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Cancer Lett. 2006 Sep 28;241(2):268-74. Epub 2005 Dec 7.

Induction of apoptosis and cell cycle arrest by a specific c-Jun NH2-terminal kinase (JNK) inhibitor, SP-600125, in gastrointestinal cancers.

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Department of Medicine, University of Hong Kong, Queen Mary Hospital, Pokfulam Road, Hong Kong, China.


The c-Jun NH(2)-terminal kinase (JNK) is activated in several tumor cell lines. The aim of this study was to determine the effects of SP-600125, a specific JNK inhibitor, on the viability, apoptosis, cell cycle distribution of gastrointestinal cancer cells, and the potential anti-tumor mechanisms. Three gastric cancer cell lines, AGS, BCG-823 and MKN-45, and three colorectal cancer cell lines, SW1116, COLO205 and HT-29, were used. Cells were treated with SP-600125, and cell viability, apoptosis and cell cycle distribution, caspase-3 activity, expression of JNK and apoptosis related proteins were detected. SP-600125 inhibited cell proliferation by 10-80% for the different cell lines, and increased apoptosis by 1.5-4.5 folds for COLO205, BCG-823, MKN-45, AGS cells. Caspase-8 and caspase-3 were involved in the induction of apoptosis. SP-600125 caused G2/M cell cycle arrest and elevation of cyclin B1 and p27(kip). The differential response in cells to SP-600125 was associated with the basal level of phosphorylated JNK2. It is concluded that SP-600125 inhibits proliferation, induces apoptosis and causes cell cycle arrest in gastrointestinal cancer cells, indicating that JNK inhibitors have an anti-tumor effect and are potential therapeutic agents for cancers.

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