Antitumor activity of lycorine in renal cell carcinoma ACHN cell line and its mechanism

Yi Qiang Huang, Yi Ming Zhang, Zhong Jin, Xie Zhao Li, Chong Shan Wang, Kai Xu, Peng Huang, Chun Xiao Liu

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OBJECTIVE: To investigate the antitumor effect of lycorine on renal cell carcinoma ACHN cells and explore the possible mechanism.

METHODS: We used flow cytometry to examine the effect of lycorine on ACHN cell cycle and apoptosis. The cell proliferation, migration and invasion were assessed with MTS assay, wound healing assay, and Transwell assay, respectively. Colony forming assay was performed, and the mRNA and protein levels of Bax, Bcl-2, survivin, caspase-3, cyclin D1 and CDK4 were measured with qRT-PCR and Western blotting.

RESULTS: Lycorine obviously inhibited the proliferation of ACHN cells with an IC(50) of 24.34 µmol/L. Lycorine also induced apoptosis of ACHN cells, caused cell cycle arrest at G(0)/G(1) phase, and suppressed the colony forming ability of the cells in a dose-dependent manner. The migration and invasion of ACHN cells were significantly inhibited by 5 µmol/L lycorine. Lycorine up-regulated the mRNA levels of CDK4, Bax, caspase-3 while down-regulated the levels of survivin, Bcl-2 and Cyclin D1; the protein levels of CDK4 and Bax were increased and cyclin D1, Bcl-2 and surviving expressions were decreased, but caspase-3 expression showed no significant changes following the treatment.

CONCLUSION: Lycorine has obvious antitumor effect against ACHN cells, suggesting its value as a new therapeutic agent for renal cell carcinoma.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)857-862
Number of pages6
JournalNan fang yi ke da xue xue bao = Journal of Southern Medical University
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Jun 1 2016
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine


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