In human retinoblastoma Y79 cells okadaic acid–parthenolide co-treatment induces synergistic apoptotic effects, with PTEN as a key player.

Michela Giuliano, Anna De Blasio, Antonella D'Anneo, Riccardo Di Fiore, Renza Vento, Daniela Carlisi, Giuseppa Augello, Renza Vento, Giovanni Tesoriere, Giovanni Tesoriere, Giuseppa Augello, Rosa Drago Ferrante

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Retinoblastoma is the most common intraocular malignancy of childhood. In developing countries, treatment islimited, long-term survival rates are low and current chemotherapy causes significant morbidity to pediatric patients and significantly limits dosing. Therefore there is an urgent need to identify new therapeutic strategies to improve the clinical outcome of patients with retinoblastoma. here, we investigated the effects of two natural compounds okadaic acid (OKa) and parthenolide (PN) on human retinoblastoma Y79 cells. For the first time we showed that OKa/PNcombination at subtoxic doses induces potent synergistic apoptotic effects accompanied by lowering in p-akt levels,increasing in the stabilized forms of p53 and potent decrease in ps166-Mdm2. We also showed the key involvementof PTeN which, after OKa/PN treatment, potently increased before p53, thus suggesting that p53 activation was underPTeN action. Moreover, after PTEN-knockdown p-akt/ ps166Mdm2 increased over basal levels and p53 significantly lowered, while OKa/PN treatment failed both to lower p-akt and ps166-Mdm2 and to increase p53 below/over their basal levels respectively. OKa/PN treatment potently increased ROs levels whereas decreased those of Gsh. Reducing cellular Gsh by l-butathionine-[s,R]-sulfoximine treatment significantly anticipated the cytotoxic effect exerted by OKa/PN. Furthermore, the effects of OKa/PN treatment on both Gsh content and cell viability were less pronounced in PTeNsilenced cells than in control cells. The results provide strong suggestion for combining a treatment approach that targets the PTeN/akt/Mdm2/p53 pathway.
Lingua originaleEnglish
pagine (da-a)922-931
Numero di pagine10
Stato di pubblicazionePublished - 2013


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Molecular Medicine
  • Oncology
  • Pharmacology
  • Cancer Research

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