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Protein & Peptide Letters


ISSN (Print): 0929-8665
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Research Article

Acetogenin Extracted from Annona muricata Prevented the Actions of EGF in PA-1 Ovarian Cancer Cells

Author(s): Loganayaki Periyasamy, Bharathi Muruganantham, Malarvizhi Deivasigamani, Hariprasath Lakshmanan and Sridhar Muthusami*

Volume 28, Issue 3, 2021

Published on: 16 September, 2020

Page: [304 - 314] Pages: 11

DOI: 10.2174/0929866527666200916141730

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Background: In individuals with ovarian cancer, an increase in the circulating level of the epidermal growth factor (EGF) is readily apparent. Ovarian cancer cells exhibit signaling pathway of the epidermal growth factor (EGFR) and respond to the EGF. Annona muricata (AM) has been shown to decrease ovarian cell proliferation however, role of AM in regulating EGF actions is not yet to be reported.

Objective: In this study, we proposed that the fractionated compound acetogenin can inhibit the activation of EGFR-regulated signaling cascades such as MAPK7 / PI3K-Akt / mTOR / STAT upon EGF stimulation.

Methods: Ethanolic extract was prepared for the whole AM plant and Thin Layer Chromatography (TLC) was performed to characterize the secondary metabolites and each fraction was assessed using kedde reagent for the presence of acetogenin. The effects of acetogenins were then tested on the survival of PA-1 ovarian cancer cells under basal and EGF stimulated conditions. To delineate the role of acetogenin in EGFR signaling cascades, the in silico docking studies were conducted.

Results: The fraction of acetogenin decreased the viability of EGF induced PA-1 ovarian cancer cells that indicating the EGF inhibitory effects of acetogenin. The docking studies specifically illustrated that when the acetogenin binding with tyrosine kinase (TK) and regulatory unit (RU) which subsequently resulted in a reduction in EGF induced the survival of PA-1 ovarian cancer cells.

Discussion: The vital regulatory role of acetogenin reported in this study indicate significant anticancer activities of acetogenin from AM. The in silico study of the acetogenin function predicted that it binds specifically to Asp837 (phosphor-acceptor site) of EGFR, essential for phosphorylation of substrates in the TK domain and RU which promote downstream signaling.

Conclusion: Acetogenin isolated from AM effectively inhibited the survival of PA-1 ovarian cancer cells through impaired EGF signaling.

Keywords: Annona muricata, fractionation, acetogenin, EGF, EGFR, PA-1 cells, in silico.

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