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Oncol Rep. 2015 Jun;33(6):3117-23. doi: 10.3892/or.2015.3888. Epub 2015 Mar 31.

Sesamin inhibits lipopolysaccharide-induced proliferation and invasion through the p38-MAPK and NF-κB signaling pathways in prostate cancer cells.

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Department of Urology, The First Affiliated Hospital of Zhengzhou University, Zhengzhou, Henan 450052, P.R. China.


Sesamin, a lipid-soluble lignan, is one of the major constituents of sesame. Previous studies have reported that sesamin induces growth inhibition in human cancer cells, particularly prostate cancer cells. In the present study, we mainly explored the mechanism underlying the protective effect of sesamin on prostate cancer cell proliferation and invasion induced by lipopolysaccharide (LPS). We found that the proliferation of PC3 cells, as determined using the MTT assay, and the expression of cyclin D1, COX-2, Bcl-2 and survivin proteins elevated by LPS were distinctly inhibited by sesamin in a dose-dependent manner. Meanwhile, the ability of PC3 cell invasion, as determined using the Transwell assay and the expression of matrix metalloproteinase 9 (MMP-9), intercellular adhesion molecule-1 (ICAM-1) and vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) proteins increased by LPS were obviously reduced by sesamin in a dose-dependent manner. In addition, the accumulation of TGF-α and interleukin-6 (IL-6) production induced by LPS in the culture supernatant was found to be decreased dose-dependently with sesamin pretreatment in PC3 cells using the enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) kit. Furthermore, phosphorylation of the p38 protein and nuclear factor (NF)-κB activity in the PC3 cells were enhanced by LPS and further inhibited with sesamin, SB203580 pretreatment or p38-siRNA transfection, respectively. Sesamin or SB203580 pretreatment obviously inhibited PC3 cells-derived tumor growth induced by LPS in vivo. Taken together, these results suggest that the potential ability of sesamin to downregulate the secretion of cytokines and the expression of cell proliferative- and invasive-related gene products induced by LPS was shown to be via the p38 mitogen-activated protein kinase (p38-MAPK) and NF-κB signaling pathways, which may be one of the mechanisms of the anticancer activity of this sesamin agent in prostate cancer cells.

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