1Drug Applied Research Center, and Department of Medical Biotechnology, Tabriz University of Medical Sciences, Tabriz, Iran
2Students’ Research Committee, Tabriz University of Medical Sciences, Tabriz, Iran.
3Biotechnology Research Center, Tabriz University of Medical Sciences, Tabriz, Iran.
4Immunology Research Center, Tabriz University of Medical Sciences, Tabriz, Iran.
Docetaxel, recognized as a stabilizing microtubule agent, is frequently administrated as a first line treatment for prostate cancers. Due to high side effects of monotherapy, however, combinations with novel adjuvants have emerged as an alternative strategy in cancer therapy protocols. Here, we investigated the combined effects of stattic and docetaxel on the DU145 prostate cancer cell line. Cytotoxicity was evaluated by MTT assay. To understand molecular mechanisms of stattic action, apoptotic related genes including Bcl-2, Mcl-1, Survivin and Bax were evaluated by real-time RT-PCR. Alteration in the expression of pro-apoptotic Bax and anti-apoptotic Bcl-2 genes and Bax/Bcl-2 ratio were investigated via the 2ΔΔCTmethod. The IC50 values for docetaxel and stattic were 3.7 ± 0.9 nM and 4.6±0.8 μM, respectively. Evaluation of key gene expression levels revealed a noticeable decrease in antiapoptotic Bcl-2 and Mcl-1 along with an increase in pro-apoptotic Bax mRNA levels (p<0.05). Our results suggest that combination of a STAT3 inhibitor with doctaxel can be considered as a potent strategy for induction of apoptosis via increasing Bax mRNA expression.