OPN b and c Isoforms Doubtless Veto Anti-angiogenesis Effects of Curcumin in Combination with Conventional AML Regiment

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Hematology, Oncology and Stem Cell Transplantation Research Center, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran.


Osteopontin (OPN) is an extracellular structural protein that is secreted by osteoblasts and hematopoietic cells. It suppresses the proliferation of hematopoietic stem and also plays an important role in promoting survival and drug resistance in leukemic stem cells (LSCs). Since the role of OPN isoforms in AML angiogenesis are remaining controversial, in the present study, we aimed to evaluate whether curcumin (CUR), as a known natural component with anti-angiogenesis effects, in a combination of AML conventional regiment has the potency to preclude induced anti-angiogenesis effects of OPN isoforms or not? Leukemia cells were treated with different concentration of CUR and AML conventional drugs alone and/or in combination with together to find effective doses and IC50 values. Percentages of apoptotic cells were evaluated by Annexin/PI staining and mRNA levels of OPN isoforms and AKT/ VEGF-A and VEGF-C/ STAT3/ β-catenin/ CXCR4/ IL-6/ KDR gene expression were investigated by Real Time-PCR method. Moreover, to confirm OPN gene expression data, we investigated the effect of simvastatin and OPN siRNA as an OPN inhibitor on the cell proliferation and induction of apoptosis in the indicated cell lines. Our data display that Ara-c (2μM and 1μM in KG-1 and U937 cell lines respectively), CUR (40μM in both cell lines), and also their combination significantly increased the percentage of apoptotic cells. Moreover, the mRNA level of OPN isoforms were down regulated in the KG-1and U937 cell lines treated with Ara-c while, upregulated in KG-1and U937 cell lines treated with CUR and its combination. Our results suggest that despite anti-angiogenesis effects of CUR, AML cells probably evade from anti-angiogenesis effects of CUR via induction of OPN b and c isoform and related molecular pathways.


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