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COX-2/sEH dual inhibitor PTUPB suppresses glioblastoma growth by targeting epidermal growth factor receptor and hyaluronan mediated motility receptor

Junyang Li, Yali Zhou, Handong Wang _, Yongyue Gao, Liwen Li, Sung Hee Hwang, Xiangjun Ji and Bruce D. Hammock

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Oncotarget. 2017; 8:87353-87363. https://doi.org/10.18632/oncotarget.20928

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Junyang Li1,*, Yali Zhou1,*, Handong Wang1, Yongyue Gao1, Liwen Li1, Sung Hee Hwang2, Xiangjun Ji1 and Bruce D. Hammock2

1Department of Neurosurgery, Jinling Hospital, Medical school of Nanjing University, Nanjing, 210002, China

2Department of Entomology and Nematology and UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center, University of California, Davis, CA 95616, USA

*These authors are contributed equally to this work

Correspondence to:

Handong Wang, email: [email protected]

Bruce D. Hammock, email: [email protected]

Keywords: cyclooxygenase-2, soluble epoxide hydrolase, epidermal growth factor receptor, hyaluronan mediated motility receptor, glioblastoma

Received: June 10, 2017     Accepted: August 26, 2017     Published: September 15, 2017


Aims: Cyclooxygenase-2 (COX-2)/soluble epoxide hydrolase (sEH) dual inhibitor, PTUPB, has been demonstrated to inhibit angiogenesis, primary tumor growth and metastasis. The aim of this study is to investigate the effects of PTUPB on glioblastoma cells and xenograft model.

Results: We show here that PTUPB inhibits glioblastoma cell proliferation and G1 phase cell cycle arrest in vitro, and suppresses the tumor growth and angiogenesis in vivo. The expression and activation of epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) and its downstream kinases, ERK1/2 and AKT, are reduced by PTUPB, indicating that the EGF/EGFR signaling pathway is a potential target. Moreover, PTUPB dramatically suppresses expression of hyaluronan mediated motility receptor (HMMR) in the glioblastoma cell lines and xenograft mouse model, suggesting that the HMMR is the other potential target.

Materials and Methods: Cellular immunofluorescence assays were used for cell staining of actin fibers and HMMR. CCK-8 kit was used for cell proliferation assay. Cell-cycle analysis was performed by flow cytometry. Quantitative real-time PCR assay was performed to test mRNA level. Western blot analysis was used to test protein expression. Immunohistochemical staining assay was used for xenograft tumor tissue staining of Ki-67, CD31 and HMMR. The SPSS version 17.0 software was applied for statistical analysis.

Conclusions: Our data demonstrate that PTUPB is a potential therapeutic agent to treat glioblastomas.

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