Lupeol may act as a potent inhibitor of the EGFR signalling in oral squamous cell carcinoma. - GreenMedInfo Summary
Lupeol evokes anticancer effects in oral squamous cell carcinoma by inhibiting oncogenic EGFR pathway.
Mol Cell Biochem. 2016 Jun ;417(1-2):97-110. Epub 2016 May 20. PMID: 27206736
Epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) pathway is overexpressed in head and neck cancer (HNC). Lupeol, a natural triterpene (phytosterol found in fruits, vegetables, etc.), has been reported to be effective against multiple cancer indications. Here we investigate the antitumor effects of Lupeol and underlying mechanism in oral cancer. Lupeol-induced antitumor response was evaluated in two oral squamous cell carcinoma (OSCC) cell lines (UPCI:SCC131 and UPCI:SCC084) by viability (MTT), proliferation, and colony formation assays. Lupeol-mediated induction of apoptosis was examined by caspase 3/7 assay and flow cytometry. Effect of Lupeol on EGFR in the presence or absence of EGF was delineated by Western blot. The mRNA stability assay was performed to check the role of Lupeol on COX-2 mRNA regulation. Lupeol inhibited proliferation of OSCC cells in vitro by inducing apoptosis 48 h post treatment. Ligand-induced phosphorylation of EGFR and subsequent activation of its downstream molecules such as protein kinase B (PKB or AKT), I kappa B (IκB), and nuclear factor kappa B (NF-κB) was also found to be, in part, suppressed. Interestingly, Lupeol suppressed expression of COX-2 at mRNA and protein level in a time-dependent manner. Primary explants from oral squamous cell carcinoma tissues further confirmed significant inhibition of proliferation (Ki67) in Lupeol-treated explants as compared to untreated control at 48 h. Together these data suggest that Lupeol may act asa potent inhibitor of the EGFR signaling in OSCC and therefore imply its role in triggering antitumor efficacy.