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Combination therapy with micellarized cyclopamine and temozolomide attenuate glioblastoma growth through Gli1 down-regulation

Yu-Jie Liu, Ying-Cong Ma, Wen-Jie Zhang, Zhen-Zhen Yang, De-Sheng Liang, Zhi-Fu Wu and Xian-Rong Qi _

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Oncotarget. 2017; 8:42495-42509. https://doi.org/10.18632/oncotarget.17205

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Yu-Jie Liu1, Ying-Cong Ma1, Wen-Jie Zhang1, Zhen-Zhen Yang1, De-Sheng Liang1, Zhi-Fu Wu2 and Xian-Rong Qi1

1Beijing Key Laboratory of Molecular Pharmaceutics and New Drug Delivery System, School of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Peking University, Beijing, 100191, PR China

2School of Materials Science and Engineering, Baise University, Guangxi Baise, 533000, PR China

Correspondence to:

Xian-Rong Qi, email: [email protected]

Keywords: cyclopamine, temozolomide, hedgehog pathway, synergistic effect, glioma

Received: January 28, 2017     Accepted: April 03, 2017     Published: April 18, 2017


Glioblastoma multiforme (GBM) is the most common and deadly brain cancer, characterized by its aggressive proliferation to adjacent tissue and high recurrence rate. We studied the efficacy and related mechanisms of the combination of cyclopamine (Cyp, a Sonic-hedgehog pathway (Shh) inhibitor) and temozolomide (TMZ, the clinically most used chemotherapeutic agent) in anti-GBM treatment. The micellarized Cyp (MCyp) showed better performance than Cyp solution in inhibiting GBM cells proliferation (3.77-fold against U87 MG cells and 3.28-fold against DBTRG-05MG cells) and clonogenity (1.35-fold against U87 MG cells and 2.17-fold against DBTRG-05MG cells), and preferred behavior of inhibiting cell invasion, colony formation through attenuated Gli1 expression. In addition, combination of MCyp and TMZ exhibited synergistic cytotoxicity, correlating with their ability in inducing apoptosis and eliminating neurospheres formation, and the combination of TMZ was accompanied with the enhanced blockage of Shh pathway. The optimal ratio of MCyp combined to TMZ was 1:20. So we proposed to use TMZ to kill tumor parenchyma and MCyp as the cancer stem cells inhibitor to resist tumor recurrence. These findings demonstrated that combination of TMZ with micellarized Cyp is a promising strategy for exerting different functions of drugs for tumor treatment.

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