Adjudin - A Male Contraceptive with Anti-Cancer, Anti-Neuroinflammation and Anti-Ototoxicity Activities
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Yan-ho Cheng, Weiliang Xia, Xiang Xiao, Elizabeth Tang, Haiqi Chen, Qing Wen, Ying Gao, Dolores Mruk, Bruno Silvestrini and C. Yan Cheng
Adjudin, 1-(2,4-dichlorobenzyl)-1H-indazole-3-carbohydrazide, is an
indazole-based compound and a testis-specific adherens junction disruption inducer.
Adjudin is also an analog of the anticancer drug lonidamine. Studies have shown that
adjudin is an effective male contraceptive in rats, rabbits, and beagle dogs. Adjudin is
known to exert its effects primarily at the testis-specific actin-rich adherens junction
known as ectoplasmic specialization (ES), most notably in the adluminal compartment
called apical ES at the Sertoli-spermatid (step 8-19) interface in adult rat testes. Similar
ultrastructures of apical ES are also found in the mouse, dog and human testes.
Specifically, adjudin has been shown to perturb the organization of actin microfilament
bundles at the ES, which in turn, perturbs adhesion protein complexes that utilize
F-actin for attachment.
The net result thus perturbs spermatid adhesion to the Sertoli cell in the testis, leading
to massive exfoliation of elongated/elongating spermatids, to be followed by round
spermatids, spermatocytes and differentiated spermatogonia, but not undifferentiated
spermatogonia. This thus induces reversible infertility in rats, rabbits and beagle dogs
due to the loss of germ cells in the seminiferous epithelium; and undifferentiated spermatogonia gradually replace all classes of germ cells via spermatogenesis, making
the adjudin treated animals fertile again. Recent studies, however, have shown that
adjudin also possesses biological activities to disrupt cancer growth and tumorigenesis.
It also interferes with neuroinflammation by reducing ischemia-induced microglial
activation in mice. Furthermore, adjudin protects rodent cochlear hair cells against
gentamicin-induced ototoxicity via the SIRT3-ROS (SIRT3 also known as Sirtuin 3,
silent mating type information regulation 3 homolog (a mitochondria NAD-dependent
protein deacetylase)-reactive oxygen species) pathway. In this review, we summarize
some of the recent findings, in particular the likely mechanism(s) of action, regarding
the multiple biological activities of adjudin, illustrating this potential male
contraceptive has other added health benefits, such as preventing cancer growth and
development. Furthermore, its use as novel anti-cancer drug is an area of research that
can be further explored. Using a multidrug nanocarrier to deliver adjudin, in
combination with other anti-cancer drug(s) (e.g. doxorubicin), this approach has been
used successfully to eradicate drug resistant cancer cells.
Adjudin, Anti-cancer drug, Anti-inflammatory drug, Anti-ototoxicity
drug, Male contraceptive, Spermatogenesis, Testis.
The Mary M. Wohlford Laboratory for Male Contraceptive Research, Center for Biomedical Research, Population Council, 1230 York Ave, New York, 10065, USA.