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Anti-Cancer Agents in Medicinal Chemistry


ISSN (Print): 1871-5206
ISSN (Online): 1875-5992

Research Article

Determination of Usnic Acid Responsive miRNAs in Breast Cancer Cell Lines

Author(s): Nil Kiliç, Yasemin Ö. Islakoğlu, İlker Büyük, Bala Gür-Dedeoğlu and Demet Cansaran-Duman*

Volume 19 , Issue 12 , 2019

Page: [1463 - 1472] Pages: 10

DOI: 10.2174/1871520618666181112120142

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Objective: Breast Cancer (BC) is the most common type of cancer diagnosed in women. A common treatment strategy for BC is still not available because of its molecular heterogeneity and resistance is developed in most of the patients through the course of treatment. Therefore, alternative medicine resources as being novel treatment options are needed to be used for the treatment of BC. Usnic Acid (UA) that is one of the secondary metabolites of lichens used for different purposes in the field of medicine and its anti-proliferative effect has been shown in certain cancer types, suggesting its potential use for the treatment.

Methods: Anti-proliferative effect of UA in BC cells (MDA-MB-231, MCF-7, BT-474) was identified through MTT analysis. Microarray analysis was performed in cells treated with the effective concentration of UA and UA-responsive miRNAs were detected. Their targets and the pathways that they involve were determined using a miRNA target prediction tool.

Results: Microarray experiments showed that 67 miRNAs were specifically responsive to UA in MDA-MB-231 cells while 15 and 8 were specific to BT-474 and MCF-7 cells, respectively. The miRNA targets were mostly found to play role in Hedgehog signaling pathway. TGF-Beta, MAPK and apoptosis pathways were also the prominent ones according to the miRNA enrichment analysis.

Conclusion: The current study is important as being the first study in the literature which aimed to explore the UA related miRNAs, their targets and molecular pathways that may have roles in the BC. The results of pathway enrichment analysis and anti-proliferative effects of UA support the idea that UA might be used as a potential alternative therapeutic agent for BC treatment.

Keywords: microRNA, breast cancer, usnic acid, microarray, anti-proliferative effect, alternative therapeutic agent.

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