Blockage of Wnt/β-catenin Signaling Pathway in Colorectal Cancer Resistant Cells by Nitazoxanide Effects on Peptidylarginine Deiminases Expression

Document Type : Research Articles


1 Department of Clinical Biochemistry, Faculty of Medicine, Kashan University of Medical Sciences, Kashan, Iran.

2 Department of Medical Genetics, Faculty of Medicine, Shahid Sadoughi University of Medical Sciences, Yazd, Iran.

3 Department of Clinical Biochemistry, Faculty of Medicine, Tabriz University of Medical Sciences, Tabriz, Iran.

4 Department of Clinical Biochemistry, Faculty of Medicine, Shiraz University of Medical Sciences, Shiraz, Iran.


Background: Multidrug resistance (MDR) is a major cause of unsuccessful cancer treatment in which drugs are not effective. Therefore, it is necessary to identify the critical mechanisms of the development of MDR and target those with novel compounds. Accordingly, the current study is the first to investigate the combination effect and molecular mechanism of nitazoxanide (NTZ) and oxaliplatin (OXP) on LS174T/OXP-resistant cells. Methods: The effect of NTZ on OXP cytotoxicity in LS174T and LS174T/OXP cell lines was evaluated by MTT assay. Changes in expression levels of MDR1, MRP1, CTNNB1, peptidylarginine deiminase (PAD)2, and PAD4 genes and proteins were evaluated by RT-qPCR and western blotting methods, respectively. Lastly, the apoptosis assay was performed by flow cytometer. Results: OXP resistant and sensitive cells were identified based on the IC50 values (11567 nM vs. 1745 nM, p<0.05 for 24 h treatment; and 5161 nM vs. 882 nM, p<0.05 for 48 h incubation). The combination of NTZ and OXP for 48 h led to a reduction in IC50 values in resistant cells (2154 nM, p<0.05). The effect of NTZ plus OXP significantly decreased the expression of MDR1 (p<0.001), MRP1 (p<0.05), and CTNNB1 (p<0.001), while PAD2 and PAD4 expression was significantly increased (p<0.001). This combination therapy enhanced the percentage of the sub-G1 population (apoptosed) compared to other groups. Conclusion: The results showed that NTZ leads to notable upregulation of PAD2 and PAD4, which can disrupt the Wnt/β-catenin signaling pathway and reverse the MDR by reducing MDR1 and MRP1 expression.


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Volume 23, Issue 9
September 2022
Pages 3215-3222
  • Receive Date: 28 February 2022
  • Revise Date: 15 May 2022
  • Accept Date: 28 September 2022
  • First Publish Date: 28 September 2022