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Wogonoside prevents colitis-associated colorectal carcinogenesis and colon cancer progression in inflammation-related microenvironment via inhibiting NF-κB activation through PI3K/Akt pathway

Yang Sun _, Yue Zhao, Xiaoping Wang, Li Zhao, Wenjun Li, Youxiang Ding, Lingyi Kong, Qinglong Guo and Na Lu

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Oncotarget. 2016; 7:34300-34315. https://doi.org/10.18632/oncotarget.8815

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Yang Sun1,2,3,*, Yue Zhao1,2,3,*, Xiaoping Wang1,2,3, Li Zhao1,2,3, Wenjun Li1,2,3, Youxiang Ding1,2,3, Lingyi Kong1, Qinglong Guo1,2,3, Na Lu1,2,3

1State Key Laboratory of Natural Medicines, Department of Natural Medicinal Chemistry, China Pharmaceutical University, Nanjing 210009, China

2Jiangsu Key Laboratory of Carcinogenesis and Intervention, China Pharmaceutical University, Nanjing 210009, China

3Jiangsu Key Laboratory of Drug Design and Optimization, China Pharmaceutical University, Nanjing 210009, China

*These authors have contributed equally to this work

Correspondence to:

Qinglong Guo, e-mail: [email protected]

Na Lu, e-mail: [email protected]

Keywords: wogonoside, AOM/DSS mouse model, colitis-associated cancer, NF-κB

Received: October 22, 2015    Accepted: March 28, 2016    Published: April 18, 2016


The inflammatory microenvironment has been reported to be correlated with tumor initiation and malignant development. In the previous studies we have found that wogonoside exerts anti-neoplastic and anti-inflammatory activities. In this study, we aimed to further investigate the chemopreventive effects of wogonoside on colitis-associated cancer and delineated the potential mechanisms. In the azoxymethane initiated and dextran sulfate sodium (AOM/DSS) promoted colorectal carcinogenesis mouse model, wogonoside significantly reduced the disease severity, lowered tumor incidence and inhibited the development of colorectal adenomas. Moreover, wogonoside inhibited inflammatory cells infiltration and cancer cell proliferation at tumor site. Furthermore, wogonoside dramatically decreased the secretion and expression of IL-1β, IL-6 and TNF-α as well as the nuclear expression of NF-κB in adenomas and surrounding tissues. In vitro results showed that wogonoside suppressed the proliferation of human colon cancer cells in the inflammatory microenvironment. Mechanistically, we found that wogonoside inhibited NF-κB activation via PI3K/Akt pathway. In conclusion, our results demonstrated that wogonoside attenuated colitis-associated tumorigenesis in mice and inhibited the progression of human colon cancer in inflammation-related microenvironment via suppressing NF-κB activation by PI3K/Akt pathway, indicating that wogonoside could be a promising therapeutic agent for colorectal cancer.

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