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Metapristone (RU486 metabolite) suppresses NSCLC by targeting EGFR-mediated PI3K/AKT pathway

Jingwei Shao, Guirong Zheng, Hongning Chen, Jian Liu, Aixiao Xu, Fan Chen, Tao Li, Yusheng Lu, Jianguo Xu, Ning Zheng and Lee Jia _

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Oncotarget. 2017; 8:78351-78364. https://doi.org/10.18632/oncotarget.18640

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Jingwei Shao1,*, Guirong Zheng1,*, Hongning Chen1,*, Jian Liu1, Aixiao Xu1, Fan Chen1, Tao Li1, Yusheng Lu1, Jianguo Xu1, Ning Zheng1 and Lee Jia1

1Cancer Metastasis Alert and Prevention Center, Fujian Provincial Key Laboratory of Cancer Metastasis Chemoprevention and Chemotherapy, Fuzhou University, Fuzhou 350002, China

*These authors have contributed equally to this work

Correspondence to:

Lee Jia, email: [email protected], [email protected]

Keywords: non-small cell lung cancer, EGFR, metapristone, cell proliferation, cell apoptosis

Received: March 09, 2017     Accepted: May 22, 2017     Published: June 27, 2017


Therapies targeting epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) can effectively treat with non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC), but NSCLC’s drug resistance makes it intractable. Herein, we showed that RU486 metabolite metapristone inhibited the proliferation of various NSCLC cell lines with either wild (A549, H1299, H520) or mutated EGFR (H1975, HCC827). The suppression was resulted from inhibition by metapristone of EGFR signaling pathways through down-regulating the EGFR, PTEN, as well as AKT and ERK proteins. In addition, metapristone inhibited anti-apoptotic marker Bcl-2, and activated pro-apoptotic key signaling proteins caspase-3, and poly (ADP-ribose) polymerase. Metapristone induced A549 and H1975 cell cycle via arrest at the G0-G1 stage. What’s more, metapristone inhibited the growth of NSCLC xenografts in BALB/c nude mice through decreasing the expression of tumor growth biomarkers PCNA and EGFR. Taken together, the present study demonstrated that metapristone suppressed NSCLC proliferation by promoting apoptosis via decrease the cellular EGFR-mediated PI3K/AKT pathways. The results suggest metapristone a new treatment for EGFR-overexpressed NSCLC.

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