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Tumor metastasis is the main cause of cancer-related deaths of patients. Breast cancer is highly malignant with considerable metastatic potential, which urges the necessity for developing novel potential drug candidate to prevent tumor metastasis. Here, we report our finding with Cucurbitacin E (CuE, α-elaterin), a tetracyclic triterpenes compound isolated(More)
Tumor angiogenesis is one of the hallmarks of the development in malignant neoplasias and metastasis. Many angiogenesis inhibitors are small molecules from natural products. Indirubin, the active component of a traditional Chinese herbal medicine, Banlangen, has been shown to exhibit antitumor and anti-inflammation effects. But its roles in tumor(More)
Activation of p53 effectively inhibits tumor angiogenesis that is necessary for tumor growth and metastasis. Reactivation of the p53 by small molecules has emerged as a promising new strategy for cancer therapy. Several classes of small-molecules that activate the p53 pathway have been discovered using various approaches. Here, we identified harmine(More)
Accumulating evidence demonstrates important roles for histone deacetylase in tumorigenesis (HDACs), highlighting them as attractive targets for antitumor drug development. Histone deactylase inhibitors (HDACIs), which have shown favorable anti-tumor activity with low toxicity in clinical investigations, are a promising class of anticancer therapeutics.(More)
Tumor growth depends on angiogenesis and inducing angiogenesis is one of the most important hallmarks in the cancer development. Treatment with small molecules that inhibit angiogenesis has been an effective strategy for anti-cancer therapy. Some anti-angiogenic factors are derived from traditional Chinese herbs. Usnic acid (UA), an active compound mainly(More)
Cell migration and invasion are key processes in the metastasis of cancer, and suppression of these steps is a promising strategy for cancer therapeutics. The aim of this study was to explore small molecules for treating colorectal cancer (CRC) and to investigate their anti-metastatic mechanisms. In this study, six CRC cell lines were used. We showed that(More)
The REGγ-proteasome serves as a short-cut for the destruction of certain intact mammalian proteins in the absence of ubiquitin- and ATP. The biological roles of the proteasome activator REGγ are not completely understood. Here we demonstrate that REGγ controls degradation of protein kinase A catalytic subunit-α (PKAca) both in primary human umbilical vein(More)
High levels of polyamines were observed and were related to a poor prognosis in cancer patients. However, the mechanism is not obvious. The aim of this study is to mimic the extracellular polyamines in a tumor microenviroment and to explore the role of extracellular polyamines in the proliferation and migration of cancer cells. Three different(More)
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE Compounds targeting epigenetic events of tumours are likely to be an important addition to anticancer therapy. Histone deacetylase inhibitors (HDACI) have emerged as a promising novel class for therapeutic interventions associated with cancer, and many of them are currently in clinical investigation. Here, we assessed a novel(More)
Approximately 90% of cancer-associated deaths result from disseminated tumors, indicating the ineffectiveness of current therapies and the imperative need of antimetastatic drugs. A novel pharmacophore with flavonoid and naphthalimide moieties was constructed by using a fragment-based drug design and a series of eight flavone-naphthalimide-polyamine(More)