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Antineoplastic effects of CPPTL via the ROS/JNK pathway in acute myeloid leukemia

Hui-Er Gao, Yue Sun, Ya-Hui Ding, Jing Long, Xiao-Lei Liu, Ming Yang, Qing Ji, Ying-Hui Li, Yue Chen, Quan Zhang and Ying-Dai Gao _

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Oncotarget. 2017; 8:38990-39000. https://doi.org/10.18632/oncotarget.17166

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Hui-Er Gao1,*, Yue Sun1,*, Ya-Hui Ding2, Jing Long2, Xiao-Lei Liu1, Ming Yang1, Qing Ji1, Ying-Hui Li1, Yue Chen2, Quan Zhang2, Ying-Dai Gao1

1State Key Laboratory of Experimental Hematology, Institute of Hematology and Blood Diseases Hospital, Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences and Peking Union Medical College, Tianjin 300020, P. R. China

2State Key Laboratory of Medicinal Chemical Biology, College of Pharmacy, Nankai University, Tianjin 300353, P. R. China

*These authors contributed equally to this work

Correspondence to:

Quan Zhang, email: [email protected]

Ying-Dai Gao, email: [email protected]

Keywords: CPPTL, acute myeloid leukemia, ROS, JNK pathway

Received: February 23, 2017     Accepted: April 03, 2017     Published: April 17, 2017


Drug resistance and human leukocyte antigen (HLA) matching limit conventional treatment of acute myeloid leukemia (AML). Although several small molecule drugs are clinically used, single drug administration is not sufficient to cure AML, which has a high molecular diversity. Metabolic homeostasis plays a key role in determining cellular fate. Appropriate levels of reactive oxygen species (ROS) maintain the redox system balance, and excessive amounts of ROS cause oxidative damage, thus providing a strategy to eliminate cancer cells. CPPTL is a novel analogue of parthenolide that exhibited significant cytotoxicity to AML cells in vitro and induced apoptosis in a dose-dependent manner. Additionally, CPPTL’s prodrug DMA-CPPTL decreased the burden of AML engraftment and prolonged survival in a mouse model administered human primary AML cells in vivo. CPPTL induced apoptosis of AML cells by stimulating ROS production, and accumulation of ROS then activated the JNK pathway, thereby promoting mitochondrial damage. These results demonstrated that CPPTL effectively eradicated AML cells in vitro and in vivo and suggested that CPPTL may be a novel candidate for auxiliary AML therapy.

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