Nobiletin, a Polymethoxylated Flavone, Inhibits Glioma Cell Growth and Migration via Arresting Cell Cycle and Suppressing MAPK and Akt Pathways

Li Ming Lien, Meng Jiy Wang, Ray Jade Chen, Hou Chang Chiu, Jia Lun Wu, Ming Yi Shen, Duen Suey Chou, Joen Rong Sheu, Kuan Hung Lin, Wan-Jung Lu

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

29 Citations (Scopus)

Abstract

Nobiletin, a bioactive polymethoxylated flavone (5,6,7,8,3',4'-hexamethoxyflavone), is abundant in citrus fruit peel. Although nobiletin exhibits antitumor activity against various cancer cells, the effect of nobiletin on glioma cells remains unclear. The aim of this study was to determine the effects of nobiletin on the human U87 and Hs683 glioma cell lines. Treating glioma cells with nobiletin (20-100 μm) reduced cell viability and arrested the cell cycle in the G0/G1 phase, as detected using a 3-(4,5-dimethylthiazol-2-yl)-2,5-diphenyltetrazolium bromide assay and propidium iodide (PI) staining, respectively; however, nobiletin did not induce cell apoptosis according to PI-annexin V double staining. Data from western blotting showed that nobiletin significantly attenuated the expression of cyclin D1, cyclin-dependent kinase 2, cyclin-dependent kinase 4, and E2 promoter-binding factor 1 (E2F1) and the phosphorylation of Akt/protein kinase B and mitogen-activated protein kinases, including p38, extracellular signal-regulated kinase, and c-Jun N-terminal kinase. Our data also showed that nobiletin inhibited glioma cell migration, as detected by both functional wound healing and transwell migration assays. Altogether, the present results suggest that nobiletin inhibits mitogen-activated protein kinase and Akt/protein kinase B pathways and downregulates positive regulators of the cell cycle, leading to subsequent suppression of glioma cell proliferation and migration. Our findings evidence that nobiletin may have potential for treating glioblastoma multiforme.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)214-221
Number of pages8
JournalPhytotherapy Research
Volume30
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Feb 1 2016

Keywords

  • Akt
  • cell cycle
  • glioblastoma multiforme
  • MAPKs
  • nobiletin

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pharmacology

Fingerprint Dive into the research topics of 'Nobiletin, a Polymethoxylated Flavone, Inhibits Glioma Cell Growth and Migration via Arresting Cell Cycle and Suppressing MAPK and Akt Pathways'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

  • Cite this