Promising Anticancer Effect of Aurisin A Against the Human Lung Cancer A549 Cell Line

Document Type : Research Articles


1 Faculty of Public Health, Kasetsart University Chalermphrakiat Sakon Nakhon Province Campus, Sakon Nakhon,Thailand.

2 Department of Parasitology, Faculty of Medicine, Khon Kaen University, Khon Kaen, Thailand.

3 Cholangiocarcinoma Research Institute, Faculty of Medicine, Khon Kaen University, Khon Kaen, Thailand.

4 Natural Products Research Unit, Department of Chemistry and Center of Excellence for Innovation in Chemistry, Faculty of Science, Khon Kaen University, Khon Kaen, Thailand.

5 Department of Microbiology, Faculty of Medicine, Khon Kaen University, Khon Kaen , Thailand.

6 Research Administration Division, Khon Kaen University, Khon Kaen, Thailand.


Objective: To investigate the anticancer effect of aurisin A and the underlying mechanisms of its action on the human lung cancer A549 cell line. Methods: Cell viability was determined by sulforhodamine B (SRB) assay, while cell cycle distribution and apoptosis were measured by flow cytometry. The molecular underlying mechanisms of anti-cancer properties of aurisin A was determined by western blot analysis. Results: Aurisin A exerts its anticancer effects by inhibiting cell growth (p<0.001), increasing the proportion of cells at the G0/G1 phase (p<0.001), and decreasing the expression of cyclin D (p<0.05) and cyclin-dependent kinase 4 (Cdk-4) (p<0.001). Nuclear morphological changes were observed in aurisin A-treated cells, demonstrated by a dose-dependent increase in the number of apoptosis cells (p<0.001). After aurisin A treatment, B-cell lymphoma 2 (Bcl-2) was down-regulated (p<0.05), cleaved caspase-3 was up-regulated (p<0.05). In addition, aurisin A inhibits migration of cancer cells in a dose-dependent manner (p<0.001) and decreases the expression of epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) (p<0.05) and phosphorylated p38 (pp38) (p<0.05). Conclusion: These results indicated that in-vitro treatment of aurisin A against this human lung cancer cell line inhibits cell proliferation and migration, and induces apoptosis and cell-cycle arrest.  Aurisin A is a promising anticancer agent for use against human lung cancer.


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