicinal plants, has been reported to possess many pharmacological properties including cancer-preventive and anti-cancer effects in vitro and in vivo. Here, we investigated the anti-cancer efficacy and adjuvant chemotherapy action of lupeol in gastric cancer (GC) cells (SGC7901 and BGC823) and explored the underlying mechanisms. Cells were treated with lupeol and/or 5-fluorouracil (5-Fu) and subjected to cell viability, colony formation, apoptosis, western blot, semiquantitative RT-PCR, and xenograft tumorigenicity assay. Our results showed that lupeol and 5-Fu inhibited the proliferation of SGC7901 and BGC823 cells, and combination treatment with lupeol and 5-Fu resulted in a combination index<1, indicating a synergistic effect. Co-treatment with lupeol and 5-Fu induced apoptosis through up-regulating the expressions of Bax and p53 and down-regulating the expressions of survivin and Bcl-2. Furthermore, co-treatment displayed more efficient inhibition of tumor weight and volume on BGC823 xenograft mouse model than single-agent treatment with 5-Fu or lupeol. Taken together, our findings highlight that lupeol sensitizes GC to 5-Fu treatment, and combination treatment with lupeol and 5-Fu would be a promising therapeutic strategy for human GC treatment.