Proteomics Analysis for Identification of Potential Cell Signaling Pathways and Protein Targets of Actions of Atractylodin and β-Eudesmol Against Cholangiocarcinoma

Document Type : Research Articles


1 Chulabhorn International College of Medicine, Thammasat University, Paholyothin Road, Klonglung, Pathumthani Thailand.

2 Center for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (BIOTEC), National Science and Technology Development Agency, Pathumthani Thailand.


Objective: The study aimed to identify potential cell signaling pathways and protein targets of actions of atractylodin and β-eudesmol in cholangiocarcinoma, the two active compounds isolated from Atracylodes lancea using proteomics approach. Method: The cholangiocarcinoma cell line, CL-6, was treated with each compound for 3 and 6 hours, and the proteins from both intra- and extracellular components were extracted. LC-MS/MS was applied following the separation of the extract proteins by SDS-PAGE and digestion with trypsin. Signaling pathways and protein expression were analyzed by MASCOT and STITCH software. Results: A total of 4,323 and 4,318 proteins were identified from intra- and extracellular components, respectively. Six and 4 intracellular proteins were linked with the signaling pathways (apoptosis, cell cycle control, and PI3K-AKT) of atractylodin and β-eudesmol, respectively. Four and 3 extracellular proteins were linked with the signaling pathways (NF-κB and PI3K-AKT) of atractylodin and β-eudesmol, respectively. Conclusion: In conclusion, a total of 17 proteins associated with four cell signaling pathways that could be potential molecular targets of anticholangiocarcinoma action of atractylodin and β-eudesmol were identified through the application of proteomics approach.


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