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Year : 2009    Volume : 41   Num : 3pages : 151  
Title Inhibition of cell proliferation by a resveratrol analog in human pancreatic and breast cancer cells
AuthorYoung Bin Hong1*, Hyo Jin Kang1*, Hee Jeong Kim1, Eliot M. Rosen1,2,3, Sivanesan Dakshanamurthy1,4, Riccardo Rondanin5, Riccardo Baruchello5, Giuseppina Grisolia5, Simoni Daniele5, and Insoo Bae1,2,6
Abstract

Resveratrol has been reported to possess cancer preventive properties. In this study, we analyzed anti-tumor activity of a newly synthesized resveratrol analog, cis-3,4',5-trimethoxy-3'-hydroxystilbene (hereafter called 11b) towards breast and pancreatic cancer cell lines. 11b treatments reduced the proliferation of human pancreatic and breast cancer cells, arrested cells in the G2/M phase, and increased the percentage of cells in the subG1/G0 fraction. The 11b treatments also increased the total levels of mitotic checkpoint proteins such as BubR1, Aurora B, Cyclin B, and phosphorylated histone H3. Mechanistically, 11b blocks microtubule polymerization in vitro and it disturbed microtubule networks in both pancreatic and breast cancer cell lines. Computational modeling of the 11b-tubulin interaction indicates that the dimethoxyphenyl group of 11b can bind to the colchicine binding site of tubulin. Our studies show that the 11b treatment effects occur at lower concentrations than similar effects associated with resveratrol treatments and that microtubules may be the primary target for the observed effects of 11b. These studies suggest that 11b should be further examined as a potentially potent clinical chemotherapeutic agent for treating pancreatic and breast cancer patients.

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