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The effect of piperlongumine on endothelial and lung adenocarcinoma cells with regulated expression of profilin-1

Authors Gagat M, Hałas-Wiśniewska M, Zielińska W, Izdebska M, Grzanka D, Grzanka A

Received 8 August 2018

Accepted for publication 16 October 2018

Published 22 November 2018 Volume 2018:11 Pages 8275—8292


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Editor who approved publication: Dr Tohru Yamada

Maciej Gagat,1 Marta Hałas-Wiśniewska,1 Wioletta Zielińska,1 Magdalena Izdebska,1 Dariusz Grzanka,2 Alina Grzanka1

1Department of Histology and Embryology, Faculty of Medicine, Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń, Collegium Medicum in Bydgoszcz, Bydgoszcz, Poland; 2Department of Clinical Pathomorphology, Faculty of Medicine, Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń, Collegium Medicum in Bydgoszcz, Bydgoszcz, Poland

Purpose: The aim of the study was to evaluate the effect of piperlongumine (2 and 4 µM) on endothelial EA.hy926 and lung adenocarcinoma A549 cells with regulated expression of profilin-1 (PFN1).
Material and methods: The cytotoxicity of alkaloid was evaluated by MTT assay, while cell death was assessed using double staining with annexin V and propidium iodide. Subsequently, the level of PFN1 1) upregulation in EA.hy926 endothelial cells and 2) downregulation in A549 lung adenocarcinoma cells. The next step was the analysis of the effect of PFN1 manipulation on cytoskeletal proteins.
Results: The results showed that piperlongumine may inhibit proliferation of EA.hy926 and A549 cell lines and also induce cell death in a dose-dependent manner. Furthermore, endothelial cells with PFN1 overexpression showed lower sensitivity to alkaloid and strengthening of cell–cell interactions. In the case of A549 cells, loss of PFN1 expression resulted in a lower percentage of early apoptotic cells, reorganization of F-actin and vimentin network, and reduction of migratory potential.
Conclusion: We suggest that upregulation of PFN1 in endothelial cell line may stabilize the cell junctions. In turn, PFN1 downregulation in A549 cells probably suppresses cell migration and sensitizes cells to anticancer agents.

Keywords: profilin-1, piperlongumine, lung cancer, endothelial cell, F-actin, lung adeno­carcinoma

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