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Hormophysa triquerta polyphenol, an elixir that deters CXCR4- and COX2-dependent dissemination destiny of treatment-resistant pancreatic cancer cells

Sheeja Aravindan, Satishkumar Ramraj, Kathiresan Kandasamy, Somasundaram S. Thirugnanasambandan, Dinesh Babu Somasundaram, Terence S. Herman and Natarajan Aravindan _

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Oncotarget. 2017; 8:5717-5734. https://doi.org/10.18632/oncotarget.13900

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Sheeja Aravindan1,2, Satishkumar Ramraj3, Kathiresan Kandasamy1, Somasundaram S. Thirugnanasambandan1, Dinesh Babu Somasundaram3, Terence S. Herman2,3 and Natarajan Aravindan3

1 Department of Marine Sciences, Center of Advanced Study in Marine Biology, Annamalai University, Parangipettai, TN, India

2 Stephenson Cancer Center, Oklahoma City, OK, USA

3 Department of Radiation Oncology, University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, Oklahoma City, OK, USA

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Natarajan Aravindan, email:

Keywords: pancreatic cancer; seaweed polyphenols; tumor invasion and metastasis; residual pancreatic cancer; tumor relapse and recurrence

Received: October 11, 2016 Accepted: November 23, 2016 Published: December 10, 2016


Therapy-resistant pancreatic cancer (PC) cells play a crucial role in tumor relapse, recurrence, and metastasis. Recently, we showed the anti-PC potential of an array of seaweed polyphenols and identified efficient drug deliverables. Herein, we investigated the benefit of one such deliverable, Hormophysa triquerta polyphenol (HT-EA), in regulating the dissemination physiognomy of therapy-resistant PC cells in vitro,and residual PC in vivo. Human PC cells exposed to ionizing radiation (IR), with/without HT-EA pre-treatment were examined for the alterations in the tumor invasion/metastasis (TIM) transcriptome (93 genes, QPCR-profiling). Utilizing a mouse model of residual PC, we investigated the benefit of HT-EA in the translation regulation of crucial TIM targets (TMA-IHC). Radiation activated 30, 50, 15, and 38 TIM molecules in surviving Panc-1, Panc-3.27, BxPC3, and MiaPaCa-2 cells. Of these, 15, 44, 12, and 26 molecules were suppressed with HT-EA pre-treatment. CXCR4 and COX2 exhibited cell-line-independent increases after IR, and was completely suppressed with HT-EA, across all PC cells. HT-EA treatment resulted in translational repression of IR-induced CXCR4, COX2, β-catenin, MMP9, Ki-67, BAPX, PhPT-1, MEGF10, and GRB10 in residual PC. Muting CXCR4 or COX2 regulated the migration/invasion potential of IR-surviving cells, while forced expression of CXCR4 or COX2 significantly increased migration/invasion capabilities of PC cells. Further, treatment with HT-EA significantly inhibited IR-induced and CXCR4/COX2 forced expression-induced PC cell migration/invasion. This study (i) documents the TIM blueprint in therapy-resistant PC cells, (ii) defines the role of CXCR4 and COX2 in induced metastatic potential, and (iii) recognizes the potential of HT-EA in deterring the CXCR4/COX2-dependent dissemination destiny of therapy-resistant residual PC cells.

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